The Changeling

Synopsis: It was the perfect family vacation for composer John Russell and his family when a freak automobile accident claims the lives of his wife and daughter. Consumed by grief, John, at the request of friends, rents an old turn of the century house. Mammoth in size, the house seems all the room that John needs to write music and reflect. He does not realize that he is not alone in the house. He shares it with the spirit of a murdered child who has homed in on John's despair and uses him to uncover decades of silence and deceit. With the help of Claire Norman, the one who aided John in procuring the house, they race to find the answers and soon learn that a devious and very powerful man guards them.
Genre: Horror
Director(s): Peter Medak
Production: Vestron Video
  10 wins & 4 nominations.
 
IMDB:
7.3
Rotten Tomatoes:
76%
R
Year:
1980
107 min
259 Views

Where would we put

all that luggage?

Think about that.

- You're very strong.

- Okay, push!

This is the last holiday

I'm ever going on with you.

Where'd you get all those muscles?

- Come on.

- More, more, more!

- Don't quit now.

- How much further?

It's only a couple million more miles.

A couple of what?

Couple million more miles.

Right up here we're gonna stop.

Keep pushing. Don't quit.

- Mexico next time.

- Hawaii's better.

Hold it, hold it.

That's good.

- Now what you gonna do?

- I'm gonna try to get us some-

- Help?

- Help.

Come on.

Let's have a snowball fight.

Daddy! Daddy!

Come on!

Help me, Daddy!

Yes, do you have the number

for Emergency Road Service?

Thank you, Stan.

If you want a hand with anything,

just give me a shout, Mr. Russell.

I will, thanks.

Mr. Russell?

Catch.

You know that this piece

is going to Seattle too, Estancia?

Yes, sir.

Good.

At first, right after it happened,

I was in shock.

I just functioned automatically.

I didn't feel anything.

And one day, it hit me-

Joanna and Kathy are gone.

I just kept walking around the apartment

saying it over and over: "They're gone."

I guess I was about half crazy.

But that's over four months ago...

and what I've got to do now is

start making demands of myself.

Your first class is next Monday.

I'll set up a meeting tomorrow

with some of the faculty.

You'll remember a lot of them.

That's fine, Robert.

Thanks for everything you've done.

Come on. Everyone's very excited

about you being here.

A well-known alumnus and

distinguished composer like yourself.

Says who?

Distinguished or not,

we're glad you came.

Come on!

Give it to me!

- No!

- Okay, kids, keep it down.

Go into the kitchen,

get yourself some cookies.

By the way, how long are you

planning to stay in that hotel?

- There's plenty of room here.

- No, thanks, Eva.

I think I'm gonna find a house to rent.

I've got some things coming out.

I need a place I can lock myself in

and pound away at the piano all night.

I have a friend who works for

the Historical Preservation Society.

They have some old houses

that I'm sure they rent.

- We'll see what we can come up with.

- Good.

- Mr. Russell?

- Yes.

Hello, I'm Claire Norman.

Why don't you hop in and we'll drive up.

Fine.

- When was the house last occupied?

- Let's see.

About 12 years ago.

It's been with the Historical Society...

for the past 12 years.

There we go.

Wow.

There were plans at one time to

turn it into some kind of a museum.

But I don't know. I guess

a house was meant to be lived in.

Why hasn't it been lived in?

I've only been with the Society

for a year now.

The impression I get is they haven't

tried very hard with this place.

Of course,

it does need a lot of work.

Yeah.

There's some pieces here

that are just stored.

You'd have your pick of them.

You know, whatever you'd like.

Kitchen's in here.

What does it take to maintain

a house of this size?

We have a man

who looks after all these places.

Mr. Tuttle.

And...

this is the music room.

This is really why

I thought of you and this house.

The piano was left here

when the Society took over.

Just too much trouble

to move, really.

It must be in very bad shape.

What are the terms?

Sorry to disturb your composing.

That's all right, Mr. Tuttle.

This has already been composed.

There's a man in front wanting

to deliver a water storage tank.

Oh, okay.

Have you managed

to do any writing?

I'm still working on the second

movement. Same old problem.

Well, maybe the lectures will help,

get some new ideas going.

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