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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!!
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.
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.
I seen this when it first came out, enjoyed it then, and 25+ years later, I still like it. I think Englund does a great job here, the look is awesome, and the makeup work incredible. Plus, it has one of my favorite scores too.
While I had seen this a few times, it was all when I was younger and even though I enjoyed it, I never loved it. Could never get into the story of Phantom of the Opera. Dont like the old black and white version or any other iteration. This one is definitely my favorite version of the story and I liked it a lot more than I remembered on this viewing of the bluray. Its cheesy but its fun thank to Englund and Jill Schoelen. The gore is also nice and gruesome. Fun times. Thanks to Scream Factory for putting this out there.
I wish that the whole movie was set in the present day. That stuff was much more interesting than going into the period piece that the bulk of the movie was. A modern update would have made a fairly great movie.
"Shockingly, I think this Dwight H. Little remake of 'Phantom of the Opera' is actually pretty good. Nicely scripted, very well cast (with a surprisingly superb - if admittedly over the top at times - Robert Englund in the title role) and featuring layers and textures I embarrassingly didn't anticipate, the movie lives and breathes in its own unique way and, in doing so, becomes something hypnotic and memorable. The gore gets to be a bit much (and doesn't always fit the material), but tension is palpable throughout, the final product in many ways an old school Hammer Films-type production that's as beautiful as it is unsettling. A happy discovery on my part, to say the least."
Long (well, like four years) before I'd really drunk the Phantom kool-aid at age 12 or so, I'd seen this version. I was a fan already of Robert Englund from the Nightmare franchise, so this obviously caught my eye. And yeah, that connection is pretty transparent here: it's really easy to write this off as a gory, messy Freddy of the Opera.
But doing so overlooks the fact that barring some obvious problems, this is a pretty good budget-horror film, with strong production values, good performances (Englund has never been better), and a beautiful score. For a mild Phantom purist like me, it's annoying that the Phantom is once again a burn victim, not deformed from birth; here, his scars…
It's all a dream. Or is it...?
Man who directed some Elm Street directs man that played in all the Elm Streets who in turn wears make up by man who did some Elm Street.
If you can see a pattern forming, that's about where it ends. This is a hundred times less entertaining than the worst of the Nightmare On Elm Street series ever had to offer. It's a turgid, confused mess of a film written by someone high on mescalin trying to remember what happened in The Phantom Of The Paradise starring Lon Chaney Jr. and Winona Ryder.
I'm not usually this damning of a piece of work, but this slab of cynicism is nothing but a studio trying to jump on a wagon that's already finished it's journey, desperate to make a quick buck from the pre-installed fan base and good will that entails.
It's pretty much the dumb half-brother of Coppola's Dracula, but I have a soft spot for this cheesy marriage of gothic romance and gory horror.
And Jill Schoelen is as dreamy as ever.
A joint production of an infamous pair like Menahem Golan and Harry Alan Towers should have produced something more exciting than this confused relic. As a young Freddy fan, I rented this shortly after it hit VHS and remember being underwhelmed. Unfortunately, time has not been kind to this Leroux adaptation starring Robert Englund and the girl from Popcorn. Half a star is for Kevin Yagher's makeup effects during the gruesome bits where Bob's sewing his prosthetics directly onto his gnarly face wounds, as well as taking them off. When he's in "normal face" mode, however, he looks like a plastic replica of Burt Wonderstone's grandmother. There's a modern day wraparound here that's only slightly more impactful than the one…
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