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The Changeling (1980)

A man staying at a secluded historical mansion finds himself being haunted by the presence of a spectre.

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It was the perfect family vacation for composer John Russell and his family when a freak automobile accident claims the lives of his wife and daughter. Consumed by grief, John, at the request of friends, rents an old turn of the century house. Mammoth in size, the house seems all the room that John needs to write music and reflect. He does not realize that he is not alone in the house. He shares it with the spirit of a murdered child who has homed in on John's despair and uses him to uncover decades of silence and deceit. With the help of Claire Norman, the one who aided John in procuring the house, they race to find the answers and soon learn that a devious and very powerful man guards them. Written by Vampire-Sharpshooter

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Whatever you do...DON'T GO INTO THE ATTIC. See more »

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Fantasy | Horror

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28 March 1980 (USA)  »

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House on Chessman Park  »

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CAD 7,600,000 (estimated)
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Director Martin Scorsese included this movie on his Top 11 Scariest Horror Films of all time list. See more »

Goofs

(at around 10 mins) When Claire is showing John the piano room the camera moves backwards and it reveals the shadow of the camera. The camera also touches the piece of cloth covering the piano and you can see it moving. See more »

Quotes

John Russell: You goddamn son of a bitch. What is it you want?
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John Russell: What do you want from me? I've done everything I can do!
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John Russell: There's nothing more to do.
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Connections

Referenced in The Puppet Monster Massacre (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony #1 in C minor, Opus 68
Composed by Johannes Brahms (as Brahms)
Performed by The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Kazuyoshi Akiyama
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Nice and Spooky
7 December 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of my all time favorite ghost stories, right up there with "The Innocents," "The Haunting" and "Ringu."

George C. Scott plays John, a famous pianist and composer who has lost his wife and young daughter in a freak car accident. Grief stricken and heartbroken, he moves to Washington state and rents a wonderful old Gothic mansion. Surprise surprise! It's haunted.

This movie has everything. Dark, spooky stairways draped with dusty cobwebs, a boarded up room with a terrible secret, a shadowy seance scene, ghostly voices and frightening noises that echo through the huge house, political intrigue and a very solid looking ghost who scares the absolute hell out of anyone he shows himself to. It boasts a well thought out plot with several great twists and a very angry murder victim, who doesn't want to be at peace - he just wants revenge, and boy does he get it.

Fans of "Ringu" will enjoy this tale of murder, ghostly revenge and bodies thrown down wells. Just watch it, preferably on a dark and stormy night with all the lights turned off. I dare you.


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