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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.
Stuck flatly between the lush gothic horror of classic Hammer productions and the popular slasher pics of the late 80's, the movie is a starring vehicle for Freddy himself Robert Englund. He sinks his teeth into the role probably elated to NOT be playing Freddy for once and to have such a plum part.
First and foremost, this movie looks great. The sets and production design are top-notch. This is a surprisingly bloody movie taking full advantage of the freedoms of modern gore effects. The Phantom is more a Jack The Ripper figure who skins his victims in order to make skin masks to hide his disfigured face.
On the minus side, theres not much going on beneath the surface…
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…
Stavolta Il fantasma dell'opera (1989) sbraca nella didascalia. Film che scorre anche, ma è afflitto da un gore invecchiato piuttosto male.
Basically, I wasn't really into this film. There are a couple factors the film itself couldn't help, like the fact that I have a huge soft spot for the 2004 version of The Phantom of the Opera and that I feel that the acknowledgement that it's a Freddy look-a-like was cheesy (and blatant sell out of the similarity on certain posters). Really though....deep, deep down I just couldn't get into it.
Yes, it has gore. Yes, I enjoyed the prosthetics for Mr. Phantom and Ms. Day didn't bother me too much. I think this could've used more camp, since they already stretched the original Phantom story by quite a bit already (time travel), so more humor could've saved this for me.
Plodding retelling of Gaston Leroux's novel, is a handsome looking production, but marred by the producer's failure to entertainingly integrate elements of slasher horror into what is a gothic horror story. The casting of Robert Englund (best known for playing Freddy Krueger) plays the Phantom, but is wildly inconsistent.
I didn’t have high hopes for The Phantom of the Opera, but it’s far worse than I expected. This is a terrible movie. Produced by Menahem Golan after Cannon films filed for bankruptcy, it could use some more of Cannon’s trademark ridiculousness – it might not be a better movie, but it’d surely be more entertaining. Instead, it’s an obvious attempt to ride the coattails of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical that tries to have it both ways, attempting a slick, romantic take on the story while still including bloody violence and horror movie moments to appeal to star Robert Englund’s fanbase. But Englund is miscast in the Beauty and the Beast-type love story (I’m referring to the Ron Perlman…
"This is either a wedding march or a funeral mass. You decide which." -- Robert Englund
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