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!
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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