Nothing starts off a movie better than tragedy. After his wife and daughter get annihilated by a car collision(while he watches from a phone booth), Jon Russell relocates to Seattle, Washington to teach music at his alma mater. He is offered a large historical house to stay in by a friend(that conveniently belongs to a local preservation society).
Spirits just won't leave Mr. Russell alone and not unlike the Amityville Horror, this is based on an alleged true story. With the help of a medium, in an amazingly creepy seance, he is able to unlock the riddle of the haunting. Seventy years earlier, a politically powerful man had drowned his crippled son to swap him with a healthier young heir (taken from an orphanage).
This film features some great wide-angle shots of the bewitching abode. George C. Scott(Patton, Firestarter) is marvelous as an unexpected supernatural sleuth. The soundtrack is eerily enjoyable and the resolution is fulfilling.
This is a great Peter Medak film (up there with Romeo is Bleeding) and one of the finest haunted house movies ever. Definitely better than his atrocious Masters of Horror "Washingtonians"(2007) and Species II(1998).