Winchester (15)



Thriller (2018)
99mins Australia/US

Starring: Jason Clarke, Sarah Snook, Dame Helen Mirren
Director: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig
Writer(s): Michael Spierig, Tom Vaughan, Peter Spierig
Listings: London | Rest of UK and Ireland

In March 1881, Sarah Winchester inherits a 20 million US dollar fortune and a 51 percent stake in the Winchester Repeating Arms Company following the death of her husband. Curiously, Sarah uses her fortune to construct a vast mansion on an isolated stretch of land located 50 miles outside of San Francisco. It transpires that Sarah is not building a grand legacy for her niece but an inescapable prison for vengeful ghosts that Sarah believes are destined to haunt her to the grave.

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Winchester (15)

Directed by Michael and Peter Spierig, ringmasters of the eighth instalment of the Saw franchise, Winchester fleshes out the spooky mythology of a curious architectural landmark in San Jose, California. The Winchester Mystery House is a popular tourist attraction, which survived the devastating 1906 San Francisco earthquake and proudly claims to be one of America's most haunted residences. The wicked whispers that swirl around the grand Victorian property are far more tantalising than anything the Spierig brothers summon from the murky depths of their imaginations. Doors shake violently, a whispering wind blows out a flickering flame, strange noises emanate from the dank confines of a basement, and a cherubic boy is possessed by a malevolent spirit that causes his voice to drop two octaves...

Winchester. Copyright: Lionsgate Films. Caption: Helen Mirren as Sarah Winchester, Jason Clarke as Eric Price and Angus Sampson as John Hansen in Winchester, directed by Michael and Peter Spierig. Photo: Ben King. All Rights Reserved.Dame Helen Mirren is squandered as the grieving widow at the centre of the escalating supernatural madness. Draped in funereal garb from the moment she glides into view, the mercurial Oscar winner works tirelessly to sell us clumsy dialogue and predictable plot twists that will seem desperately outdated to scare-savvy modern audiences. Mirren plays Sarah Winchester, who inherits a 20 million US dollar fortune and the controlling stake in the Winchester Repeating Arms Company following the death of her husband in March 1881.

With great power comes a terrible responsibility. Sarah believes that profiting from death follows her like a shadow and she will be haunted to the grave by the ghosts of men, women and children shot dead with Winchester rifles. She uses her fortune to construct a vast mansion to contain vengeful spectres that wish her harm. In April 1906, brilliant medic Eric Price (Jason Clarke), who habitually abuses laudanum to numb the pain of losing his wife (Laura Brent), is summoned to "the house of never-ending construction" to assess Sarah's mental capacity. Other shareholders want Sarah declared unfit to preside over the munitions empire and are willing to pay 600 US dollars for an "appropriate assessment". Arriving at the house, Eric encounters construction foreman John Hansen (Angus Sampson), a dizzying array of household staff including butler Thomas (Eamon Farren), and the two other permanent residents: Sarah's niece Marion (Sarah Snook) and her young son Henry (Finn Scicluna-O'Prey). As night falls, a bell tolls and something evil stirs.

Winchester shares a few stylistic similarities to The Woman In Black but the only compelling darkness here is Dame Helen's sombre attire. We are in achingly familiar territory and a linear script, co-written by Tom Vaughan, groans almost as loudly as the mansion's polished floorboards. The Spierigs are content to trade in cheap shocks to convince us to jump out of seats in between yawns and impatient glances at watches. In 99 minutes, I shuddered once. A disappointingly poor investment.

- Sam Cannon

Winchester. Copyright: Lionsgate Films. Caption: Dame Helen Mirren as Sarah Winchester in Winchester, directed by Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig. All Rights Reserved.


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Rest of UK and Irish Cinemas

Listed in alphabetical order by city/place name followed by cinema name.

From Friday 9th February
To Thursday 15th February

- Aberdeen, Cineworld Aberdeen - Union Square
- Aberdeen, Vue Aberdeen
- Antrim, Antrim Omniplex
- Arklow, Arklow Omniplex
- Ashford, Cineworld Ashford
- Ashton-under-Lyne, Cineworld Ashton-under-Lyne
- Ballymena, IMC Ballymena
- Bangor, Bangor Omniplex
- Barnstaple, Central Cinema
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Bath, Odeon Bath
- Batley, Showcase Leeds
- Bedford, Vue Bedford
- Belfast, Movie House Cityside (Yorkgate)
- Belfast, Movie House Dublin Road
- Bicester, Vue Bicester
- Birkenhead, Vue Birkenhead
- Birmingham, Cineworld Birmingham NEC
- Birmingham, Odeon Birmingham New Street
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Blackburn, Vue Blackburn
- Boldon Colliery, Cineworld Boldon Tyne And Wear
- Bolton, Cineworld Bolton
- Bolton, The Light Cinema, Bolton
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
- Borehamwood, Reel Cinema Borehamwood
- Bournemouth, Odeon Bournemouth BH2
- Bradford, Odeon Leeds-Bradford
- Braintree, Cineworld Braintree
- Bridgend, Odeon Bridgend
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Bury, Vue Bury The Rock
- Camberley, Vue Camberley
- Cambridge, Vue Cambridge
- Cardiff, Cineworld Cardiff
- Cardiff, Odeon Cardiff
- Cardiff, Premiere Cinema
- Cardiff, Vue Cardiff
- Carlisle, Vue Carlisle
- Carlow, IMC Carlow
- Carmarthen, Vue Carmarthen (Apollo)
- Chatham, Odeon Chatham
- Chester, Cineworld Broughton
- Chesterfield, Cineworld Chesterfield
- Chichester, Cineworld Chichester
- Coleraine, Movie House Coleraine
- Coventry, Showcase Coventry
- Craigavon, Craigavon Omniplex
- Cramlington, Vue Cramlington
- Crawley, Cineworld Crawley
- Cwmbran, Vue Cwmbran
- Darlington, Vue Darlington
- Derby, Showcase Derby Cinema De Lux
- Derby, Showcase Derby Foresters Park
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Drogheda, The Arc Cinema
- Dublin, Cineworld Dublin
- Dublin, IMC Santry
- Dublin, IMC Tallaght
- Dublin, Movies @ Dundrum
- Dublin, Movies @ Swords
- Dublin, Odeon Coolock
- Dublin, Savoy
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Dudley, Odeon Dudley Merry Hill
- Dudley, Showcase Dudley
- Dundalk, IMC Dundalk
- Dunfermline, Odeon Dunfermline
- Dun Laoghaire, IMC Dun Laoghaire
- East Didsbury, Cineworld Didsbury
- East Kilbride, Odeon East Kilbride
- Eastleigh, Vue Eastleigh
- Edinburgh, Cineworld Edinburgh
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Exeter, Vue Exeter
- Falmouth, Phoenix Cinema
- Fareham, Reel Cinema Fareham
- Farnborough, Vue Farnborough
- Galashiels, Pavilion
- Galway, IMC Galway
- Gateshead, Odeon Metrocentre
- Gateshead, Vue Gateshead
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Renfrew Street
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Silverburn
- Glasgow, Odeon Glasgow Springfield Quay
- Glasgow, Vue Glasgow Fort
- Gloucester, Cineworld Gloucester Quays
- Gorey, [email protected]
- Grays, Vue Thurrock
- Greenhithe, Showcase Bluewater
- Guildford, Odeon Guildford
- Halifax, Vue Halifax
- Hamilton, Vue Hamilton
- Harlow, Cineworld Harlow - Queensgate
- Hartlepool, Vue Hartlepool
- Hemel Hempstead, Cineworld Hemel Hempstead
- Hull, Reel Cinema Hull
- Hull, Vue Hull Princes Quay
- Huntingdon, Cineworld Huntingdon
- Inverness, Vue Inverness
- Ipswich, Empire Ipswich
- Lancaster, Vue Lancaster
- Leeds, Vue Leeds Kirkstall Road
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leicester, Odeon Leicester
- Leicester, Showcase Leicester Cinema De Lux
- Leicester, Vue Leicester
- Lincoln, Odeon Lincoln
- Liverpool, Odeon Liverpool ONE
- Liverpool, Showcase Liverpool
- Livingston, Vue Livingston
- Londonderry, Brunswick Moviebowl
- Loughborough, Cineworld Loughborough
- Maidstone, Odeon Maidstone
- Manchester, Odeon Manchester Great Northern
- Manchester, Odeon Trafford Centre
- Manchester, Showcase Manchester
- Manchester, Vue Manchester Printworks
- Mansfield, Odeon Mansfield
- Merthyr Tydfil, Vue Merthyr Tydfil
- Middlesbrough, Cineworld Middlesbrough
- Milton Keynes, Cineworld Milton Keynes
- Newbury, Vue Newbury
- Newcastle-under-Lyme, Vue Newcastle-under-Lyme
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Cineworld Newcastle Upon Tyne
- Northampton, Vue Northampton
- Norwich, Odeon Norwich
- Norwich, Vue Norwich
- Nottingham, Cineworld Nottingham
- Nottingham, Showcase Nottingham Cinema De Lux
- Omagh, IMC Omagh
- Oxford, Odeon Oxford George Street
- Oxford, Vue Oxford
- Paignton, Vue Torbay (Apollo)
- Paisley, Showcase Paisley
- Peterborough, Showcase Peterborough
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Poole, Cineworld Poole
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Preston, Vue Preston
- Reading, Showcase Reading Cinema De Lux
- Reading, Vue Reading
- Redditch, Vue Redditch (Apollo)
- Redruth, Regal Film Centre
- Rugby, Cineworld Rugby
- Runcorn, Cineworld Runcorn
- Salford, Vue Manchester Lowry
- Scunthorpe, Vue Scunthorpe
- Sheffield, Cineworld Sheffield
- Sheffield, Vue Sheffield
- Southampton, Odeon Southampton
- Southampton, Showcase Southampton Cinema De Lux
- Southend-on-Sea, Odeon Southend
- Southport, Vue Southport
- Stevenage, Cineworld Stevenage
- Stirling, Vue Stirling
- Stockton-on-Tees, Showcase Teesside
- Sunderland, Empire Sunderland
- Swansea, Odeon Swansea
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Swindon, Cineworld Swindon Shaw Ridge
- Tamworth, Odeon Tamworth
- Taunton, Odeon Taunton
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
- Thornton-Cleveleys, Vue Cleveleys
- Truro, Plaza Cinema
- Tullamore, IMC Tullamore
- Wakefield, Cineworld Wakefield
- Wallasey, The Light Cinema, New Brighton
- Wallsend, Odeon Silverlink
- Walsall, Showcase Walsall
- Walsall, The Light Cinema, Walsall
- Warrington, Odeon Warrington
- Watford, Vue Watford
- Widnes, Reel Cinema Widnes
- Wisbech, The Light Cinema, Wisbech
- Wolverhampton, Cineworld Wolverhampton
- Worcester, Odeon Worcester
- Yeovil, Cineworld Yeovil
- York, Vue York
From Friday 16th February
To Thursday 22nd February

- Aberdeen, Cineworld Aberdeen - Union Square
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Bedford, Vue Bedford
- Belfast, Movie House Cityside (Yorkgate)
- Bicester, Vue Bicester
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Blackburn, Vue Blackburn
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Bury, Vue Bury The Rock
- Camberley, Vue Camberley
- Cambridge, Vue Cambridge
- Cardiff, Vue Cardiff
- Carlisle, Vue Carlisle
- Chelmsford, Everyman Chelmsford
- Coleraine, Movie House Coleraine
- Craigavon, Craigavon Omniplex
- Cramlington, Vue Cramlington
- Cwmbran, Vue Cwmbran
- Darlington, Vue Darlington
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Dublin, IMC Tallaght
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Eastleigh, Vue Eastleigh
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Gateshead, Vue Gateshead
- Grays, Vue Thurrock
- Halifax, Vue Halifax
- Harrogate, Everyman Harrogate
- Hartlepool, Vue Hartlepool
- Hull, Vue Hull Princes Quay
- Lancaster, Vue Lancaster
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leicester, Vue Leicester
- Manchester, Odeon Trafford Centre
- Manchester, Vue Manchester Printworks
- Merthyr Tydfil, Vue Merthyr Tydfil
- Milton Keynes, Cineworld Milton Keynes
- Newcastle-under-Lyme, Vue Newcastle-under-Lyme
- Northampton, Vue Northampton
- Norwich, Vue Norwich
- Oxford, Vue Oxford
- Penrith, Lonsdale Alhambra Cinema
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Preston, Vue Preston
- Redditch, Vue Redditch (Apollo)
- Salford, Vue Manchester Lowry
- Scunthorpe, Vue Scunthorpe
- Sheffield, Cineworld Sheffield
- Sheffield, Vue Sheffield
- Southport, Vue Southport
- Stirling, Vue Stirling
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
- Thornton-Cleveleys, Vue Cleveleys
- Watford, Vue Watford
- York, Vue York


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