|Directed by||:||The Spierig Brothers||Produced by||:||Tim McGahan, Brett Tomberlin||Screenplay by||:||Tom Vaughan The Spierig Brothers||Starring||:||Helen Mirren, Jason Clarke, Sarah Snook||Cinematography||:||Ben Nott||Edited by||:||Matt Villa||Production company||:||Bullitt Entertainment Diamond Pictures|
Winchester: Helen Mirren turns to horror for latest hit role
On a bright Los Angeles morning a few days after the Golden Globes, Helen Mirren – dressed impeccably in black while discussing her latest film, the haunted-house tale Winchester – arrived at an unexpected concern: the fate of all those poor Stormtroopers in the "Star Wars" movies.
"I saw [The Force Awakens] and I thought they made a terrible mistake because they took the Stormtrooper's hat off," the Oscar-winning star of "The Queen" and British national treasure says, feigning shock.
"There was this lovely young actor [John Boyega] – which means one of the Stormtroopers is a human being. And if he's a human, they're all human. And you have been indiscriminately killing Stormtroopers for the last [six] Star Wars movies without any consideration to their humanity!"
Themes of violence, death and how those in the world of the living come to terms with their role in it all run throughout the otherwise titillating frights of Winchester, a supernatural horror film based on the real widowed heir to the Winchester rifle fortune. The movie is directed by Peter Spierig and Michael Spierig, whose cult-favourite genre work includes Daybreakers and Predestination.
A cult figure of her own among haunted-house enthusiasts, Sarah Winchester spent 38 years and millions of dollars building her famously bizarre Victorian mansion in San Jose at the turn of the 20th century. Urban legend says she was guided in her blueprints by spirits who spoke to her from the beyond.