A man whose family is killed in a road accident retires to a lonely mansion and begins to experience supernatural occurrences linked to the house’s mysterious past and its previous owners.
I have to say this is one of my favorite ghost story movies. It has a great story, George C. Scott is perfect in the role of a Composer who loses his wife and daughter in an accident attempts to start his life again without them with a new job and a new home…the catch is…the home is haunted.
There is a great mystery element to this movie as well as some spooky moments. The end leaves a bit to be desired and I feel they could have worked that a little better. But all in all it is a wonderfully ambiant movie that gives me the chills everytime I see it.
This is one of the best ghost movies ever made! 5 minutes into the movie you are on the edge of your seat in horror as George C. Scott’s wife and daughter are wiped out in an accident as he watches in horror. Then the movie gets started! There is a element of mystery, horror and great drama throughout the entire movie. This movie actually holds up relatively well over time. I saw this for the first time, probably 10 years ago and again I saw it last year and it was just as good and because most of the special effects are minimal, they don’t look to cheesy or outdated. And the use of the wheelchair and little rubber ball, still gives me the creeps thinking about it. Awesome movie, great story, definitely worth seeing!
i fell asleep.
First movie I’ve ever watched and actually had to turn off because I felt like I was going to pee my pants. Very scary flick….
A solid, creepy, atmospheric film. Even though I wasn’t really scared at any point, this is still one of the better haunted house movies you’ll see. The pacing was fine, the acting was great, and the plot was actually interesting.
Not really scary but an interesting plot & great acting.
A solid ghost movie
One of my favorites….the voices and the wheelchair….damn!
very good ghost movie
this movie was not as good as it was made out to be, lets get that out of the way first. a composer loses his wife and daughter in a freak accident and he moves into an old house which happens to be the home of a restless spirit. it takes it awhile to get going and when it does, its nothing too scary. the house was creepy, but the spirit in the house wasnt. we get some loud noises which was a little over the top for me, a bouncing ball which really did nothing for me either…but i will admit the wheelchair was pretty creepy and was probably the best part of the movie. the voices were a little much, ghosts dont usually talk that much, lol, so i wasnt feeling that. the story was ok, nothing special, and most of the movie is slow and drawn out, which made it soo boring for me. overall, i love ghost movies and this one just didnt work for me. pretty “vanilla” overall with an uninteresting and quite boring ghost…cant reccommend this one.
yeah, this is one of my top 5 movies ever! i don’t mean this in a bad way, but i wonder if the folks who didn’t really like it/find it that spooky are in a younger age bracket than say 30 yrs old. i’ve never found this movie to be slow but many younger people today need things to be going on ALL the time. the seance scene is INCREDIBLY spooky and the event that happens right after the seance has ended (with the recording playback!) is one of the scariest things i’ve ever seen. oh, and it’s nice to have a movie with actual adults and not teens or tweens. these are seasoned and amazing actors in this wonderful movie! AWESOME movie! i’d give this a 10 out of 10.
super-scary classic! George C. Scott is such an amazing actor and the house is one of the creepiest I’ve ever seen
One of the best haunted house movies ever.
I remember seeing this movie when I was waaay young but still old enough to remember what it was about. It was a sad story because it involved
a little boy drowning in the tub, and so on the
story became creepier as the movie progressed sounds like I need to rent this one again. This
was one of the best haunting movies of the 80′s.
Simple, classic haunting story that holds up great after 30 yrs. The story unfolds well, and George C. is so solid as a grieving composer. Found this to be more creepy and interesting than scary, but like that matters–good movie.
I love the old fashion cinematography. This movie did a great job of being creepy and not cheesy. That old wheel chair alone was F’N scary! Other than that, the movie dragged a little. I felt the ending didn’t justify all the build up. A good late night flick, but nothing great.
Love this movie. Proper retro horror. Very scary.
I’ve never really been into the ghost/haunting sub-genre of horror. But every now and then I take a look at one I hear is pretty good. The changeling was definetly a creepy 70′s ghost mystery. Does it belong in the greats? I don’t think it does. But for what it is, it’s a decently effective ghost story with good characters and plot. It comes recommended.
I agree with most posters that this is a creepy classic with a solid plot, great acting by George C. Scott, and nice `haunted house’ atmosphere. But don’t expect big scares or a “horror” movie. It is more of a mystery/suspense flick.
One of the best ghost story films I’ve ever seen. Seriously high on creepy atmosphere and it relies heavily on creating a tense psychological mood rather depending on violence (and don’t get me wrong, I do also love violent horror films). This film comes with a very strong recommend from myself.
George C. Scott’s character is a music composer. In the first scene, he loses his wife and daughter in a tragic accident. In an attempt to get back into the patterns of life, he takes a teaching job in Oregon and rents a house from the local historical preservation society. Of course, as one would expect when renting an old house (which is more like a mansion) that nobody else wants to rent, ghostly things begin to occur.
George C. Scott is always fun to watch, though at some points later in his career you could tell he was just going through the motions. In this film, his acting is actually not bad, just inappropriate, and that might be the directors fault. At no point does he seem frightened, or even surprised. If anything, he’s really pissed off. In fact, it’s almost George Patton vs the Ghost. Slam doors and shake a chandelier? WHAT THE HELL DO YOU WANT?!? If our antagonist isn’t frightened, why should we be?
I also had issues with a guy who is trying to get over loss and a feeling of emptiness renting a mansion about the size of Buckingham Palace just for himself. Really?
Not a bad movie, by any means. But other than a scene with an angry wheelchair, not much in the scare department.
This movie was scary for me as a kid. I remember the seance, the ball bouncing down the steps, the wheelchair chasing that girl around the house and the music box were all very creepy and frightening elements. I like it when ghosts make characters like John do a little detective work. I’m glad the scandal of the century is not buried underneath my bedroom floor boards!
“The Changeling” is a crafty, sly, and wholesomely effective horror film that takes inspiration from all over the place; yet it isn’t messy. It’s a good old fashioned haunted house story that works for a variety of unique and note-worthy reasons – one of them being the successful collaboration between its writer (Russell Hunter) and its director (Peter Medak). As far as haunted house movies go; it’s my favorite kind. To be precise, that “kind” which I refer to is the “kind” of haunted house movie that takes its precious time to get to the juicy (and creepy) stuff. Its equal parts frightening and richly glazed with suspense along the way, so there is still plenty to appreciate while we wait patiently for the expected things to start happening.
The fun part of movies such as this one is the ride there; when we reach our destination, and things get both loud and almost obnoxiously jumpy, it’s wild and imaginative (often times), but also less interesting and/or engaging. “The Changeling” will not go down in history as a classic for its genre, or the sub-genre that it aspires to fall under, but it stands alone and it stands tall. If you like movies of this sort – and I went in knowing that I did – then you will probably enjoy yourself. If not, then the movie still has its pleasures; a few creepy, genuinely scary moments here-and-there, but alas, nothing absolutely spectacular. Even with such flaws and considerations, I have this ever-respectable affection for the film, and yes, I’d even say I recommend it. But that’s as far as I’ll go.
Many people have a problem with the film’s story and its characters. The film begins promisingly with the death of a wife and a daughter by tragic car collision on one ill-fated winter day. The husband (and father) is the only survivor of this tragedy. His name is John Russell (George C. Scott). After the incident that claimed the two lives of those most close to him, he moves to a Victorian-style mansion to try to escape his rough past. And it’s a creepy old place.
John cozies up quite nicely at first; there’s plenty of space for him to practice his piano-playing skills, which he puts to great use whenever he teaches a class on that particular instrument (at heart, he is a composer), and the place just seems…ideal. A little cleaning up could help make it significantly less ominous and, well, creepy; sure. But that shouldn’t be too much of a hassle, right?
Wrong. A few days pass and John has explored most areas in his large new home. He seems at peace until he begins to hear strange noises; and John is able to see what a few of the sources are. Windows break on random, doors close unexpectedly and without any physical force to move them, and there’s some loud noise coming from the upstairs. John, a typical horror movie protagonist, tries to ignore such things until they get out of hand. He is fed up.
So as can be expected, he does the thing that all horror movie heroes must do in such situations; he calls a psychic medium to his house. But of course, he does this only after he reaches the conclusion that a ghost exists within his house and is not intent on leaving, and decides that he can’t do much else about it. One of the film’s best scenes involves a sÃ
If you find this movie scary, you need your head examined. People that find this scary probably lost sleep after watching Paranormal Activity, The Ring or The Grudge. This is not horror! This movie is boring, slow and not the least bit scary. Don’t bother with this. You want to be scared?? Go watch The Exorcist, or even The Blair Witch Project.
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