It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of slasher films, and here I've tried to compile a list of…
The Phantom of the Opera
Only love and music are forever.
A darker version of the classic Gaston Leroux novel. A young soprano becomes the obsession of a horribly disfigured composer who has plans for those oppose himself or the young singer.
Only love and music are forever.
You have Robert Englund at the peak of Freddy Krueger's popularity having just finished a 5th Nightmare on Elm Street and Freddy's Nightmares going into it's second season paired with director Dwight H. Little who had just brought back Michael Myers to the silver screen with Halloween 4. Sounds like a good idea without even knowing what the film is!
Unfortunately the film in question bombed at the box office with an add campaign that was probably part of the problem. The film does have Robert Englund in arguably similar makeup as Freddy Krueger, but the promotional poster goes overboard in making it look like it's actually Freddy Krueger in the film,…
A delicious slice of late-1980s horror cheese, Dwight H. Little's "The Phantom of the Opera" combines a note of Freddy Krueger, a beat of "Hellraiser," and a measure of Andrew Lloyd Webber to cook up a gripping and completely fun genre romp. Perhaps Golan-Globus' most accomplished film, this take on the long-lived, opera house-stalking phantom is slick, gory, and jolting. With both its contemporary '80s sensibilities and reverence to past phantom productions, "The Phantom of the Opera" is a fully entertaining and respectful remake of a classic horror property.
This updated working of Gaston Leroux's novel follows the recognizable narrative path of young singers and hideous phantoms interacting in the bowels of a European opera house. Adding a contemporary wrap-around…
When I saw this as a boy I loved how arty it seemed...it was set in England too! A novelty indeed.
Watching it as a jaded, miserable old cunt however, makes me realise its artyness and englishness were all fake!!
However...I still enjoyed it a fair bit.
Lots of recognisable English bit part actors...even Englunds accent is bearable! Christine is very pretty and it has some decent gore.
I like the Elm Street knock off cover and the rip off theme tune too. The awful lip synching of the opera bits make me chuckle.
I am also appalled at the 10 year old me thinking this was "arty" after rewatching the "You're Suspended!!" Kill!!
Taking a completely new and terrifying spin on the classic opera tale, this inventive and very creepy movie is a breath of fresh air. Starting off in the hip New York 80s Opera scene, we meet Christine Day, an up and comer who before an audition for a big opera house finds an old book hidden in the archives of a library. Inside the book is the unfinished writing of Eric Destler, a mythological Opera composer and writer whose work was said to be lost. She uses the sheet music at her audition and nails it. However as she sings, a sudden accident on stage causes her to faint. She awakes in 19th century England where she is currently an…
So back when I was but a wee Grooveman I remember the VHS cover art freaking me out. When I saw this at the local town library I had to pop on it. Unfortunately apart from a few amusing kills this is a very lame film and I'm pretty sure even 6 year old Grooveman would of hated it.
Commendably nasty take on the classic gothic love story, which is essentially Freddy goes to the Opera for the most part. Plenty of grisly flayed corpses and some Tim Burton-ish sets are enlivened by an energetic performance from Englund, although it's hardly a step beyond his bread and butter. Ignoring the redundant modern day segments which bookend the film, this was a fun watch.
A darker version of the classic Gaston Leroux novel. A young soprano becomes the obsession of a horribly disfigured composer who has plans for those oppose himself or the young singer. I was actually holding off on watching this because the last time I watched it I was either in 7th or 8th grade and loved it then and didn't want to tarnish that. A grim and bloody take on the book, they definitely play this one as a horror film and Robert Englund does his best not to channel Freddy too much here but to make it it's own character. The make-up probably doesn't help that effect much. Pretty good cast and I liked this take on it still. Definitely not the 'happier' Phantom we got with Andre Lloyd Webber.
This has to be Robert Englund's best performance, even if he looked like a mix of Odo from Star Trek Deep Space Nine and Sean Penn!
Watched the new blu-ray from Scream Factory and it looks great. I had seen this movie once before and I liked it more this time around. Maybe it's just me, but it reminded me of something Roger Corman would have done with Vincent Price. Just had that feel at times. While it doesn't compare to the 1925 original, it's one of the better versions in my opinion.
In the various iterations of the Phantom, I would assume few would be as ridiculous as this one. This isn't a point of criticism, but actually the best way to enjoy this wild ride of a movie.
The story, simple as it were, starts in modern day New York, where Christine Day (anglicized for our convenience) finds the composition for Don Juan Triumphant, a remarkable and long forgotten work that would make a killer audition piece. No more than a few minutes in and blood effects show up in the most unlikely of places. That being said, Christine takes the music to a show hall to audition where she is magically (or not, the plot doesn't care to answer for…
I haven't watched this in several years but I've always liked this version and found I even enjoy it more now. It's more of a slasher film telling of the story but then it made me nostalgic for when it was made so it works for me. Loved revisiting it again on Blu-ray.
Pretty weird and very gory but decent enough while providing a very different take on the story.
Mal was Neues: Robert Englund mit entstellter Fratze. Weitgehend uninspirierter Slasher, hat aber seine Momente.
This movie has one of those posters that I always saw in the video stores when I was a kid, and wanted to rent, but never did. I'm glad I didn't rent it when I was a kid, I don't think I would have appreciated it too much. I really liked everything about this movie, and quite enjoyed it. I was worried that I was going to be thinking about Freddy Krueger the whole time, but Robert Englund's acting was much different. I always forget what a versatile actor he is.
This actually wasn't as dull as I feared. It does overstay its welcome in my opinion, but there's enough over-the-top gore, cheesy dialogue, and good make-up effects to hold my interest for most of the runtime. I just wish it had stronger characters, or at least attempted to have strong characters. Also, I really don't Jill Schoelen. This movie just confirms that she acts the same way in every movie she's in and I'm not a fan of her style.
If you're looking for the best cheesy Phantom take from 1989, look no further than Phantom of the Mall: Eric's Revenge. Quality guaranteed.
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