The Changeling (1980)

The Changeling

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  • Release Date:  1980
  • Genre:  Haunted House
  • Cast & Crew: George C. Scott, Trish Van Devere, Melvyn Douglas, Jean Marsh, John Colicos, Barry Morse, Madeleine Sherwood, Helen Burns, Frances Hyland, Ruth Springford, Eric Christmas, Roberta Maxwell
  • Director:  Peter Medak
  • Screenwriter:  Diana Maddox, Russell Hunter, William Gray

 The Changeling (1980) Rating:

  • Dylan = 9 / 10;
  • Eloise = 6 / 10;
  • Raoul = 7 / 10;
  • IMDB = 7.3 / 10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 7.9 / 10

The Changeling (1980) Synopsis:

Following an accident that killed his wife and daughter, a man moves into an old abandoned house which will prove to be inhabited by the spirit of a young boy.

The Changeling (1980) Review:

The Changeling is a classic of the haunted house genre. The movie follows the grief of John, a famous compositor, as he moves into a creepy old mansion. Quickly, the haunting starts with the usual noises and for quite some time, there is not much more happening. The story then takes an unexpected turn as, instead of being scared, the main character goes on to investigate on the reasons that pushes the ghost to act as such. The storyline is quite convoluted and well-told, and probably account for most of the film’s huge success.

Another strength of The Changeling is the main actor, the immensely talented George C. Scott (The Exorcist III). The sadness of his character throughout the all film is very communicative, and his calm when facing the spirit totally disconcerting.

The movie is not perfect; it is slow paced and may lack a little action to be truly entertaining. It however remains one of the great tales of horror, and has got this dramatic touch that makes it memorable. The end is very intense and, along with a wonderful music, comes to end that classic on a beautiful note.


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