The Changeling is one of those forgotten gems of paranormal horror. It’s a bit of a slow burner at first but patience has its rewards as the story unfolds in interesting ways. George C. Scott [ The Exorcist III, Firestarter] is symphonic composer John Russel, who moved to Seattle after his wife and child were killed in a freak automobile accident. He moves into an old hose that hasn’t been lived in for twelve years and, surprise, strange things start to happen.
Scott is excellent in this role which shouldn’t surprise to anyone. He is center stage in every scene of this film and handles the material like the pro he is. While the other actors also give fine performances, this is definitely his show and his show only!
Director Peter Medak [Species II] and cinematographer John Coquillon [Witchfinder General, Curse of the Crimson Altar] do a great job of establishing an eerie mood and keeping the suspension simmering throughout the film. While some of the special effects are subtle and good, the stuff toward the end of the film is a tad bit hokey for me. It’s typical 1980’s stuff so…it is what it is.
If you like paranormal horror and smartly written supernatural stories, then The Changeling is definitely your kind of movie. It doesn’t quite rate a classic in my book, but it comes awfully close.
RATING: Very Good.
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