With George C. Scott and Trish Van Devere
(from the DVD case)
George C. Scott and Trish Van Devere star in a thriller that challenges the viewers to solve its mystery. It’s a haunted house adventure complete with séances, nocturnal grave diggings, ghostly spirits, and an ancient puzzle jealously guarded by a devious man. Scott is splendid as the man who becomes an unwilling instrument of a ghost’s revenge and learns to trust no one. Eerily entwining a detective story with the mystery of the supernatural, The Changeling delivers solid entertainment and a frightening good time.
I like that this horror movie does not rely on gore and blood to get the chills it is looking for. Unfortunately the chills are few and long in coming. The movie has a very slow start. We watch Scott hang out in a big house with a few odd noises for quite some time. It does start to get rather spooky but then takes a break and we get to see a lot of research in the library. It is an interesting idea behind the unsettled spirit in the house but watching them tell each other the story didn’t make for riveting cinema. There are some genuinely creepy moments but the pace was rather slow and the scary bits were stuck between a bunch of bits that weren’t. Then there were a bunch of things shaking about and tension starts to build but then the ending left me unsatisfied.