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Film Review: ‘Winchester’

Even the most tepid gothic thriller can be “original,” and “Winchester” qualifies: Set in 1906, it’s the first (and probably the last) ghost story to be haunted by the spirit of gun control. Helen Mirren, taking a paycheck role but incapable of slumming (or, at least, incapable of doing so without giving it her all), plays the real-life historical character Sarah Winchester, the turn-of-the-century California widow whose late husband, William Wirt Winchester, left her a 50 percent stake in the Winchester Repeating Arms Co. Mirren, her silver hair swirled into a Victorian bun, a black crepe dress buttoned up to her neck, speaks in an American accent, with a voice of calmly possessed clarity. Sarah sees ghosts everywhere, but she isn’t scared of them. She wants to help them. They’re the spirits of people killed by those dastardly rifles her husband invented.

The way that she helps them is to never, ever stop building rooms onto her sprawling San Jose mansion, a colossal gray Victorian with teal trim and red roofs. To say that she’s renovating the seven-story, 100-room structure wouldn’t do the project justice — the house is metastasizing. Carpenters work on it round-the-clock, sawing and hammering all night long, and the place is a loopy labyrinth of alcoves and walkways and boxy carved chambers. It’s like a cozy bed-and-breakfast the size of Xanadu, as designed by M.C. Escher. The point of all this labor is to give the ghosts a place to come and heal. But some of the spirits don’t cooperate. They’re so testy they need to be locked away, sealed into their rooms with 13 nails.

The Winchester Mystery House, as it’s known, is a legendary tourist attraction (according to San Jose folklore, it really is said to be haunted by the ghosts of people killed by Winchester rifles). But in “Winchester,” Sarah’s paranormal real-estate fetishism is more than a wealthy widow’s eccentricity — it’s a compassionate gesture offered to the victims of gun violence. The board of the Winchester Repeating Arms Co., however, thinks she’s gone around the bend, and are using that as an excuse to take away her stake.

To accomplish this, they hire a dissolute physician, Dr. Eric Price (Jason Clarke), to move in and do a psychiatric evaluation of her; basically, they pay him to declare her mentally unstable. What they don’t count on is that Price is a laudanum addict haunted by visions of his late wife, who killed herself (yes) with a gunshot. The movie’s villain, meanwhile, is the melty-faced, vengeful Jack-in-the-box spirit of a Confederate corporal whose brothers were killed by Union soldiers. “Winchester” is the supernatural-schlock version of a liberal think-tank paper. It says, “Look at all the ways guns can kill — and turn people into ghosts.”

Sarah may not be crazy, but the film seems slightly nuts. It was directed and co-written by Michael and Peter Spierig, the German-Australian filmmaking brothers who made the showy, overblown “Daybreakers” (2014) as well as the recent torture-porn sequel “Jigsaw,” and they’re trying, for once, to be “restrained.” But that just means that there’s drawing-room dialogue between Jason Clarke and Helen Mirren that sounds like it came out of a Vincent Price movie; mostly, it’s there to break up the routine ghostly shock cuts. Mirren does all she can to look like she’s having fun, but “Winchester” isn’t a movie about acting. It’s an empty grab bag of a spook show in which the Spierig brothers never do figure out a way to turn the Winchester Mystery House into an exhilarating movie set. It’s more like a hardwood maze that traps us.

Trailer is out for The Curse of All Hallows Eve

If you like gore, torture scenes and good looking girls all wrapped up in one, then the Curse of All Hallows’ Eve is definitely the one for you. If you like horror films with a story behind the movie as creepy as feature itelf then the Curse of All Hallows’ Eve is definitely one for you. If you like well produced movies with a great cast and excellent direction, then the Curse of All Hallows’ Eve is definitely the movie for you!

Directed by Guy Bodart and his daughter Lorelei Lanford. This is the second time Bodart has collaborated with his leading man Sean Morelli. (Mr Morelli has starred in  Killer’s Mind directed by Bodart) With a wide variety of incredible talent including Vanessa Coleman, Jean Sulli, Jaime Lynch, the expertise behind this feature is truly outstanding.
Miss Lanford can be proud of the time she has put in with her first feature film and has already begun working on her follow-up feature film “House of Terror”

So what is it that has stirred rumors of the latest cursed film that has taken over 3 years in production? Well there isn’t one fateful moment that brought attention to the Curse of All Hallows Eve but a series of mysterious and catastrophic incidents.

When filming initially started one of the first actors to be cast fell ill and had to leave the production. This triggered the start of 3 years of hard work for everyone involved.
Miss Marilyn Weinmann, a legend in the horror industry, later passed away between shooting dates and caused not only logistical issues due to filming but emotional pain to everyone involved.

While these kind of issues would already have had a major impact on production, the creepiest was yet to come. Having shot the movie in Super 16mm rolls, these came out of the laboratory completely empty barring only some streaks. As a result, the entire first section of the film had to be re-shot. There is no denying that this film is eerie both in story and its background.

With all of this knowledge, we can’t wait for the latest Bodart installment. It’s looking like this film has everything you could possibly want from a horror movie.

With over 3 years in production, everyone involved has done well to keep their spirits up and it has definitely paid off as there is talk of the film being picked up by SyFy channel.
Here is the official trailer. We sure cannot wait to see the complete film

VANESSA COLEMAN Star of All Hallows’ Eve

Vanessa Coleman: Debutante of the Month

As Halloween is fast approaching, Horror films seem to come out from everywhere and most of them are huge disappointments.

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When horror film standards seem to be at an all-time low, then a film like All Hallows’Eve comes along.

The biggest (and pleasant) surprise is the star of the film,  Vanessa Coleman. All Hallow’s Eve is her debut film in the US but she is not unknown in her homeland (UK) as she appeared in many theater plays in London.

In All Hallows’ Eve, Miss Coleman plays a dual role. That of the Evil Countess Victoria from the 1400s and a housewife in present time.  We are certain that All Hallows’ Eve is only the start to a long cinematographic career for Miss Vanessa Coleman