THE CHANGELING (1980) – Episode 225 – Decades of Horror 1980s

“That house is not fit to live in. No one’s been able to live in it. It doesn’t want people.” That sounds like a challenge. Join your faithful Grue-Crew – Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, Crystal Cleveland, and Jeff Mohr – as they discuss The Changeling (1980), the ghost story held in high regard by no less than Martin Scorsese (who named it one of the scariest movies of all time) and Guillermo del Toro.

Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 225 – The Changeling (1980)

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After the death of his wife and daughter in a car crash, a music professor staying at a long-vacant Seattle mansion is dragged into a decades-old mystery by an inexplicable presence in the mansion’s attic.

The Grue-Crew settle in to tackle a slick, confident – and criminally overlooked – haunted house feature from 1980, The Changeling. The film earns its respect as a classic film and its place as a cult favorite capturing the very first Genie Award for Best Canadian Film from the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. The film’s stars, George C. Scott and Trish Van Devere claim Best Foreign Actor and Best Foreign Actress respectively as The Changeling sweeps five additional awards during the inaugural presentation. Yet, many are unaware of the film and its influence on horror movies and Canadian film. In this episode, the Grue-Crew share their opinions and appreciation for Peter Medak’s best work. 

Every two weeks, Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1980s podcast will cover another horror film from the 1980s. The next episode’s film, chosen by Bill, will be The Company of Wolves (1984), directed by Neil Jordan and starring Sarah Patterson, Angela Lansbury, and David Warner. 

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Jeff Mohr
Jeff lives smack dab in the middle of the cornfields of Iowa and is a long-time horror fan. His first remembered encounters with the genre were The Wizard of Oz, Tarzan gorilla chases, and watching the first broadcast of The Twilight Zone episode, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge." While he now qualifies as an old fart, he strives to be an Old Boy. Paraphrasing Robert Bloch, he has the heart of a small boy. He keeps it in a jar on his desk.

Jeff has written for Horrornews.net and SQ Horror Magazine. He currently writes for Gruesome Magazine and is a co-host of the Decades of Horror podcasts - The Classic Era, 1970s, and 1980s - and the Gruesome Magazine Podcast.