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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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House on Chessman Park  »

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CAD 7,600,000 (estimated)
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The meaning of the movie's "Changeling" title, as per its definition at Wikipedia, is defined as being "a creature found in European folklore and folk religion. It is typically described as being the offspring of a fairy, troll, elf or other legendary creature that has been secretly left in the place of a human child. Sometimes the term is also used to refer to the child who was taken". It is the "swapped child" meaning of the term that is of relevance to the film's story. See more »

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(at around 2 mins) When the Grey car skids, it swerves in the middle of the road and drives away. But on the next shot the car is parked on the left side, facing the coming truck. See more »

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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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Rondo in A minor for Piano, K. 511
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (as Mozart)
Played by Jan Latham-Koenig
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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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