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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!!
Halloween Horror 2016 No.3
Look at that cover art, do you think they were trying to cash in on something else's success?
Robert Englund was probably sick of wearing his Freddy Krueger makeup so changed tack to play a fantastical scarred horror legend instead!
Made by Golan after Cannon died, this actually feels bigger budgeted than his previous stuff with Globus.
I struggled to get into it until the last half hour, so it was saved from one star hell!
People will love you for your music. But that is all that they will love you for.
They sell it as Freddy Krueger does the opera and it's pretty damn close to being just that in a good way.
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…
An adaptation caught betwixt, not classy or trashy enough to have a discernible identity. A film that could only be made in 1989, as it attempts to meld slasher gore and period drama trappings in a thoroughly dysfunctional fashion. The kind of movie that Hammer would probably produce if they had survived into the 80's. These clashing aesthetics do charm me somewhat, but there are two elements which nearly kill the movie. The intensely unnecessary framing device (though we do get to see young Molly Shannon because of it) and the absurd sound design, which provides The Phantom with a Shaw Brothers-esque grace, are infuriating and silly. What makes the film slightly work are the performances. Jill Schoelen…
One original and its remake (the remake).
Phenomenal make-up and effects but nevertheless, this is a weird, stilted movie. I didn't hate it though??? I watched way worse this Hooptober.
I put it on thinking I hadn't seen it and I need some Jill. Then came here to find out I had given it two stars which means I've seen it since Letterboxd's inception. I'm taking away half a star.
That star and a half is purely for Jill Shoelen who is always wonderful but trapped in this atrocity.
It's 2 stars, but man I enjoyed watching this cheesy concoction of halfway ideas. It's competent direction and schlocky writing. How can you not forgive it?
Great, original adaptation of Phantom, this time with an artsy aesthetic and a whole lot of gory slasher murders.
Rewatching so soon after Edge of Sanity, I see 1989 was quite a year for iconic horror performances of classic movie madmen. Except compared to the well acted Perkins film, this actually has smooth pacing and uses its budget to the fullest extent. The very ending is cheesy as hell, but I classify this in the good pile of Phantom films. It's probably the darkest one. Englund benefits Schoelen, who struggles in some scenes (but I still liked her overall, as always), with his obsessive traits. Those spots where she's not quite selling Christine are minimized thanks to his responses that…
This has always been a film I should enjoy. It's the 1980's. It's gory. It's a classic horror tale. Other than a fantastic opening sequence in NYC discovering Erik's music and setting up the film nicely, this film is atrocious! Really bad. It doesn't feel like the makers knew what they were making. It feels all so... lacking in punch. It has no emotional impact, the acting is half arsed from everybody involved, and the writing is just... no.
The film packs zero punch for me. Even as a kid, I just couldn't get invested. I was hoping I could get some fun out of it this time around, but no. Just no.
A surprisingly enjoyable rendition of the classic tale starring Robert Englund as the Phantom. The film that ended Menahem Golan's career.
Classic 80's style cinematography
The visual effects
Represents the source text well
The ending goes off the rails in a good way
Boring at times
Some hammy acting
Made Menahem Golan stop making films
The brevity of the framing device
Nobody considers this the definitive take on the Phantom, a slasher-y movie that promoted itself *very* heavily on a mangled-face Phantom bearing a passing resemblance to Freddy Krueger. It came out at the height of Phantom-mania, which wikipedia says is the most moneymaking entertainment in all of history, so fuck you Star Wars, fuck you Thriller, fuck you Grand Theft Auto. Goddamn, that musical was a big deal. A disappointing-to-most film adaptation of the musical would come a decade and a half later, but this is the one that struck while the iron was hot.
This movie was never really a big deal, but it was a nicely contemporary (*very* contemporary) take on the material, from a director whose other…
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