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YMMV / The Changeling

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The 1980 film

  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
    • Did Senator Carmichael know that his father murdered the real son and was trying to cover it up? Or was he simply assuming that John was trying to blackmail him like others had tried to do to him prior? Or was he covering the fact that he was actually adopted and that the Carmichael fortune would be in some serious legal jeopardy if it were ever to be revealed to the public?
    • Carmichael's final scene strongly implies (but doesn't prove) the latter scenario: he may have suspected all along that something shady was involved with his too good to be true adoption and inheritance, but he probably didn't know about the murder.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • The whole reason for the haunting is one: Richard Carmichael drowned his own son in order to replace him and make sure that he will not lose the huge inheritance in case Joseph was known to have died.
    • Captain DeWitt crossed it when he threatened John with false incarceration in a psychiatric asylum and even used his wife's and daughter's deaths to justify his supposed eroding sanity.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Captain DeWitt, played by John Colicos, aka Klingon Commander/Dahar Master Kor, Count Baltar and Apocalypse.