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sealed attic rooms-
There was a time in horror movies not that long ago when special effects and fountains of blood were far less relied upon than they seem to
be today; atmospheric surroundings and character driven plot lines were the real hook that left your mind reeling and your heart pumping
and this is where The Changeling shines. A true classic of the supernatural genre in every sense of the word, The Changeling set the rules
and laid the ground work, creating a formula for almost every haunted house film to follow in it's wake. If you're a fan of this style of movie
and watch a lot of them, but are new to The Changeling, it runs the risk of seemingly employing every ghostly cliché in the book. But don't
be fooled, The Changeling, while certainly not the first ghost story, helped to bridge the gap between original classics like House on
Haunted Hill and more modern terrors like ... well the remake of House on Haunted Hill! Don't quote me on that one though because unlike
that debacle of a film The Changeling is actually quite good and helped to perfect the art of the modern jump scare. Ranking high on most
horror movie lists as one of the greats the film was a true pioneer in the field of the modern day ghost story.
What sets The Changeling apart from many of it's copy cats is it's ability to utilize not only the classic jump scare tactics that the genre is so
famous for but also a well crafted unraveling of clues as to the identity of our ghost and the circumstances surrounding the death. Part
murder mystery, part haunted house thriller, The Changeling manages to follow a very basic formula and still keep you guessing and
interested in the fate of all the characters. This is especially true of the main protagonist John Russell (brilliantly played by the always
amazing George C. Scott). From the first sixty seconds of the film we are instantly invested in John's life and are swept away with him on a
fantastic journey of grief, confusion, anger and terror.
The premise is a familiar one – man with a tragic past moves into long abandoned house with an equally tragic and mysterious past and
strange things happen, as strange things are often want to do. The joy is in the performances of the actors and the execution of the
strangeness which is both exceedingly creepy and intelligent. It is difficult to review what makes The Changeling so great without giving
away any of the surprises or jump scares it has in store for you, but if you're a fan of beginnings, there is no better one than the birth of a
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