SCARECROW ON SEATTLE
In appreciation and recognition of Seattle's long and illustrious film history, we are proud to partner with Scarecrow Video to bring you weekly reviews of historical Seattle films. Each week we will showcase a new movie, with special emphasis on how these films show Seattle's most filmable locations.
The Changeling (1980)
Seattle has always struck me a great place for a horror film. We've got creepy underground tunnels, shadowy Victorian mansions, dark forests, frightening native legends, and even a haunted fish market! Over the years a few really exciting horror films (and a couple not-so exciting ones) have been shot here. My favorite is The Changeling, starring George C. Scott as a recently widowed composer who purchases a Seattle area mansion in hopes of putting his past behind him. The mansion, with its darkened hallways and large empty rooms becomes a sort of metaphor for the character's life, and like himself, it too is haunted. What makes this movie work is its subtlety. It is a big movie, with a big star - and yet is filmed with a sense of intimacy. We feel badly for Scott because he isn't the typical horror movie victim. He is a strong, intelligent, man with a very human fragility, and a strong faith which is sorely tested. Truly one of the great overlooked horror films of the 1980's.