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Winchester Mystery House movie reveals title, release date

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“An extravagant maze of Victorian craftsmanship—marvelous, baffling, and eerily eccentric”

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Billed as "an extravagant maze of Victorian craftsmanship—marvelous, baffling, and eerily eccentric,” the Winchester Mystery House, a 160-room home in San Jose famed for its bizarre interior architecture, will get the a film treatment. Best of all, it will star Academy Award-winning actress Helen Mirren playing window Sarah Winchester, the heiress who designed the famed house.

It’s set to hit theaters on February 2, 2018 (months after Oscar consideration, which is rarely a great sign), it has been rechristened Winchester: The House That Ghosts Built.

According to SFist, “Though any of your native Bay Area resident friends can tell you their own stories about the mansion that they've heard from their friends, it will be interesting to see what Hollywood's take on the California historical landmark will be.”

Indeed. Everyone seems to have their own story about the eerie Victorian. Hopefully, the Hollywood version—under the horror genre, blessedly—will be able to top yours.

For those not in the know, the house was Sarah’s obsession, a 38-year construction project for which there were no blueprint. Instead, the rifle heiress made notes and sketches on napkins. When she died in 1922, the Queen Anne Victorian mansion had a total of 40 bedrooms, six kitchens, 47 fireplaces, a hydraulic elevator, and an aviary full of birds.