Sarah’s life story and the mansion that she built have been the inspiration of many stories, films and books over the years. So, it is only fitting that her story was recently brought to the big screen with the release of Winchester, a supernatural thriller directed by Michael and Peter Spierig, and written by the Spierigs and Tom Vaughan. The film stars Helen Mirren as heiress Sarah Winchester, with Jason Clarke and Sarah Snook, and follows Mrs. Winchester as she is haunted by spirits inside her San Jose mansion in 1906.
The Winchester Mystery House® closed its doors to the public for a whirlwind 72-hour film shoot of exteriors, aerials and a few interior rooms. The rest of the filming was done in the director’s home country of Australia. Lead actress Helen Mirren did extensive research and visited the estate privately to better understand Sarah’s story and immerse herself in her world.
The filmmakers have graciously loaned the original costumes from the film, which are on display at the Winchester Mystery House for a limited time. Guests can also purchase a DVD or Blu-Ray of Winchester at the Mercantile. Sharp eyed movie buffs may even spy a tour guide or Winchester Mystery House staff as extra’s in some of the scenes!