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The Phantom of the Opera (1962)

The Phantom of the Opera





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This Gothic melodrama from Hammer Studios is in color, but the plot is basically the same as the two previous efforts. Instead of Paris, the action takes place at the Royal Opera House in London. The Phantom (Herbert Lom) is a facially disfigured musician/composer who had his opera stolen by a conniving composer, the lecherous Lord d'Arcy. The Phantom -- who lives in the sewer beneath the opera house -- has his dwarf assistant (Ian Wilson) kidnap Christine Charles (Heather Sears), the lead actress in Gough's production, with whom he has fallen in love, and trains her to become an opera singer, performing a work he has written. Meanwhile, Christine's fiance, Harry Hunter (Edward de Souza, researches the phantom's history and, after locating his whereabouts and finding him, decides to unmask the mysterious fellow.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Gaston Leroux, Anthony Hinds, John Elder
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On DVD: Jul 11, 1995


Herbert Lom
as The Phantom
Heather Sears
as Christine Charles
Edward de Souza
as Harry Hunter
Michael Gough
as Lord Ambrose d'Arcy
Miles Malleson
as Philosophical Cabby
Miriam Karlin
as Charwoman
John Harvey
as Vickers
Michael Ripper
as Longfaced Cabby
Patrick Troughton
as Rat Catcher
Geoffrey L'Oise
as Frenchman
Renee Houston
as Mrs. Tucker
Liam Redmond
as Police Insp. Ward (u...
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Critic Reviews for The Phantom of the Opera

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | October 8, 2008
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

the narrative is somewhat flaccid, but the class it brings to the music sequences goes a long way in compensation.

June 15, 2007

Full Review… | September 22, 2005

Audience Reviews for The Phantom of the Opera


This is from the Hammer Horror Collection, this is my first exposure to the Phantom of the Opera, I've never read it or have seen the play or the movie until now and Hammer Films has done an excellent job of putting for a 1962 Horror Film, which I am sure kept many couple out of the back seat at the drive in's. Beyond any doubt a British Release. I can give this no less then 4 1/2 stars.

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

Horrible fruitcake adaptations of the story aside, the tale of The Phantom of the Opera has never done a hell of a lot for me but if there was a version that was going to get me to change my mind the Hammer version would've been the one to do it. As always, Terence Fisher's direction is superb and the actual phantom looks pretty cool. The ending's kind of abrupt, ending just for the sake of ending and you never find out of Petry gets his revenge on D'Arcy. As with most Hammer movies, The Phantom of the Opera is all in the direction, set design and atmosphere, but not much beyond that...

Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer


Solid, horror style retelling of the story.

Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer

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