It may not be Halloween yet, but on the latest episode of The Playlist Podcast, we are certainly tailgating for October. Hey, who am I kidding? I tailgate for Halloween all-year-round. The fall beers are the best, the weather is cooler, and, obviously, horror movies!
I’m joined by Playlist Editor-in-Chief Rodrigo Perez to discuss Severin Films‘ recent Blu-ray restoration of Peter Medak‘s great unsung haunted house film, “The Changeling.” “For those unfamiliar with the film, “The Changeling” is about a composer and music teacher (George C. Scott) who moves from New York to Seattle after a terrible family tragedy. He’s put up in a secluded historical mansion, where he starts to see and hear strange occurrences that drive him to obsession to discover what the spirits are after.
Admittedly, neither of us had seen the film until recording this episode (and we discuss how it landed on both of our radars when Martin Scorsese named it one of the greatest horror films of all time), and we were both taken aback by its expert craftsmanship, haunting atmosphere, strong performances (notably Scott in the leading role), and patient pacing. We don’t mean to get too hyperbolic, but we bring up comparisons to “The Shining” and Nicolas Roeg‘s “Don’t Look Now,” and neither comparison is unfounded. Severin’s Blu-ray of “The Changeling” is available now, and you can find it on their website, or wherever you purchase your boutique Blu-ray’s. If you cannot tell by the description, we highly recommend you seek this title out, whether it’s before or after you listen to our episode (preferably before).
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