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The Changeling (1980)

R  |   |  Horror, Mystery  |  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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House on Chessman Park  »

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CAD 7,600,000 (estimated)
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Spanish filmmaker Alejandro Amenábar has claimed in several interviews that this is one of his all-time favorite Horror movies, up to the point of inspiring several scenes of Thesis (1996) and The Others (2001). See more »

Goofs

When Claire is showing John the piano room (apx. 10 min into the movie), 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 »

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John Russell: It's my understanding... that there are, uh... twenty-three students registered... for this series of lectures on advanced musical form. Now, we all know it's not raining outside, and unless there's a fire in some other part of the building that we don't know about, there's an awful lot of people here with nothing better to do.
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Rondo in A minor for Piano, K. 511
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (as Mozart)
Played by Jan Latham-Koenig
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Well written, atmospheric ghost story/mystery.
2 June 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The first time I saw this film I was playing sick to stay home from school and watched this by myself. It really freaked me out and I wouldn't leave the living room until people got home. I was 11 or 12 years old and wish films still scared me as much because it is so much fun to be fascinated by them. In re-watching the film, it still gives me the chills. Damn, George turn on some lights! There are some great scenes in this film and the supernatural mystery is excellent. There is an awesome séance scene that is quite creepy and the revisiting of this scene later in the film is insightful, as well as disturbing. The actors in this film give excellent performances and the directing is equally superb. Anybody who really enjoys ghost stories should see this film.


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