Phantom of the Paradise ★★★★

I completely understand where the cult following for Brian De Palma's Phantom of the Paradise comes from now, this film is so fucking cool. How De Palma managed to combine The Phantom of the Opera, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's Faust, Frankenstein, The Cask of Amontillado, and The Picture of Dorian Gray into the amalgamation that is this bizarre, phantasmagorical, and otherworldly musical descent into insanity is absolutely beyond me. But despite how outlandish this film is, despite how it batshit insane it sounds, it works soo well. The costume design is nothing short of brilliant, the score by (and performance) by Paul Williams is perfect, the editing is great, and the writing is just the right amount of campy. But perhaps the best thing about this film is the titular Phantom, played beautifully by William Finley, whom without a doubt has landed a spot onto the list of my favorite film characters. What a gem, I loved this immensely.

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