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not documentries but your normal supernatural/horror films
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This is it. This is the best ghost story I’ve seen filmed in color. GHOST STORY (1982) has nothing on Peter Medak’s THE CHANGELING. THE OTHERS runs a very close second. George C. Scott once again proves why he’s one of the world’s finest actors. His performance in this film is what holds the intricate plot together. It is also, unfortunately, yet another terrific horror film that is being remade – by the original director no less! (Also on the roster are, unbelievably: SUSPIRIA, BLACK CHRISTMAS, CHILDREN SHOULDN’T PLAY WITH DEAD THINGS, DON’T LOOK NOW, just to name a few).
After losing his wife and daughter in an auto accident that looks like anything but, John Russell, a New York City composer and music teacher, moves into an immense house in Washington State that would make anyone with blood in their veins !@#$ their pants. The corridors seem to go on forever. After frequently being awakened to the sound of rhythmic banging noises every morning, Russell begins to discover slight clues that eventually lead him to a deliberately concealed room which obviously housed a child at one time. There are artifacts that appear innocuous at first but upon closer examination they reveal the remnants of an awful secret.
What follows are a series of truly scary sequences, including a séance, the apparition of a small boy residing in a well beneath a young girl’s floor, a child’s wheelchair, and perhaps the scariest rubber ball ever filmed. To divulge any more of the carefully and slowly constructed plot would ruin a truly creepy film experience. Medak uses the set of this house to maximum effect as the camera drifts or zooms from one room to another. The effect of non-diegetic music (the film’s score) overlapping diegetic music (the old music box spewing forth the exact tune that Russell contests he originally wrote) is goosebump-inducing.
By today’s standards, this film seems slow, pedantic, and boring, but give it a chance. I’m personally not a fan of the quick digital editing that has been hitting audiences over the heads since computers gave Hollywood movieolas and Steenbacks the pink slip. This film takes its time.
(i like this alot,a good old fashioned spookfest)
Last edited by MaTTsWoRld, Sep/10/2007, 4:40 pm
you smile because iam different,i laugh because your all the same
Sep/10/2007, 4:40 pm
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