Arriving in select theaters and On Demand later this month, The Changeover looks like the kind of high-concept horror/fantasy certain to appeal to a huge swath of genre fans. The trailer dropped about a month ago, and you can see it at the bottom of the article, below the synopsis.
Today, however, were pleased to share an exclusive clip from The Changeover, embedded at the top of the article. It exudes stranger danger and suggests a vampiric force is seeking access to an innocent child. Will there be blood? Oh yes, there will be!
In post-earthquake Christchurch, teenager Laura Chant (Erana James) cares for her younger brother Jacko (Benji Purchase) while their mum Kate (Melanie Lynskey) is at work. After school one day Laura loses Jacko, only to find him playing in a pop-up shop filled with strange toys. The creepy old shop-owner, Carmody Braque (Timothy Spall) gives Jacko a stamp on his hand and sends them on their way.
But Jacko suddenly begins to get sick and Laura realizes there’s more to Braque, and the stamp, than she had first realized. Fearing that something supernatural is at work and desperate to save her little brother, Laura seeks help from Sorensen Carlisle (Nicholas Galitzine), a prefect at her school to whom she is mysteriously drawn.
Laura discovers that Sorenson is from a family of witches. Sorensen’s mum (Lucy Lawless) reveals the only way Laura can save Jacko is to ‘change over’ and become a witch to defeat the evil ancient spirit Braque.
Based on the young adult novel of the same name by Kiwi author Margaret Mahy, look for The Changeover in select theaters and VOD platforms beginning February 22nd via Vertical Entertainment. The film is directed by Stuart McKenzie and Miranda Harcourt and stars Timothy Spall, Melanie Lynksey, Lucy Lawless, Nicholas Galitzine, Erana James, Kate Harcourt, and Benji Purchase.
What do you think of the trailer, synopsis, and our exclusive clip from The Changeover? Are you familiar with the novel by Margaret Mahy? Are you excited to check out the movie later this month? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!