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The Changeling
The Changeling
Actors: George C. Scott, Trish Van Devere, Melvyn Douglas, Jean Marsh, John Colicos
Director: Peter Medak
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
R     2000     1hr 47min

George C. Scott becomes the unwilling instrument of a ghost's revenge in this supernatural thriller. ' 'A superior haunted house thriller.' ' (Variety)DVD Features: Biographies Interactive Menus


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Actors: George C. Scott, Trish Van Devere, Melvyn Douglas, Jean Marsh, John Colicos
Director: Peter Medak
Creators: Andrew G. Vajna, Garth H. Drabinsky, Joel B. Michaels, Mario Kassar, Diana Maddox, Russell Hunter, William Gray
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Hbo Home Video
Format: DVD - Color,Anamorphic
DVD Release Date: 09/12/2000
Original Release Date: 03/28/1980
Theatrical Release Date: 03/28/1980
Release Year: 2000
Run Time: 1hr 47min
Screens: Color,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 6
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French

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Member Movie Reviews

Deborah D. (pmdeborah) from YORK, PA
Reviewed on 7/23/2010...
I have read some reviews on IMDB that state that this is the scariest movie that they have seen. These people must have never seen another horror movie in their lives. It does have a good plot but just needs to have been made better.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
James B. (wandersoul73) from TYLER, TX
Reviewed on 6/22/2009...
This is such a wonderful ghost story. And Scott's simply awesome.
2 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

"Did you die in this house? Why do you remain?"
Michael R Gates | Nampa, ID United States | 01/12/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Director Peter Medak's THE CHANGELING is a highly entertaining and very creepy old-fashioned ghost story. It stars award-winning actor George C. Scott as John Russell, a musical composer who still grieves over the tragic deaths of his wife and young daughter (the film opens with the accident in which they are killed). In an attempt to put the loss behind him and move on with his life, Russell accepts a teaching position and moves to another town, where he also rents a rather dilapidated old mansion. It doesn't take long for him to realize that his new domicile is haunted, and when he learns that the ghost is that of a young boy who was stealthily murdered in the early 1900s, he throws himself wholeheartedly into the task of solving the mysterious crime. He is assisted in the endeavor by the real-estate agent who arranged his rental contract, played by Scott's wife Trish Van Devere.This film follows the old-school, Hitchcockian method of sucking the unwitting audience into the fantasy and thereby creating a genuine visceral horror. Unlike a lot of more contemporary genre fare, THE CHANGELING subtly builds tension by first concentrating on character development. Then, once the audience has some empathy for the protagonists, the details of the haunting and the related crime slowly unfold as the film's atmosphere becomes more & more eerie and more & more unsettling. So when the film's scariest events finally take place, the audience has been psychologically primed for being genuinely spooked.The acting in this film is superb. In contrast to the arrogant, flamboyantly self-assured characters that Scott is generally famous for playing, his John Russell is a sensitive and vulnerable man who seems truly concerned with the plight of others, and Scott delivers an exceptional performance that is just this side of stupendous. It's a shame that he wasn't offered more roles such as this. The always beautiful Trish Van Devere does a great turn as the real-estate agent who assists Russell, and she does an especially good job and exuding terror when she is confronted vis-à-vis by things that go bump in the night. Also turning in a wonderful performance is the highly revered Melvyn Douglas, here portraying a rather smarmy politician in one of his last roles. Genre fans will recognize Mr. Douglas from an early performance as Roger Penderel in another spook-house film, James Whale's classic THE OLD DARK HOUSE.Like some of its notable predecessors, this old-fashioned ghost story creates lots of gooseflesh and increases the heart rate without resorting to lots of gratuitous gore or stomach-churning make-up effects. So keep in mind, then, that fans who prefer only blood-and-guts horror may find THE CHANGELING a bit slow going. However, anyone who enjoys great acting, great story-telling, and deep-in-the-pit-of-your-stomach psychological scares will really enjoy watching this oft-overlooked gem."
The Changeling
Dave | dvd land | 10/30/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Although I have heard much praise for this movie over the years, I had not seen it until a few weeks ago. And I can see where all the positivity came from. The movie was dead on with the idea that you don't have to do anything visually appealing to score a hit with your audience. Although it had its visual moments (such as it's haunting finale), a lot of it was due to eerie noises and subtle reactions (with no annoying overacting) from star George C. Scott. One way I identify a good horror movie is if the movie (or part of the movie) sticks with me for a while. This movie did that with the brief shot of the wheelchair sitting at the top of the stairs, looking down at the 2 of them. It's very creepy, and it stays with you, along with a few other moments in the film. The dvd transfer is great (as i had rented a vhs version as well and compared the two), it has wonderfully dark scenery and great sound. Unfortunately the disc has only bios, but to have the movie in such great quality, it's no big deal. More people should see this movie, it's not getting the right amount of attention. Rest assured, you will definately get your money's worth with this one. And stay out of the attic."
Be Prepared To Lose A Little Sleep If You Dare Watch This...
Wes Cotton | Southern Pines, NC United States | 09/01/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Ok...honestly. I've seen a lot of movies...especially horror movies, and I've never had one affect me like this one did. On the recommendation of my father, I watched it for the first time about 4 years night, of course (like a dummy).George C. Scott is amazing in this film...and the tragedy that befalls him in the film's opening sequence is sure to suck you right in. Following this, Scott is forced to make a single life for himself and he moves into an extremely large and historic house to compose and teach music. The house is a character in itself...perhaps one of the creepiest I have ever seen (the night scene of Scott walking across the front yard still chills me...very, very spooky). As another reviewer mentioned, the house is so vast that it is unimaginable to think of ONE person occupying it. Well, in this case, it's actually one person...and one supernatural murdered boy who has one heck of a story to tell. I don't want to tell that story...but it will be revealed to you sure enough if you can make it through the unrelenting and horrific duration of this film. But not to give away too much...Certain scenes in the film chilled me to the very bone (the seance scene, the quest for the leaky faucet sound, and many more.) Just when I thought I had survived it...the scenes kept coming...scaring the breath out of me. In a nutshell...if you are bothered by ghosts, darkness, ghostly voices, or anything WILL without a doubt be scared stiff by this one. I had trouble sleeping for at least 3 or 4 nights...and I was about 22 at the time. The film makes excellent use of camera angles and movement, darkness, and sound essence scaring you with what you can't see but know is there. The music is also extremely unsettling at times. But enough said...the only true way to understand the horror of this film is to experience it. BUT BEWARE...YOU WERE WARNED. I am almost 28 now, and still would not sit alone in my living room at night and watch this...unless I felt like forcing a little case of insomnia. EXCELLENT FILM THOUGH...A MUST SEE!