Friday, March 06, 2015

The Changeling

The Changeling is a 1980 George C. Scott ghost story. It's directed by Peter Medak, who directed an episode of Carnivale. I like this one. I like Scott as the tragic man whose wife and daughter have been recently killed in a road accident. When he moves into a historic house and feels an odd presence, you can't help but cry for him as he seeks to find out what happened. It's an eerie murder mystery, more than what you might think of as straight horror.

Moria says, "Peter Medak never lets his scares go often enough and mostly the film ends up being carried by the story which is structured with a sense of deepening mystery." says, "I highly recommend THE CHANGELING to anyone who loves good, old fashioned horror movies—the kind that get labeled suspense thrillers today because marketing executives view “horror” as a dirty word." DVD Beaver calls it "A subtle and genuinely scary ghost story". Roger Ebert likes its "craftmanship", but says, "Scott makes the hero so rational, normal and self-possessed that we never feel he's in real danger; we go through this movie with too much confidence." Rotten Tomatoes has a critics rating of 76%.

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