Friday, April 27, 2012

Hammer Films Options Story Behind the Winchester Mystery House

Winchester Mystery House

Exclusive Media, parent company of Hammer Films, announced today that the production company has optioned the rights to the story behind the Winchester Mystery House, the "house built by the spirits" and constructed, remodeled, and otherwise altered over the course of nearly 38 years, from 1884 until the death of its owner in 1922.

According to legend, Sarah Winchester — heiress to the Winchester Rifle fortune — enacted a nightly séance to help with her building plans and for protection from "bad" spirits. With her financial freedom, she was content to honor whatever whims came from her imagination and from the spirits she believed were guiding her. It is estimated that 500 to 600 rooms were built in the house, but because so many were redone, only 160 remain.

Hammer Films most recently released the horror film The Woman in Black, adapted from the novel of the same title by Susan Hill.

(Source: Exclusive Media.)


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