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The Changeling (1980)

 -  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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Director Martin Scorsese included this movie on his Top 11 Scariest Horror Films of all time list. See more »

Goofs

When John Russell uncovers the skeletal hand in the well, the metacarpals and phalanges are still connected to one another. If the body had been in the well for 50 years (as the detective says), then the tendons of the hand would have disintegrated, leaving the tiny bones scattered apart the moment the earth around them was disturbed by the shovel. See more »

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John Russell: [to Senator Carmichael] You're the beneficiary of the cruelest kind of murder... murder for profit!
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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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Very scary and atmospheric horror film
13 March 2005 | by (Greenville, NY) – See all my reviews

In this sadly forgotten horror film, George C. Scott plays a music composer who has just moved to Oregon to escape the painful memories of his wife and daughter who were killed in a car crash. He rents an old and secluded mansion from the historical society as a place to live. Soon after he moves into the house, strange occurrences begin.

This is one of those horror movies that can be scary without being bloody and gory. It simply relies on atmosphere and frightening, but subtle images to deliver its chills, and it works. I will never be able to understand that "R" rating mainly because there is only very mild profanity and there is no blood or gore. Anyway, I would recommend this film to anyone who enjoys a good scary ghost story. 8/10.


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