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The Changeling (1980)

R  |   |  Horror  |  28 March 1980 (USA)
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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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Two people live in this house. One of them has been dead for 70 years. See more »




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Release Date:

28 March 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

House on Chessman Park  »

Box Office


CAD 7,600,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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The real life haunted house where the real life events apparently took place was the Henry Treat Rogers Mansion which was located at 1739 East 13th Avenue, Cheesman Park in Denver, Colorado. The house has since been demolished. See more »


After Claire comes running down the stairs screaming she yells to John but mistakenly calls him George for George C. Scott. This has been removed from some versions. See more »


John Russell: You goddamn son of a bitch. What is it you want?
John Russell: What do you want from me? I've done everything I can do!
John Russell: There's nothing more to do.
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Referenced in Paranormal Activity 4 (2012) See more »


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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More Chilling Than I Had Remembered
27 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I found this to be a pretty solid haunted-house thriller...and better than I remembered so I have changed a few things in this review. The cinematography was admirable, mainly in the first half of the film and the special-effects near the end were excellent. That was capped off by a wheelchair chasing Trish Van Devere and a railing catching fire. In all, kind of bizarre and interesting scene.

George C. Scott stars and Van Devere and an aged Melvyn Douglas provide noted supporting roles. There are very few dry spots and overall, its a decent horror film and not an expensive DVD purchase - so grab it, if you can. The suspense build beautifully. Nice direction by Peter Medak.

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