The Changeling

Recommended

Archival Presentations | 1980 | 107 minutes

Stranger Says:

An underrated haunted-house film set in Seattle (though filmed mostly in Vancouver, even then). George C. Scott plays a famous composer (sure, why not?) whose wife and daughter are killed in a horrible accident. He immerses himself in his work, relocating to Seattle, where he rents what can only be called a preposterously massive mansion for one human to occupy. When the house starts groaning, howling, and pounding on its own pipes, his attention is aroused. A bit of research leads him to uncover the kind of long-suppressed shameful tragedy that underlies all gothic horror and nearly all American wealth. Scott is always a pleasure to behold (especially when pretending to be just a normal guy), as are the rare glimpses of pre-boom Seattle (the pencil building downtown was even more conspicuous and lovely 38 years ago), and director Peter Medak, late of The Ruling Class, would go on to make The Krays, Let Him Have It, and other dark gems. SIFF is presenting a restored print of the film, which ought to seal the deal.

SIFF Says:

Set in Seattle and based on true events, one of cinema's most acclaimed ghost stories returns in a new 4K restoration. Legendary actor George C. Scott stars as a composer who finds himself in a secluded Victorian mansion where he receives nightly messages from a childish paranormal entity who chillingly reveals the house's disturbing history.
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Film Credits
Director
Peter Medak
Cast
George C. Scott, Trish Van Devere, Melvyn Douglas, John Colicos, Jean Marsh, Helen Burns, Madeleine Sherwood
Festivals
SIFF 2018