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Plot, Details & Awards

The Changeling

(2003)
R In Theaters 09/28/2003 , 114min.
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Plot & Details

Peter Medak's The Changeling is among a handful of films, including The Haunting (1963), Ghost Story (1981), and Lady in White (1988), that have successfully recreated the intimate, drawing-room atmosphere of supernatural horror fiction. After his wife and daughter are killed in a snowbound car accident, classical composer John Russell (George C. Scott) relocates from New York to Seattle to teach at his alma mater. Looking for a quiet place to rest and continue writing music, he is referred Claire Norman (Trish Van Devere) at the Seattle Historical Preservation Society. Claire shows John a large, sparsely furnished estate in the outlying countryside. He takes the house, appreciating its remoteness and the solitude it might afford, and diverts himself by renovating and settling in. He even starts to compose, putting aside his older work in favor of a new, sentimental piece for the piano. It is not long, however, before he begins having nightmares about the accident that killed his wife and daughter. Possibly because of this trauma, he is open to communications from the house's ghostly occupants. Pursuing a loud, repetitive pounding noise in an upper room, he stumbles on the apparition of a young boy drowning in a tub. Working together with Claire, John discovers frightening parallels between this vision and buried events from the house's past. Horror writer M.R. James once said that his goal as a writer was to make the reader feel "pleasantly uncomfortable." Those looking for a similar experience in movies will appreciate The Changeling as a gem in the horror genre.

Genie Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1980 Genie Awards Best Supporting Actress Frances Hyland Nominated
1980 Genie Awards Best Sound Karl Scherer Won
1980 Genie Awards Best Sound Dino Pigat Won
1980 Genie Awards Best Picture Won
1980 Genie Awards Best Adapted Screenplay William Gray Won
1980 Genie Awards Best Art Direction Trevor Williams Won
1980 Genie Awards Best Sound Joe Grimaldi Won
1980 Genie Awards Best Sound Austin Grimaldi Won
1980 Genie Awards Best Sound Editing Dennis Drummond Won
1980 Genie Awards Best Adapted Screenplay Diana Maddox Won
1981 Genie Awards Golden Reel Award Joel B. Michaels Won
1980 Genie Awards Best Sound Editing Robert Grieve Won
1980 Genie Awards Best Supporting Actress Helen Burns Nominated
1981 Genie Awards Golden Reel Award Garth H. Drabinsky Won
1980 Genie Awards Best Actor - Foreign George C. Scott Won
1980 Genie Awards Best Cinematography John Coquillon Won
1980 Genie Awards Best Sound Editing Patrick Drummond Won
1980 Genie Awards Best Actress - Foreign Trish VanDevere Won

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