The Changeover – UK | New Zealand, 2017 – overview

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The Changeover is a 2017 British-New Zealand supernatural fantasy horror film directed by Miranda Harcourt and Stuart McKenzie from a screenplay by the latter, based on Margaret Mahy’s novel. The Firefly Films production stars Melanie Lynskey, Lucy Lawless, Timothy Spall (The Enfield Haunting; Wake Wood; Gothic; et al).


Sixteen year-old Laura Chant lives with her mother and four year-old brother Jacko in a low-rent suburb on the edge of earthquake-scarred 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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Filming locations:

Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand


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One Comment on “The Changeover – UK | New Zealand, 2017 – overview”

  1. As long as it doesn’t have any Harry Potter – type crap in it, it’s good by me. What I dislike is the ‘fantasy’ part of the horror genre…when too many useless wands are flying around and winged fantasy creatures are on rhe loose in films, I start yawning and falling asleep with total boredom.

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