Peter Medak’s “The Changeling” Screening this Halloween at The Dryden Theatre


As many of you already know, I hold this classic noir – like ghost story from the 80’s in very high regard. Those living in Rochester and the surrounding area, who are fans of the genre and appreciate a masterfully done spookfest in the tradition of Robert Wise’s “The Haunting,” should not miss this big screen presentation at the George Eastman House.

Hope to see you there!

– Vic De Leon

Showtime is 8pm, October 31st. at The Dryden Theatre:

900 East Avenue

Rochester, New York 14607

The Changeling”

(Peter Medak, Canada 1980, 107 min., 35mm)


Halloween! Reputedly, ghosts have reasons for staying in the earthly realm: they want to finish an uncompleted task, or they want to impart information to someone. And there is the possibility that a ghost may want a bit of revenge for having been hard done by when they were alive. Peter Medak’s The Changeling is a ghost story that deftly combines all three.

George C. Scott is a man mourning a terrible loss who happens to rent a lovely, cavernous mansion while he picks up the threads of his life. Unfortunately, his grief draws the troubled spirit of a little boy long dead, and Scott is compelled to try to fulfill his last wish. “The Changeling” will be preceded by Rodrigo Blaas’ animated short “Alma,” which puts a macabre twist on getting what we wish for.


  1. What a great ghost tale for Halloween, Vic. Wish I could go. About three years ago I attended an American Cinematheque screening of ‘The Changeling’ with director Medak there for a discussion. Have a great time! 🙂

    • Very cool, Michael! Wish I could have been there. I am very excited to watch this one on the big screen again. Thanks for swinging by!

  2. One of my all-time favorites. I always enjoy suggesting this to people looking for a good scare and hearing them come back (after inevitably telling me they’ve never heard of it) to say how much they enjoyed it. Glad to see you highlight it!

    • The screening was a blast. We had a full house and of course, The Changeling never disappoints. I am still surprised by how overlooked this movie is. It is the proverbial best kept secret of some type.

      Those who have never seen it are always so impressed with it after they watch it.

      Thanks for stopping by, Paul!

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