The Changeover

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The Changeover may not bite deep enough for more seasoned horror fans, but it's spooky enough for its younger target demographic.



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Sixteen year-old Laura Chant (Erana James) lives with her mother and four-year-old brother Jacko (Benji Purchase) in a poor new suburb on the edge of a partially demolished Christchurch, New Zealand. Laura is drawn into a supernatural battle with an ancient spirit who attacks Jacko and slowly drains the life out of him as the spirit becomes ever younger. Laura discovers her true identity and the supernatural ability within her, and must harness it to save her brother's life.

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Timothy Spall
as Carmody Braque
Melanie Lynskey
as Kate Chant
Lucy Lawless
as Miryam Carlisle
Nicholas Galitzine
as Sorenson Carlisle
Erana James
as Laura Chant
Kate Harcourt
as Winter Carlisle
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All Critics (30) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (21) | Rotten (9)

  • The Changeover is one of those supernatural thrillers where the rules are both abstract and arbitrary, rendering Laura's internal struggle as dull predestination rather than an act of intention and will.

    Feb 21, 2019 | Full Review…

    Scott Tobias

    Top Critic
  • [A]n astute adaptation, balancing magical arcana with everyday adolescent turmoil.

    Feb 21, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Uniformly solid performances and artful camera/sound work make the film hard to dismiss out of hand, but the script doesn't sell its hokum as effectively as more mainstream supernatural soap operas.

    Feb 21, 2019 | Full Review…
  • In its own modest way, this is a perfect genre film.

    Feb 21, 2019 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • Thanks to fine performances and a narrative that doesn't hang about to admire itself, the movie goes down as easily as a love potion at a coven.

    Feb 21, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The Changeover is refreshingly a young adult adaptation that doesn't have aspirations for a franchise.

    Jul 30, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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