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The Changeling (1980)

Canada 107m, Colour
Director: Peter Medak; Cast: George C. Scott, Trish Van Devere, Melvyn Douglas, John Colicos, Jean Marsh, Helen Burns, Madeleine Sherwood, Barry Morse

the_changelingThe Changeling is a classic style haunted house murder mystery about John Russell, a music composer who takes up residence in an old mansion after losing his own wife and daughter in a car accident. Still struggling to cope with his own loss, Russell discovers a terrifying seventy year old secret after a séance reveals that a child’s murder had been committed in the house which no one had yet discovered. The Changeling is a wonderfully frightful supernatural tale that relies on a well-written screenplay, believable performances and simple supernatural effects that can still induce shivers (Klaus Ming August 2013).

4 comments on “The Changeling (1980)

  1. SJHoneywell

    I liked this one, too. I was surprised at just how effective certain moments in the film (like the item at the top of the stairs) are. This is plenty scary and it does it without really any special effects.

    • Klaus

      The red ball bouncing down the stairs is amazingly effective. One of my favourite horror movies.

      • SJHoneywell

        It is, but the wheelchair perched at the top of the stairs? All the hair on my arms stood up at that.

  2. Klaus

    I always thought that the chair was more obvious, but yeah, it is a real shiver moment! This movie should be on the list.

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