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The Changeling (1980)

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A man staying at a secluded historical mansion, finds his life 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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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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Trivia

The house seen in the movie in real life doesn't and never actually did exist. The film-makers could not find a suitable mansion to use for the film so at a cost of around $200,000, the production had a Victorian gothic mansion facade attached to the front of a much more modern dwelling in a Vancouver street. This construction was used for the filming of all the exteriors of the movie's Carmichael Mansion. The interiors of the haunted house were an elaborate group of interconnecting sets built inside a film studio in Vancouver. See more »

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During the second part of the séance when the metal flute object is in the center of the table, the camera's point of view descends the staircase and walks into the room. The shadow of the camera operator is visible on the floor to the left, just after entering the room. See more »

Quotes

John Russell: You goddamn son of a bitch. What is it you want?
[shouting]
John Russell: What do you want from me? I've done everything I can do!
[pause]
John Russell: There's nothing more to do.
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Referenced in What Lies Beneath (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

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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