The year 1980 was a great year for haunted house movies, because in addition to Stephen King’s, The Shining, The Changeling, starring George C. Scott, was released in theaters.
(A quick word to the wise. Don’t confuse this movie with the 2008 movie starring Angelina Jolie. Jolie’s film is completely different and while it is good, it has nothing to do with the supernatural which I believe may be a key reason you’d be watching it. Am I right?)
So, my darlings. What is The Changeling all about? Well, not unlike The Shining‘s plot, John Russell (George C. Scott) is a writer who finds himself isolated in a very large mansion. The difference is, however, that instead of being a novelist, George C. Scott is a writer of music who moves in after being consumed with grief and in dire need of a change of scenery. You see, John’s beloved family was killed in a freak accident right in before his eyes. It’s a terrible scene and we, as the audience, can only imagine how much inconsolable pain that man is in.
At any rate, the grieving composer rents a beautiful mansion in order to escape the pain of loss and to engross himself in his work–his music. Soon after moving in, of course, the noises begin and the ghost story unfolds…
An Interesting Note About the Movie
The house after which the set for the Changeling was fashioned was deemed to be haunted. The real house was The Henry Treat Rogers Mansion in Denver, Colorado, and was only about 70 miles from the Stanley Hotel, the setting of Stephen King’s horror classic. Weird, huh?
Supposedly, The Changeling story, written by Russell Hunter, actually happened during the time he lived in the house during the late 60s. He supposedly experienced many unnerving happenings like loud bangs and crashes and faucets that would turn on and off by themselves. Rumors make The Changeling sound like a true story.
Alas, though, the house has since been torn down and new homes built in its place. While whether the story is completely true has been disputed, what’s not in question is how good the movie is.
Highly regarded by many, this film won 10 awards and was nominated for 4 others. Written by Russell Hunter and William Gray and directed by Peter Medak, this movie is definitely worth your time. Enjoy the film here, below as posted on YouTube by David Ezzio.
Give It a Watch
Click the arrow in the image to start the movie.
One last thing
And something to think about as you watch the movie –
Is the entity in the film reaching out to John because of the recent deaths in his life?
I bring this up because it is believed that those experiencing grief are closer to the other side and more susceptible to visitations from the other side. In fact, the Scientific American talks about it in an article, that says survivors of those who’ve died are prone to hallucinations of dead people. Hmmmm.
In this movie then, does John see dead people, or is the ghost appearing to him merely because John is there?
You’ll have to watch it for yourself and see what you think.