I was about to really blame on this film because its clichéd subject: a haunted house. But then I realized this is from 1980, and it wasn't that clichéd back there. More than that, "The Changeling" obviously inspired many of the modern horror movies, such as "The Ring, "The Grudge" and the "Skeleton Key".This film is basically about a young boy who's been murderer by his father due to the child's unbeatable disease, which made another boy a rich senator. The story runs kinda fast, the atmosphere isn't creepy or scary, just a little suspenseful at times, and in the last 20 minutes we have a big jump that was really unexpected. Other than that, the film is nothing but a regular mystery with a turning off ending..
Hungarian-born Peter Medak — he fled Hungary after the 1956 uprising — has directed a number of movies. There are three that I have seen: "The Ruling Class" (which lampoons the class system), "A Day in the Death of Joe Egg" (about parents considering a mercy killing for their child) and "The Changeling", based on the experiences of writer Russell Hunter in a house in Denver. This last one is usually listed as a horror movie, but that description doesn't do it justice. It has a number of the characteristics of horror movies: creepy old house, unexplained sounds, and a protagonist trying to find out the truth about what happened. But the movie focuses as much on those as it does on the effects that the events have on the protagonist.George C. Scott plays John Russell, a composer whose wife and daughter get killed in an accident. So, he moves to Seattle and takes a job with a university. Claire Norman (Trish Van Devere, Scott's final wife), a wom…
The cast, production values, direction, musical score, special effects,and overall atmosphere are all first-rate. I saw it for the first time today and was stunned by is innovation for the time period, and its unflinching insistence on slamming the audience with weird and creepy. The séance scene is one of the best I've ever seen, right up there with the one from "Night of the Demon". However… * SPOILER ALERT* The plot became confusing and convoluted. What seemed at first to be a straightforward ghost story turned out to be a political/police drama and murder mystery. Also, at first the viewer is led to believe the ghost might be a little girl who dies tragically outside the house, but it turns out she lived there after the original occupants which included a boy who had a sister, which added to the confusion because I thought the girl who died, Cora, was his sister, because they said his sister died. But she was the daughter of a doctor, and not the evil Mr. Car…
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