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Trivia for Winchester

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  • The Winchester Mystery House is an actual mansion that is located in San Jose, California. It is believed to be haunted by the victims of the Winchester rifle. It is now a tourist attraction.
  • According to the legend, Sarah Winchester believed she would stay alive as long as she kept building on her house.
  • Sarah Winchester constantly built, and rebuilt the house for twenty years. The Winchester house has windows and doors in the floor, doors that open into walls or nothing, and stairs to nothing or into the ceiling.
  • The promotional image for the film of Helen Mirren sitting in the carriage in mourning clothes mirrors the only known photograph of the reclusive Sarah Winchester on the estate, which is seen on the tour of the mansion in San Jose, California.
  • Very little of the filming took place in the actual mansion. The mansion's design in reality is extremely cramped, making filming very difficult. As such, most of the mansion's interior needed to be recreated on sound stages.
  • "Ghost Dance," the 45th and last issue from Saga of the Swamp Thing (February 1986), written by Alan Moore, was inspired, like this film, by the Sarah Winchester's story about the house haunted by the ghosts of all the people who were slaughtered by her husband's family's gun.
  • In real life, Sarah Winchester was 4' 10" while Helen Mirren is 5' 4" tall.
  • Sarah Winchester had severe, debilitating arthritis and had a series of short risers, only 3 or 4 inches high, in place of stairs as it was very painful for her to raise her foot more than a few inches.
  • Lionsgate bought the film and photography rights to the Winchester Mansion for this film. So now tourists are not allowed to take any pictures of the interior of the mansion, because a tourist photo would be in direct competition with a Hollywood movie.
  • The Winchester Mansion in San Jose, California is located next a popular movie theater complex that closed in 2014.
  • World-Renowned Parapsychologist/Paranormal Investigator Christopher Chacon conducted the only scientific investigation of the reported haunt phenomena of the Winchester mansion and property in the early 1990's which was sanctioned by the Winchester property owners.
  • The first company Oliver Winchester (Sarah's father-in-law) owned was a men's shirt company (Winchester & Company) with his twin brother Samuel. In the 1860s, Winchester invested in Volcanic Repeating Arms Company that produced a revolver designed by Horace Smith & Daniel Wesson (yes, Smith & Wesson). When the company went bankrupt, he bought the company out and cleared the debt of $57,000.
  • It has been proven in Captive of the Labyrinth by Mary Jo Ignoffo on pg.80 that in Prominent American Ghosts 1967 a woman Suzy Smith names a Boston Medium Adam Coons as a medium Sarah saw, yet no name is named in the City Directories. She goes on to say that Banner of Light Boston's most important Spiritualist Periodical had no listing of a medium named Adam Coons.
  • In 2011, the show Ghost Adventures aired a segment where they went to the Winchester house and did a paranormal investigation.
  • In 2015, the Winchester Mystery House began to offer overnight stays on the property with its 160 rooms.
  • The Travel Channel's show Ghost Adventures (2008) aired two paranormal investigations, Winchester Mystery House (2011) and Return to Winchester Mystery House (2016), which depicted evidence of supposed paranormal happenings at the Winchester Mansion.
  • Partly to avoid confusion with Supernatural (2005), featuring main characters Sam and Dean Winchester, the movie is released in some countries in its original title "Winchester: The House That Ghosts Built".
  • Stephen King wrote a book called "The Dairy of Ellen Rimbauer~My life at Rose Red" based loosely on Sarah Winchester and the Winchester Mansion which became a ABC mini Series in 1997 called "Rose Red" In an interview with TV Guide, King admits that the story was inspired by the Winchester Mansion in San Jose, California. He first saw the story of the house in one of the "Ripley's Believe it or Not" comics when he was a kid and remembered it for years after. "According to 'Believe it or Not'", King recalled, "Oliver Winchester, who invented the famous repeating rifle that won the west, left a daughter-in-law with a belief in Spiritualism when he went to his reward. At one seance, Sarah Winchester asked the medium, 'When will I die?' .... the medium replied, 'When your house is done'."
  • In the scene of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake, someone dies, but in real life the only casualties were couple of cupolas (dome roofing) and a tower.
  • Despite the title of this supernatural themed movie, Winchester is unrelated to the Supernatural TV series which has the Winchester brothers as its principal characters.
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