Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Horror Review: The Changeling (1980)

A man staying at a secluded historical mansion, finds his life being haunted by the presence of a spectre.

The supernatural has always been a cornerstone of the Horror genre, problem is, is that it's a type of film that can either be great or awful, there's hardly a middle ground. Luckily this film is one of the greats.

This 1980 release truly is a gem from a great era. Director, Peter Madak, did a superb job here. He pulls you in-to the film to experience the strange goings on alongside the cast. The script is also full of great dialogue, it truly is wonderful.

Medak creates tons of suspense with the barest sight of blood and creates a tense atmosphere that you can't escape from. George C. Scott pulls off an oscar worthy performance as John Russell, a composer in mourning trying to get his life back together.

This is a chilling film with scares that aren't achieved like today's films, by which I mean the manipulating of the audience. It's good old fashioned noises, bumps and strange goings on. I much prefer it to todays supernatural, haunting films.

These types of films (Haunted old houses) seem to be making a comeback, the closest to it was the recent "The Woman In Black" although I must say I prefer "The Changeling" 

For those of you who after gore and boobs then this film is not for you, if you want suspense, mystery and tension then get watching this!

If you want to see "The Changeling" trailer then just click on the video below:

Miscellaneous facts about the film:
  • Before Peter Medak was given the job, two British directors were considered; Tony Richardson declined due to creative differences. 
  • Was the first film to win best picture in the Canadian Film Awards after its name was changed to the Genie Awards. 
  • The movie is based on events which supposedly took place at a house in Denver, Colorado, in the 1960s. The Chessman Park neighborhood in the movie is a reference to Cheesman Park in Denver, where the original haunting transpired. 

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