It's another week with just one flick arriving in wide release, as the winter box office doldrums extend into the first weekend of February. Last week it was a bit of young adult action, and now we have 2017's latest horror feature. Get ready for some spooky haunted house action with Winchester.

Just remember, I'm not reviewing these movies, but rather predicting where they'll end up on the Tomatometer. Let's take a look at This Rotten Week has to offer.

Rotten Watch Prediction

In this era of the proliferation of places like Home Depot and Lowes, it can feel like home renovations are endless and ongoing. But that was actually the point for Sarah Winchester, who, at the turn of the 20th century, kept home repairs and additions on her estate going for about thirty years straight. Why? She thought the house was haunted, and aimed to try and confuse the spirits.

Winchester is "inspired by true events," which is typically code for "about 5% of this is true". In this case, the house really exists and Sarah Winchester was actually the millionaire owner of the estate, but the rest of the movie looks like your standard horror fare, with ghouls jumping out of nowhere, weird crap happening in the house, and ultimately some kind of standoff between the disbelieving doctor and the things that go bump in the night. Director brothers Michael and Peter Spierig have some work in this genre with Jigsaw (38%) and to a lesser degree Daybreakers (67%). I can't imagine critics get all that enamored with their latest, even if the cast (including Helen Mirren and Jason Clarke) is a bit more high-brow than you'll typically see with these kinds of flicks.

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