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The Phantom of the Opera

The Phantom of the Opera (1962)

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Release Date: Jun 25, 1962 Wide

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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

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Drama, Horror

Gaston Leroux, Anthony Hinds

Jul 11, 1995

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

June 15, 2007

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.
February 4, 2011
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Bruce Bruce

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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...
May 31, 2010
mjgildea

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Solid, horror style retelling of the story.
July 3, 2008
threefolddado

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I can't imagine that this is any worse that any other PofO renditions, save of course for the classic, I sure, Brian DePalma's Phantom of the Paradise, and possibly Argento's version. Although it wasn't great, it wasn't bad, and the Phantom did look pretty creepy. Of course you have the regular gentlemanly attitudes of the characters that are in every Hammer Horror, which I find to be so curious that it holds my attention, even if the story is weak. It doesn't hold a candle to any other Hammer's I've seen, yet maybe a dim night light, as it's the same basic idea. Either way the Phantom is pretty cool, yet the end is somewhat anti climactic, although it leaves you with a killer ending shot.
March 28, 2008
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