Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Genre Character of the Week: John Russell

As a Canadian and a Genre fan, I'm always happy to talk about books and movies that show my fellow countrymen (and women) can tell great stories in the Fantasy, Horror and Science Fiction genres.  Today I'm actually going to look at the film that won the first Genie Award (the Canadian Oscars - actually, to be fair, this didn't win the first one, but it did win the first one after the award changed it's name from the Canadian Film Award), Peter Medak's The Changeling, which stared George C. Scott as this week's genre character, John Russell.

In the aftermath of a personal tragedy, John moves into an old mansion in Seattle and attempts to put his life back together.  Unfortunately for John, the house isn't exactly empty.

What I really like about John is the fact that he didn't simply run away screaming as soon as things went strange in the house, instead he worked to understand the how and the why of the situation.

The movie is pretty great, also for those of you who have seen The Conjuring earlier this year, it's pretty obvious that at least two key scenes are heavily influenced by the earlier film.

It's definitely worth a watch.

No comments:

Post a Comment