The Changeling (1980)

The Changeling (1980)One of my all time favourite of all time, I watched this one I was a kid and to my surprise, I enjoyed it as much as the first time, even after all those years.

On vacation, the composer John Russell and his family are the victims of an accident that claims the lives of his wife and daughter. Grieving, John, decides to rent an old Mansion. The house seems perfect and everything that John needs to write music and forget about the past. But, and there is a but… he is not alone. A Spirit lies around, the spirit of a child that cannot rest in peace until someone can help him with the dark secret surrounding his life and , of course, his death!

Nothing like a stairway to hell that goes up.Fantastic atmosphere in this 22 year old movie, the tension keeps on building up until the end and the story leads you all the way without a chance of being bored.

A perfect ghost story, with strange noises, unexplained door openings, creepy piano music and almost no special effects.

There is one scene that will always stay with me: John Russell takes a kid’s ball to a river in order to never see it again and when he opens the front door the same ball, wet, goes down the stairs in a perfect slow motion effect… it seems ridiculous but is highly effective!

Please note that Director Martin Scorsese placed The Changeling on his list of the 11 scariest horror films of all time.


George C. Scott … John Russell

Trish Van Devere … Claire Norman

Melvyn Douglas … Senator Joe Carmichael

Jean Marsh … Joanna Russell

John Colicos … Captain DeWitt

Directed By … Peter Medak


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