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.
This is the slasher version of The Phantom. It deviates from the book in several ways, in names, in locations and in story details. There is a somewhat confusing frame story that is set in present day New York, but the main story is set in London rather than in Paris. As for the mask, it seems to be a mix of inspirations from Texas Chainsaw Massacre and House of Wax (1953). Disappointingly missing from the story is the falling chandelier. Apparently the producer couldn't afford it.
Robert Englund is good as the Phantom, but a little too creepy for my taste. Jill Schoelen as Christine is nice to look at, but not very memorable.
To me, this looks more…
A criminally forgotten film. Gothic, gross, subversive, beautiful, and weird. I personally would say this is my favorite version of the story.
The best thing about this interpretation of The Phantom of the Opera is Robert Englund and his sick portrayal of the Phantom, as well as the fantastic practical makeup effects. Unfortunately, it lacks in most other areas.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Kind of a ridiculous (and now very dated) retelling of the classic story that bears little resemblance to the source material. One gets the impression the writer just watched the Lloyd-Webber musical and penned a typically 80s supernatural slasher around it but it's still kind of fun, there are some crazy gore FX (including the ol' head in a punchbowl classic gag) and Englund is good value. The scenes set in the present day are the most gleefully deranged and it's a shame they didn't have the balls to play it all modern stylee (the computer loading the "Don Juan Triumphant Run Sequence" is a hint at what we could've won) but it's still a perfectly watchable time-waster.
This is probably my second favourite Phantom adaptation, after the Universal one. Forget the tragically romantic Webber version, give me a brutal Phantom and a Christine burning with talent and ambition who's not afraid to step on some toes to get what she wants.
This doesn't quite deliver, but Englund's Erik is sadistic, cruel, and extremely violent, and Christine, well, ripping off his skin mask and running off with his manuscript won her some points in my book.
The weird Faustian bargain/time-travelling thread doesn't really come off, and there's some real silliness to this movie, but it's spirited and, despite being cheap by 80s standards, actually looks pretty awesome to tired modern eyes.
No matter how much I like Englund, he just doesn't have the gravitas to hold this movie together. And at the center of this you need someone more like his idols to do this. There are some nice bits of art direction here but the camerawork is very blah. The story throws a lot of extra stuff into the mix which never adds to much. A Phantom movie with a bit of Faust and Jack The Ripper in it sounds great but this isn't it. For that concoction to work, it would require some more perverse that what is here. It plays it safe when it should be way more nuts. Not like Argento's infamous stab at this material, though. This mesh of elements does not seem to be easy to pull off. More for fans Robert Englund than anyone else.
- Black Christmas
- The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
- The Burning
- Cannibal Holocaust
- The Fog
- Humanoids from the Deep
- Friday the 13th
More than 1000 movies of pure 80's horror.
- StageFright: Aquarius
- Midnight Movie
Horror films that take place in a movie or stage theater or have memorable theater scenes (also including drive-in theaters).…