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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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First of two ghost story horror movies that veteran actor Melvyn Douglas made in a two year period right at the end of his film career. The other picture was Ghost Story (1981) his final film credit. See more »

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Even at the time of Joseph's murder - around 1930 or so - there were ways and means to distinguish between two separate boys, even if one of them has taken the place of the other. Joseph's father's plan should not have worked. See more »

Quotes

De Witt: I understand you lost your wife and daughter a little while ago. Maybe it shook you up. Maybe too much... *Maybe*, you need help.
John Russell: I'd like you to leave now...
De Witt: [making his threat a bit more clear] We can see that you get it... do you understand what I'm saying?
John Russell: [points to the door] Out! Now!
De Witt: [pressing] Listen to me, Russell! You've got something of the Senator's... he wants it back. It's a little gold medal, a family heirloom, he lost it. He thinks *you've* got it.
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Referenced in The Puppet Monster Massacre (2010) See more »

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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Most enjoyable edge of the seat spooky
22 October 2003 | by (Nottingham England) – See all my reviews

Never seen the late George C Scott in a film like this before,but i think he just about got away with it.Before you watch it make sure you can watch it without interuptions,prefarbly when its dark,that way you'll get more involved.

The film is about a ageing music composer who,after a car accident in which is family are killed,buys a mansion,all is well to start with but soon there is loud banging at night and soon we see a medium being called in to find the ghost of a young boy called Joseph who was murdered in the house 70 years ago,Mr. Scott then trundles through the film trying to find the reason he was killed and by who.A totally enjoyable super natural movie that as a few twists and turns,a few scenes will make the hair on your arms stand up,having said all this the ending was a little predictable.


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