The Asylum’s latest film doesn’t so much make exploitative reference to an upcoming blockbuster, but to a “terrifying true story”. It is the story of a mansion in California, once the residence of Sarah Winchester, widow of gun magnate William Winchester — a mansion that was under construction continuously for 38 years. According to wikipedia:
June 1937 issue of Modern Mechanix relates the story from then-current accounts as follows: “Winchester and the baby girl died suddenly and Mrs. Winchester, stunned by the tragedy, fell into a coma so serious that physicians despaired of her life.
“Finally she recovered and, at a friend’s suggestion, visited a medium. During a seance, according to those familiar with her story, she received a communication from her dead husband in which he said: ‘Sarah dear, if our house had not been finished, I would still be with you. I urge you now to build a home, but never let it be finished, for then you will live. . . .'”
The story was obviously the inspiration for Stephen King’s mini-series, Rose Red (US/Canada-2002; dir. Craig R. Baxley).
Haunting of Winchester House (US-2009; dir. Mark Atkins)
Produced: David Michael Latt, David Rimawi, Paul Bales • Written: Jose Prendes and Mark Atkins • Cinematography: Mark Atkins • Starring: Lira Kellerman, Michael Holmes, Patty Roberts, Tomas Boykin
A family moves into the mansion to act as caretakers, but when a malevolent force abducts their daughter they discover why the house deserves its reputation as one of the most haunted places in America.