The Changeling

In Uncategorized on June 27, 2010 at 10:58 am

When composer John Russell (George C. Scott) loses his wife and daughter in a car wreck, he seeks solace by renting a secluded estate outside Seattle. But the mansion is haunted by the presence of a child who died there more than 80 years ago. Now, Russell must find out who that child was — and why there seems to be a cover-up about his existence. Peter Medak directs this chilling horror classic that inspired visual elements in other films.

I said in an earlier review that the great thing about watching pre-CGI movies was that you have to really use the story to keep the viewer interested instead of special effects.  The Changeling is a perfect example of effective great writing can engross and thrill you. 

The movie starts right off with you truly feeling the sense of loss for George C. Scott’s character, as he is forced to watched the tragic death of his family due to an auto accident.  Scott is in fine form throughout the entire film and shows why he was one of the greatest American born actors to ever live.  

Because of the accident, his character moves to the north west and accepts a music teaching position at a university. In doing so, he takes a lease out on an old historic mansion, and this is where his troubles really begin. 

I am not going to say anymore about the plot of the film because anything further will give away the greatness of what happens. This film works on so many levels, and today’s film makers  should seriously take notice that you do not have to have senseless violence and sex in a movie to make it enjoyable.

This film could be listed as a mystery, a thriller and a suspense movie, because it weaves all three genres into one fantastic film.  The pacing keeps you guessing all the way to the end trying to figure out what is going on and scares you constantly throughout. 

4.5 out of 5 stars. 


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