The Changeling (1980)

Directed by Peter Medak. Written by William Gray, Diana Maddox and Russell Hunter. Starring George C. Scott, Trish Van Devere, Melvyn Douglas, Jean Marsh, John Colicos and Barry Morse.

Plot: a man staying in a secluded mansion finds it haunted.

John Russell (Scott) loses his wife and child in a car accident then decides to move from New York to Seattle. He moves into an old house that hasn’t been lived in for 12 years. Me and DJ would not have moved into it though because it was too big and we would have needed like, 27 other people living in there with us. Anyway, John starts hear strange noises and asks the realtor about it. She tells him nothing, but some strange woman does tell him that the house doesn’t want people inside.

Then, John finds a ball in the house that he throws in the river only to find it back in the house when he gets home. With increasing weirdness, he gets people together to hold a seance and someone actually speaks to them. Like, it would not have taken me and DJ this long to have been gone. Big house, creepy rooms, strange occurances, NOPE!! We would so be out. But dear John, he stays a little longer and things get a lot worse.

Now, this movie is a classic and we can understand why: the acting is good, John was likable and there was even Freddy Claws, too. But, unpopular opinion time, we don’t really like it. We didn’t understand why it had to be so complicated. It was also unrealistic as hell – John would’ve been shot coming at the Senator the way he did. We didn’t hate it, but we didn’t like it.

Our score: 40.

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