Monday, October 14, 2013

Movie Review: "The Changeling" (1980)

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Movie: "The Changeling"
Director: Peter Medak
Year: 1980
Rating: R
Running Time: 1 hour, 47 minutes

After his wife and daughter are killed in an automobile accident, composer John Russell (George C. Scott) gets a job lecturing at a university and moves into a home owned by the local historical preservation society. Almost immediately, strange things begin happening. It appears as if a ghost is trying to communicate with John, and he takes it upon himself to solve the mystery of what the ghost wants and what happened to it in its former life on earth.

The cast does a find job acting here, but as a whole, the movie is poorly paced and very slow moving. It takes a while for the movie to get moving and unveil if anything really happens. It's another supernatural ghost mystery of a haunted house that offers the typical haunted house fare of spooky noises, knobs being turned randomly, water being turn on, doors slamming, you know the drill. The ending is pretty good, but it takes so long to get there that you're not really interested by the time the film has ended.

Lots of people find this movie chilling and shocking, but we found it to be typical and a bit dull. There are a few creepy parts, but not enough to be considered a classic. Also, the scenery in this movie is gorgeous, and it is shot remarkably well. Overall, it's just okay, but maybe we will watch it again in the future to compare.

My Rating: 6/10
BigJ's Rating: 6/10
IMDB's Rating: 7.2/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 79%
Do we recommend this movie: Sure, why not?

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