The Changeling

The Changeling

Canada | 1980 | 107 minutes | Peter Medak

Set in Seattle and based on true events, one of cinema's most acclaimed ghost stories returns in a new 4K restoration. Legendary actor George C. Scott stars as a composer who finds himself in a secluded Victorian mansion where he receives nightly messages from a childish paranormal entity who chillingly reveals the house's disturbing history.

"A genuinely chilling haunted house movie that's equal parts horror and detective mystery, The Changeling is nothing if not riveting, taking its time to invest you in the story and the unnerving atmosphere of the house." John Squires - Bloody Disgusting

In the canon of haunted house classics, only gothic horror chiller The Changeling, whose story is based on reports of paranormal events experienced at Denver's Henry Treat Rogers mansion, has made it to the best-of lists of both Stephen King and Martin Scorsese. The incomparable George C. Scott stars as classical composer John Russell, who is still grieving the tragic death of his family when he relocates to Seattle for a teaching position at the University of Washington. Searching to rent a quiet home where he can focus on his work, a representative of the Seattle Historical Preservation Society (Trish Van Devere, Scott's real-life wife) recommends a palatial Victorian mansion that's been left vacant for the past decade. Soon after moving in, John begins hearing strange noises and experiencing unsettling visions, leading him on a mission to uncover the buried secrets from the house's past. Academy Award®-nominated director Peter Medak (The Ruling Class) utilizes sweeping camera movements and superbly orchestrated set pieces, including a famously hair-raising séance, to create moments of slowly building dread. While primarily filmed in Vancouver, Seattle itself is well represented through several key scenes set at Rainier Tower, Lake View Cemetery, and the UW Campus, all shown in their late-'70s glory and looking better than ever in this dazzling new 4K restoration.

Director Biography
In 1956, Peter Medak fled his birthplace of Budapest, Hungary to the United Kingdom as a result of the Hungarian Revolution. There, he began his career in filmmaking as an assistant. Later in 1967, he was signed to Paramount Pictures for feature film production after a four-year stint in television with MCA Universal Pictures. Making many connections within the industry, he has now been directing for over half of a century.

Sponsored by Canadian Studies Center at UW, Consulate General of Canada

  • Director: Peter Medak
  • Principal Cast: George C. Scott, Trish Van Devere, Melvyn Douglas, John Colicos, Jean Marsh, Helen Burns, Madeleine Sherwood
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: Canada
  • Year: 1980
  • Running Time: 107 minutes
  • Producer: Joel B. Michaels, Garth H. Drabinsky
  • Screenplay: Russell Hunter, William Gray, Diana Maddox
  • Cinematographers: John Coquillon
  • Editors: Lilla Pedersen
  • Music: Rick Wilkins
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Let Him Have It (1991); The Krays (1990); The Ruling Class (1972)
  • Language: English
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: American Genre Film Archive
  • International Sales: Arrow Films