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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... 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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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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"How did you die, Joseph...? Did you die in this house...? Why do you remain...?" See more »

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28 March 1980 (USA)  »

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House on Chessman Park  »

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CAD 7,600,000 (estimated)
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French censorship certificate: -13. See more »

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(at around 1h 35 mins) The wheelchair rolls down the stairs, crashes upside down and the wheels splinter. After the fire, the wheelchair is seen sitting upright and back intact. See more »

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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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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.122 (2011) 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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First-Rate Haunted Horror
10 November 2001 | by See all my reviews

George C. Scott loses his wife and daughter in a car accident, moves to Seattle, and rents a gigantic old mansion with a haunted secret past. This film is skillfully directed by Peter Medak who gets more that even he probably bargained from a solid cast of actors, a wonderful script, and one great-looking eerie old house. Medak creates tons of suspense with the barest sight of blood. This film reeks atmosphere. The house reeks atmosphere. Scott's performance and that of veteran Melvyn Douglass reek atmosphere. Doors creak, balls mysteriously bounce, water runs, windows break in the old house trying to tell Scott about the secret of a young child that once lived there. The script is fanciful yet well-written and very creative. Scott gives an atypically subdued performance that suggests passion, heartbreak, and tenacity. The rest of the performers are very good too. I cannot remember the last time Mr. Douglass gave a poor performance. Some of the scenes that really stand out in my mind are flashback sequences showing the terrible secret that has been hidden in the house for over 70 years. Medak doesn't have a huge budget to work with here, but this movie beats out newer haunted house films like the remake of The Haunting by leaps and bounds. This is one classy scare film!


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