One of the biggest news items last week was the announcement that a remake of The Changeling is in the works at Cornerstone Films. Though often regarded as one of the creepiest haunted house movies ever committed to celluloid, many younger genre fans have never experienced director Peter Medak’s unnerving masterpiece. Still, many may be more familiar with the story than they think.
The video below, presented by YouTube’s Master of the Macabre makes a stunning argument that Gore Verbinski’s The Ring, released in 2002, has so many similarities to The Changeling it could almost qualify as an unofficial reimagining or a tribute film. Though based on the Japanese film Ringu (itself inspired by the Japanese novel by Koji Suzuki), he aptly illustrates how Verbinski’s film mirrors many key elements of The Changeling.
Give it a spin and let us know what you think in the Comments section! After the video, you can peep the original trailers and synopses for both The Changeling and The Ring. Enjoy!
Official Synopsis: Composer John Russell (George C. Scott) is vacationing with his family when a car accident kills his wife and daughter. Distraught with grief, Russell leaves his home in New York City for a giant, secluded house near Seattle. Soon Russell starts to feel the presence of a ghost, a boy who drowned in the bathtub there. Russell seeks the assistance of Claire Norman (Trish Van Devere), who led him to the house initially, in uncovering the secrets of the boy’s death.
Official Synopsis: It sounds like just another urban legend — a videotape filled with nightmarish images leads to a phone call foretelling the viewer’s death in exactly seven days. Newspaper reporter Rachel Keller (Naomi Watts) is skeptical of the story until four teenagers all die mysteriously exactly one week after watching just such a tape. Allowing her investigative curiosity to get the better of her, Rachel tracks down the video and watches it. Now she has just seven days to unravel the mystery.