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The Phantom of the Opera (1989)

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Release Date: Jun 1, 1989 Wide

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Gaston Leroux's classic tale of love and suspense gets a face-lift in this horror story loosely adapted from Leroux's novel. Christine (Jill Schoelen) is a young classical vocalist who, in the midst of performing a recently discovered piece by an obscure composer, is struck on the head by a sandbag and wakes up in London in 1884. Eric Destler (Robert Englund) is a composer who is desperate to succeed -- so much so that he sells his soul to the devil in exchange for writing songs that people will

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Dec 7, 2004

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Englund seems determined to turn the phantom into another sequel-spawning character...

December 9, 2004 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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A really cool horror gem that may not be faithful but is certainly atmospheric

February 27, 2004
New Times

one remake the world is probably better off without

June 16, 2002 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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Audience Reviews for The Phantom of the Opera

Gory slasher interpretation of the story. Overall I liked it. It did pander to a wider audience by beginning and ending in present day. This was also just a bit confusing, and seems to have been done in an attempt to lay the groundwork for some sequels. The makeup was very well realized, and I enjoyed how it allowed the Phantom to go out and about. The kills were gruesome and cruel, and Englund mostly managed to keep his performance away from Krueger territory. A bit of classical literature, mixed with 80's slasher, and some class act British performances, such as a young Nighy, make this a worthwhile watch.
May 23, 2011
kiriyamakazou

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Truthfully this is one of my favorite addaptions of the Book. Note I said "Book" It is perfect, classic, cheesey 80s Horror. Robert Englund is fantasic, although some may say this is basically a Nightmare on Elmstreet with a different title, I thought Englund played the character fantasically. He plays it more like Erik should be in the Book. A bit crazy, very angery and a Super genius. I loved that Bill Nighy was in this as well. A very pleasent surprise. And as for the girl who played Christine...yes she was not the best actress but I wasnt watching the movie for HER. If that was her singing though, she has a very nice voice. All in all if your looking for a gory, sometimes cheesey horror movie, You like Robert Englund, and you would like to see a different more acturate story of the Phantom then I deffinetly think you should check this one out. P.s. It has great music!
September 24, 2010
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Morgan Salem

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Awesome piece! Creepy version of The Phantom of the Opera.
December 7, 2009
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Wahida K

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1989's Robert Englund's "Phantom of the Opera", offers a fresh 80's slasher variation. It's not cheaply done; the movie is stylish and well-directed. Instead of Paris, this movie was set in London. The set design was great: from the underused opera house, the masquerade hall, the grimey streets and pubs of London to the phantom's candlelit sewer layer. It looks extravagant and high-budget; the visual splendour makes it a treat to watch.

Robert Englund shows us he can be much more than Freddy Krueger. His phantom wears a hat and flowing cape, and applies facial patches and makeup to get about in public. He plays a disturbed and mysterious musical composer with a killer tendency. There is enough violence shown to please gore-hounds: guttings, impalements, skinnings and beheadings are on display. They've also included a somewhat supernatural origin to the phantom.

I found it hard to believe lovely Christine (Jill Schoelen) could fall for such a creepy and disturbing character. Her beautiful prescence helps balance out the ugliness and horror of the setting. The movie could've done with more of her lovely singing. Like the phantom, Christine exists in the past and the present. It was interesting how the story took us to modern-day New York for some additional story elements.

Better than Dario Argento's Phantom, but I still love Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical version the most.
July 5, 2009
YosemiteSamFan

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    1. Carlotta: What will I think when I see you?
    2. Eric Destler Phantom: You'll just die.
    – Submitted by Richard L (2 years ago)
    1. Eric Destler Phantom: You love the music, I am the music.
    – Submitted by Richard L (2 years ago)
    1. Eric Destler Phantom: Only love and music are forever.
    – Submitted by Richard L (2 years ago)
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