"Politically Correct Occultism"
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WINCHESTER is reliant on moody atmospherics rather than true scares, a reflection of its PG-13 rating. However, the movie simply doesn’t deliver enough thrills. Too many of the attempts at fright come from false jump-scares and loud bursts of music. The movie is far more offensive for its highly occult, misguided view of the afterlife, with no real mention of the truth of Heaven, Hell or God’s plan for salvation. The protagonists fight the most malevolent spirit in the house, but the other spirits are allowed to remain. WINCHESTER also has a silly, politically correct anti-gun message.
WINCHESTER is a horror movie based on the life of Sarah Winchester, the real-life widow of the man who invented the Winchester repeating rifle in 1866 and the eccentric and supposedly haunted mansion she built over the course of decades. Full of phony jump scares, WINCHESTER has a strong occult, politically correct worldview with a false view of the afterlife and a silly, politically correct anti-gun message.
The movie stars Oscar-winning actress Helen Mirren as Sarah Winchester, widow of the man who invented the Winchester repeating rifle. She feels compelled to build a mansion that never seems to end, constantly adding rooms across seven stories, claiming to be driven to the designs by the unsettled spirits of shooting victims from her husband’s guns.
Her family is concerned she’s blowing the fortune and is insane. So, they enlist drug-addled psychiatrist Eric Price (Jason Clarke) to evaluate her and see if she’s fit to remain in charge of the estate. Price says he doesn’t believe in the afterlife. In fact, he claims he saw and felt nothing when he died for three minutes after being shot and revived years before. However, soon he’s noticing what appear to be demons and hearing and feeling the presence of spirits everywhere.
Thus, a showdown and then a team-up begins, as Price slowly comes to believe that Sarah isn’t crazy but rather truly haunted. He teams up with Sarah to rid the house of the most evil spirit of all, a disgruntled Civil War soldier who had committed suicide with a rifle.
WINCHESTER is mostly reliant on moody atmospherics rather than true scares, a reflection of its PG-13 rating. However, the movie simply doesn’t deliver enough thrills or scares to satisfy horror fans. Too many of the attempts at fright come from false jump-scares and loud bursts of music that go with them.
The movie is far more offensive for its highly occult, misguided view of the afterlife, with no real mention of the truth of Heaven, Hell or God’s plan for salvation. It posits a mumbo-jumbo pastiche of half-baked New Age and occult ideas about how the afterlife works. Finally, while the main evil spirit is defeated, in the end most of the spirits are shown happy to stay and remain haunting the Winchester house forever. Thus, evil, or at least false theology, wins out, and WINCHESTER becomes a silly abhorrent mess.
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