Winchester Mystery House to be used for new horror movie.


Winchester Mystery House

The iconic tourist attraction will be the setting of a horror movie of the same name.

The movie will be produced by Saratoga native Andrew Trapani, best known for the hit “The Haunting in Connecticut.”

Most of the 160 room Victorian mansion was built by eccentric rifle heiress Sarah L. Winchester. It was under construction for 32 years, starting in the late 1800s, and it is considered by some to be haunted.

Horror film draws unwanted visitors to Conn. house

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A Hollywood horror film that depicts the alleged haunting of a former funeral parlor in central Connecticut is turning into a nightmare for the home’s current owners and their neighbors.

The movie, “A Haunting in Connecticut,” doesn’t open until Friday, but curious fans are already making a beeline for the Southington home that inspired the movie.

“It’s just been really, really stressful,” said Susan Trotta-Smith, who bought the home 10 years ago with her husband. “It’s been a total change from a very quiet house in a very quiet neighborhood to looking out the window and seeing cars stopping all the time. It’s been very, very stressful, and sometimes worrisome.”

The family has never seen anything unusual inside their five-bedroom, two-family white wood-frame house and does not believe the property was haunted.

“It’s got beautiful woodwork, and there is a nice warm feeling to the house,” Trotta-Smith said. “Because it was a funeral home, the upstairs apartment is much more spacious. It’s like two full houses, and it has a beautiful yard, too.”

The movie, starring Virginia Madsen and Kyle Gallner and released by Lionsgate, is loosely based on stories that revolved around the house in the 1980s.

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New Poster! ‘The Haunting in Connecticut’

We’ve just scored the new poster for The Haunting in Connecticut and I have to admit, each time I see the trailer for this flick it gives me the willies, the poster is no different. ‘Haunting’ has the potential to be a true ‘diamond in the rough’ rather than another ‘Amityville’ clone, keep an eye out for it. From the official synopsis, ‘In the tradition of such real-life horror movies as The Exorcist and The Exorcism of Emily Rose, The Haunting in Connecticut tells the astounding true story of one family’s supernatural ordeal. When Sara and Peter Campbell’s son Matt is diagnosed with cancer, they uproot their family to Connecticut for his treatment. As the family settles into their new home, Matt grows increasingly disturbed by paranormal activity that seems to inhabit and possess the house. At a loss to help her frightened family, his mother turns to an enigmatic priest who appears to rid the house of its ghosts– until the boy’s condition takes a sudden and unexplained turn for the worse and their lives are put in grave danger.’ Haunting stars Virginia Madsen and hits theaters March 27th. Hit the jump for the full poster!