The Phantom of the Opera ★★★★★

Halloween Film-A-Thon 2018: 18

I was mere seconds away from re-watching the Claude Rains version of this classic story until I realised that the 1925 version really is just leaps and bounds better, and perfect for this drizzly evening.

To be honest, I should re-watch the Claude Rains version as it has been a while. But while the feeling's right, follow your heart!

The Chaney classic just has everything. Atmosphere, gorgeous cinematography, iconic imagery and make up. And as much as I love many of the other adaptations, there hasn't really been one that even comes close to this. In not far off 100 years with nothing even remotely grazing the excellence on display here, that's some compliment.

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