That is the question Sarah Winchester, widow, bereaved mother, and now masterbuilder, puts to Dr Eric Price. “I do not believe in anything I cannot see or study” he replies, which you just know means he’s about to have the fright of his life.
Sarah has been building an enormous house, a house that is permanently under construction. Already at seven storeys, she would be rattling around in there all alone were it not for the fact that she does not appear to be alone… “I can feel it … it has found us” she says of what she feels is haunting her.
But what is it the ghost of? Her late husband? Or her dead child? Or a workman who died on the job and is now destined to wander around the enormous echoing house for all eternity, checking walls with his spirit level and moaning “who put this in?” while rattling his toolbox?
Actually Sarah thinks she is being haunted by the spirits of people killed with Winchester firearms.
From this short teaser it looks as if someone else on the board of the Winchester firearms company – of which Sarah is the majority shareholder – wants her removed by reason of insanity, and tries to rope in Dr Price to help him.
Mirren looks suitably inscrutable, in her black mourning dress, black veil and platinum blonde hair.
Luckily we don’t have too long to wait to be scared shitless, I mean find out more, as Winchester is released in the US on 2 February and in the UK on 2 March 2018.
Winchester, which may or may not be subtitled The House That Ghosts Built, stars Helen Mirren as Sarah and Jason Clarke as Dr Price, and is directed by brothers Michael and Peter Spierig.