Written and directed by Michael and Peter Spierig, Winchester stars Mirren as the wealthy recluse who feared she was being haunted by the souls of people who were killed by the Winchester Repeating Rifle. Following the deaths of her husband and child, she threw herself into the 24/7 construction of an enormous 160-plus-room mansion — complete with staircases that lead nowhere — designed to keep the evil spirits at bay. When skeptical San Francisco psychiatrist Eric Price (Jason Clarke) is dispatched to the estate to evaluate Sarah, he learns that her obsession might not be so insane after all.
Today, the Winchester Mystery House remains a popular tourist destination in San Jose, CA. Construction began in 1884 of the Queen Anne Victorian-style estate and continued until Sarah’s death on September 5, 1922.
Mirren was in San Jose filming last weekend.