The Phantom of the Opera

The Phantom of the Opera ★★★★

This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

This review may contain spoilers.

“His eyes are ghastly beads in which there is no light - like holes in a grinning skull! His face is like leprous parchment, yellow skin strung tight over protruding bones! His nose - there is no nose!”

The Phantom Of The Opera is a 1925 silent horror film directed by Rupert Julian and is an adaptation of Gaston Leroux's 1910 novel Le Fantôme de l'Opéra.  It stars Lon Chaney in the title role of the deformed Phantom who haunts the Paris Opera House, causing murder and mayhem in an attempt to make the woman he loves a star. 

One of the earliest horror film adaptations, The Phantom Of The Opera is an intensely creepy film which mostly holds up almost a hundred years later.

Leading the film is an excellent performance from Lon Chaney (who’s son would later play one of my favourite horror characters ever in The Wolf Man), and his iconic skeletal makeup (devised by Chaney himself) still manages to be effectively creepy.

Whilst the other performances aren’t nearly as interesting and the film does peter out by its end, The Phantom Of The Opera is a classic worthy of its fame and is still great almost a century later.

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