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Il Fantasma dell'Opera (The Phantom of the Opera)

Il Fantasma dell'Opera (The Phantom of the Opera) (1998)


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Release Date: Nov 20, 1998 Wide



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In keeping with the his cult reputation, Italian filmmaker Dario Argento's take on Gaston Leroux's enduring Gothic tale of terror and obsession features plenty of sex and graphic, high-tech gore (although hard-core Argento purists may find the splatter scenes rather sparse). Unlike other renditions of the illustrious Phantom, Argento's version suffers no facial disfigurement and therefore remains unmasked. His creepiness, shown in the early parts of the story, comes from having been abandoned as

Nov 30, 1999

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June 28, 2005
Juicy Cerebellum

Missing is one decent scare and, worst of all, the passion that this classic gothic romance is known for.

January 12, 2004 Full Review Source:

Argento's lowest moment.

December 4, 2001 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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Audience Reviews for Il Fantasma dell'Opera (The Phantom of the Opera)

Very much Argento's own vision of the Phantom of the Opera tale... it's bizarre and completely different to any other version of the story. Suffers from poor acting, no atmosphere or sense of terror, but it does have a surprising amount of gore, probably Argento's goriest after Mother of Tears. Strange and odd, but not completely terrible.
January 9, 2011
Lee ?

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This does not even diserve 1 star...this was the MOST REDICULOUS AND HORRIBLY (sp) version on this classic I have EVER SEEN! #1 The phantom is not even disfigured!!!!! unless you count his nasty hair. #2 Christine makes no sense in this movie. yes she is in love with both of them but she dosent even LIKE raoul until the last 5 minutes of the movie and then in the last 2 minutes she screams MY LOVE MY LOVE!!! as they are rowing away from the phantom. AVOID THIS MOVIE WITH YOUR LIFE!!! and #3 the rats???? WTF? Just stay away from this one...forget about it. Forget that you even heard or read anything about this version.
September 12, 2010
Morgan Salem

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A cool, weird and gorey version of Phantom of the Opera by Dario Argento, the mystery horror maestro from Italy. Contrary to the DVD cover, the Phantom doesn't wear a mask, and is played by the long-haired awesome actor Julian Sands. Dario's daughter Asia Argento plays the Phantom's love Christine. The opera music is brief, and you can tell that Asia is lip-synching to it. The deaths are imaginative and gorey; I wished the bodycount was slightly higher. I like the cool trailer using The Smith's "How Soon Is Now" - too bad they didn't use that tune in the actual movie. Why the love for rats?
May 25, 2010

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I've read some terrible reviews of this, but on watching it I was pleasantly surprised. It has rather high production values, but it is certainly melodramatic and rather nonsensical. If you can stomach that, it has something for almost everyone; fans of gory death scenes, fans of nudity (particularly fans of Asia Argento's breasts), fans of unintentional comedy screaming, BBW fans, fans of poets having an argument in a pool, rat fetishists...
Everyone except Leroux purists, who are not going to be happy with all the liberties taken with the original story - the phantom isn't even physically deformed.

Verdict: Julian Sands with long hair, butt naked = yum. Two large, beautiful women = yum (even if one of them does get called a fat cow twice...). Two poets having a fight = hilarious. Fans of classic horror stay away. One for my collection.
February 7, 2009

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