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The Changeling (1980)

R | | Horror | 28 March 1980 (USA)
A man staying at a secluded historical mansion finds himself being haunted by the presence of a spectre.

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10 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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... John Russell
... Claire Norman
... Senator Carmichael
... Joanna Russell
... Captain DeWitt
... Parapsychologist
... Mrs. Norman (as Madeleine Thornton-Sherwood)
... Leah Harmon
... Mrs. Grey
... Minnie Huxley
... Albert Harmon
... Eva Lingstrom
... Robert Lingstrom
James B. Douglas ... Eugene Carmichael
... Security Guard
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Storyline

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 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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Horror

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28 March 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

House on Chessman Park  »

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CAD 7,600,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Although Rick Wilkins is the credited film composer, the music box composition is actually written by Howard Blake. The unabridged composition is featured in his Lifecycle collection of 24 piano works in 24 keys. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 07 mins) John and Claire are driving to Mrs. Gray's house and the driver of the car is clearly not John but a younger man with short, dark hair. See more »

Quotes

John Russell: [to Senator Carmichael] You're the beneficiary of the cruelest kind of murder... murder for profit!
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Referenced in End Roll (2012) 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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More Chilling Than I Had Remembered
27 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

I found this to be a pretty solid haunted-house thriller...and better than I remembered so I have changed a few things in this review. The cinematography was admirable, mainly in the first half of the film and the special-effects near the end were excellent. That was capped off by a wheelchair chasing Trish Van Devere and a railing catching fire. In all, kind of bizarre and interesting scene.

George C. Scott stars and Van Devere and an aged Melvyn Douglas provide noted supporting roles. There are very few dry spots and overall, its a decent horror film and not an expensive DVD purchase - so grab it, if you can. The suspense build beautifully. Nice direction by Peter Medak.


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