The Changeling

dir. Peter Medak

The Changeling

dir. Peter Medak

TIFF Cinematheque - Canadian Open Vault

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Grieving after suffering a horrible family tragedy, a composer (George C. Scott) moves into an ominous mansion that holds a terrible secret (literally) within its walls, in this much-loved classic of Canadian horror cinema.

After suffering a horrible tragedy, composer John Russell (George C. Scott) rents an ominous mansion once inhabited by one of the most prominent families in Washington state (or, as we like to call it in Canada, British Columbia). After witnessing all manner of strange phenomena — shattering windows, slamming doors, a horrifying, incessant pounding noise — Russell seeks help from a woman at the local historical society (Trish Van Devere, Scott's wife) as he attempts to unearth the mystery the house hides (literally) within its walls. One of the peak (and strangely beloved) accomplishments in Canadian horror cinema, and a commercial and critical shot in the arm for the Canadian film industry during the beleaguered tax shelter years, Peter Medak's creepily efficient ghost story left an indelible mark on anyone who saw it before they turned twenty — in part because of the smart script and solid acting, but especially because of the inventive use of sound.