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Title:
The changeling
Author:
Kassar, Mario.
Publication Information:
[United States] : HBO ; Burbank, Calif. : Warner Home Video, [2010]

©2010
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (115 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
A man becomes the unwilling instrument of a ghost's revenge.
General Note:
Title from container.

Originally produced as a motion picture in 1979.

Special features include: cast & crew bios.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
MPAA rating: rated R.
ISBN:
9780783116921
UPC:
026359063022
Format :
DVD

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Peter Medak's The Changeling is among a handful of films, including The Haunting (1963), Ghost Story (1981), and Lady in White (1988), that have successfully recreated the intimate, drawing-room atmosphere of supernatural horror fiction. After his wife and daughter are killed in a snowbound car accident, classical composer John Russell (George C. Scott) relocates from New York to Seattle to teach at his alma mater. Looking for a quiet place to rest and continue writing music, he is referred Claire Norman (Trish Van Devere) at the Seattle Historical Preservation Society. Claire shows John a large, sparsely furnished estate in the outlying countryside. He takes the house, appreciating its remoteness and the solitude it might afford, and diverts himself by renovating and settling in. He even starts to compose, putting aside his older work in favor of a new, sentimental piece for the piano. It is not long, however, before he begins having nightmares about the accident that killed his wife and daughter. Possibly because of this trauma, he is open to communications from the house's ghostly occupants. Pursuing a loud, repetitive pounding noise in an upper room, he stumbles on the apparition of a young boy drowning in a tub. Working together with Claire, John discovers frightening parallels between this vision and buried events from the house's past. Horror writer M.R. James once said that his goal as a writer was to make the reader feel "pleasantly uncomfortable." Those looking for a similar experience in movies will appreciate The Changeling as a gem in the horror genre. ~ Anthony Reed, Rovi