On an amusing note, if there’s one film I completely forgot about, it’s “Winchester”, the spooky house horror film that was released last February. The Razzie committee did not forget about it and recognized it today with 4 nominations! The film scored a nod for “Worst Picture” while the Spierig Brothers share a nod for “Worst Director”, for “Worst Screenplay”, and Helen Mirren – in a career first – is nominated as Worst Actress! Four nominations is an impressive score if you consider the Razzies only feature nine categories. As I reviewed the film upon its release, it was really a disappointment because it lacked the two things you would expect from a film like this – it was neither scary nor was it entertaining. I’m sure it was a fun shoot for Helen Mirren, but this time it didn’t transform to the screen. Edit: There has been an article the other week in which members of the Razzie committee have strongly criticised the nominating and voting process, so while I still think it’s a “fun” achievement worth to be doing an update about, this will be the first and last about the Razzies.
Helen Mirren’s latest film “Winchester: The House that Ghosts Built” has been released on Blu-Ray, DVD and on demand in the United States on May 01. I don’t say that about a film too often, and I always try to find the positive in a project – but “Winchester” is just a stupid-ass movie. I wasn’t expecting a history lesson on the Winchester House, but at least something with a bit of a story to it. The film consists of a couple of jump scares that haven’t been effective since the 1990s and long boring tea-hour scenes with Helen and Jason Clarke talking about the supernatural. For a mystery film, there’s nothing mysterious here, and for horror fans, there’s nothing remotely spooky. Maybe it’s just not my genre. At least, let’s hope they had fun filming it. Screencaptures from the Blu-Ray have been added to the photo gallery. “Winchester” is available everywhere on demand.
On Tuesday, Helen Mirren has promoted “Winchester” in Rome, Italy, with a photocall and premiere. Pictures from both events have been added to the photo gallery.
The cast and crew of “Winchester” – Helen Mirren, Jason Clarke and the Spierig Brothers – have attended the film’s premiere in Los Angeles on Thursday. Have a look at the fantastic picture above of Helen in the midst of her black-veiled audience. More pictures can be found in the photo gallery.
Once again, it’s been a busy week for Helen Mirren. After finishing the press tour for “The Leisure Seeker”, there was no time to rest with the promo tour for “Winchester” ready to go. On Wednesday, Helen has been a guest on The Late Late Show with James Corden, participating in a very entertaining drop-the-mic contest. There are also numerous new press junkets of Helen and Jason Clarke promoting the film and a couple of new editorials, teasing a stunning appearance in this week’s VOGUE. So stay tuned.
Video Archive – Talkshows – The Late Late Show with James Corden (2018)
Video Archive – Career – Winchester – Press Junket Interview 04 (United States)
Video Archive – Career – Winchester – Press Junket Interview 03 (United States)
Video Archive – Career – Winchester – B-Roll
Video Archive – News Segments – FOX News (2018)
Video Archive – Miscellaneous – Vogue: Helen Mirren’s Life Lessons (2018)