SMOKE AND MIR­REN

WINCH­ESTER | Dame He­len builds a haunted house…

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“He­len Mir­ren’s never done a hor­ror movie,” says Michael Spierig. “Well, un­less you count The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover!” Peter Green­away’s cult culi­nary clas­sic aside, then, the great dame will be pop­ping her genre cherry with the Spierig broth­ers’ post-Jig­saw project Winch­ester. “It’s a re­ally creepy haunted-house movie about the great leg­end of the Winch­ester Mys­tery House in San Jose,” con­tin­ues Michael. Mir­ren plays Sarah Winch­ester, a su­per-wealthy 19th Cen­tury firearms heiress who, fol­low­ing the sud­den deaths of her hus­band and child, con­sults a medium and pro­ceeds to build and ren­o­vate a mam­moth man­sion… for the next 38 years.

The real-life Sarah be­lieved her­self haunted by the ghosts of all those killed by Winch­ester ri­fles; plenty of psy­cho­log­i­cal – and pos­si­bly su­per­nat­u­ral – meat for Mir­ren to chew on, then. “She’s so good. So good. And Ja­son Clarke [who plays

a scep­ti­cal shrink] too – we’ve been very for­tu­nate.” The cast also in­cludes Sarah Snook, who stunned in the Spierigs’ sci-thriller Pre­des­ti­na­tion.

“He­len saw [our film] and said,

‘I want that girl in Winch­ester!’ She’s won­der­ful,” raves Peter Spierig. And next for the bros? “A hol­i­day!” laughs Peter. “We went straight from Jig­saw to Winch­ester, which was pretty tir­ing. But we’ll be back to work soon.” ML

ETA | 2 MARCH 2018 / WINCH­ESTER OPENS NEXT YEAR.

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