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The Changeling (1980)

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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Finnish certificate # 88322 delivered on 11-6-1980. See more »

Goofs

(at around 11 mins) When John is playing the piano towards the beginning, the above the door next to the fireplace has light behind it. But, when John is called away from the piano, the transom above the door is dark. See more »

Quotes

Minnie Huxley: That house is not fit to live in. No one's been able to live in it. It doesn't want people.
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Connections

Referenced in The Dead Hate the Living! (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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Does for Ghosts what AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON does for Werewolves!!!!!
5 November 2003 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

THE CHANGELING is by far the scariest film I have ever seen. It's not because of scary monsters or gory F/X. This film has very few gory moments or F/X. It scares with great story telling, sounds and dark corners. It's actually quite a sad story as well. The acting is excellent and the director is quite accomplished. I am a huge movie fanatic and HORROR is one of my favorite genres; and I realize there are very few actually good horror movies, so take my word this is great film making. WATCH IT ALONE and you will be very unpleased by how scared you are. This is not a film to watch with a group. I tried that once and everyone thought it was boring. You need the quiet to pay attention to build the natural tension and fear. Enjoy. They don't make them better than this. This is up there with AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON as the best of the horror genre!!!


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