The Changeling (1980)

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The Changeling is a handsomely produced late-70s haunted house movie that builds into a satisfying supernatural thriller. It stars a Hardcore-era George C. Scott who is very entertaining at this age. After the tragic death of his wife and daughter in the opening scene, he moves into a giant rickety house in Seattle to continue his career as a composer. When strange hauntings began rattling the house, Scott becomes obsessed with solving the mystery of a boy who might've been murdered there many years before. With the help of his new lady friend played by Trish Van Devere, Scott begins to unravel the mystery. Most of the creeping around the house and various hauntings are tasteful and not too scary, and it takes quite a while for the thriller/mystery to develop. You can tell it's based upon a novel because it is cinematically dull even if it's well shot. The conclusion is satisfying enough for fans of the haunted house genre.

The Changeling is a 1980 Canadian psychological horror film directed by Peter Medak and starring George C. Scott and Trish Van Devere (Scott's real-life wife). The story is based upon events that writer Russell Hunter said he experienced while he was living in the Henry Treat Rogers Mansion of Denver, Colorado. The Changeling won the first ever Genie Award for Best Canadian Film.

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