Winchester (2018)

Director: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig
Writer: Tom Vaughan, Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig
Cast: Jason Clarke, Helen Mirren, Sarah Snook, Finn Scicluna-O’Prey, Emm Wiseman, Angus Sampson
Seen on: 21.3.2018

Eric Price (Jason Clarke) is a psychiatrist whose addiction to laudanum is starting to compromise his career. When the heiress to the Winchester rifle fortune, Sarah Winchester (Helen Mirren) asks him to come to her house and prove that she is not insane – despite appearances – he accepts, trying to escape his own life and past. But the Winchester estate, constantly under construction, is not only a weird place, something more is going on there. Something that probably won’t end well.

Winchester is a middling film that builds too much on jump scares and too little on characters. It mostly lives of the house itself and while it is a cool house, it’s not enough for the film they made of it.

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Daybreakers (2009)

Daybreakers is the newest movie by Michael and Peter Spierig, starring Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill, Claudia Karvan and Michael Dorman.

10 years into the future and vampires have pretty much taken over the world. Humans are a minority – and hunted, since the vampires are slowly running out of blood. Edward (Ethan Hawke) works at a research company headed by Charles Bromley (Sam Neill) and tries to develop synthetic blood, unsuccessfully so far. Edward is not only motivated by the fear that they’re all going to starve but also by compassion with the humans, wishing he could become one again himself. So when he stumbles upon human Audrey (Claudia Karvan) and a small resistance, he decides to help.

Daybreakers is an inconsistent affair: On the one hand there’s really good world building, on the other the plot is completely predictable and populated by stock characters. On the one hand the special effects are quite good, on the other the constant blue filter was tiring. The premise (despite one serious flaw*) is interesting, but in the end the execution is too conventional.

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