The Phantom of the Opera (1989)




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This is the fourth screen incarnation of Gaston Leroux's classic tragic figure. Unlike other versions, this new version is quite graphic and gory as it chronicle's the deformed phantom composer's obsessive love for a beautiful and talented young opera singer.
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Robert Englund
as Eric Destler/Phantom
Jill Schoelen
as Christine
Bill Nighy
as Barton
Terence Harvey
as Hawking
Nathan Lewis
as Davies
Molly Shannon
as Meg, New York
Emma Rawson
as Meg, London
Peter Clapham
as Harrison
Mark Ryan
as Mott
Yehuda Efroni
as Ratcatcher
Ray Jewers
as Kline
Robin Hunter
as Roland
Cathy Murphy
as Esther
John Ghavan
as Dwarf
Laszlo Baranyi
as Attendant
Ottilia Borbath
as House Mother
Lajos Dobák
as Maitre D'
Mickey Epps
as Cardplayer
Laszlo Szili
as Cardplayer
Patrick Burke
as Workman
Tommy Wright
as Workman
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Critic Reviews for The Phantom of the Opera

All Critics (13)

Doing a period piece on an '80s slasher budget was a doomed idea.

Full Review… | June 5, 2016
Antagony & Ecstasy

Focusing more on the horror contained within Leroux's original story, this version is a wickedly ghastly and blood-soaked tale of obsession that allows Robert Englund the room to do what he does best as a performer- go nuts.

Full Review… | January 6, 2016
Daily Dead

The big climax intended as a surprise reveal is just drawn out and lackluster.

Full Review… | May 17, 2015
Cinema Crazed

Englund brings none of the pathos that charged the iconic performances by Lon Chaney (1925 version) and Claude Rains (1943 version), and the result is a dreary rendering of a story we know all too well.

Full Review… | March 4, 2015
Creative Loafing

A worthwhile curiosity, one that has understandably achieved cult status in the decades since its release.

Full Review… | January 28, 2015

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

Full Review… | December 8, 2004
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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.

Luke Baldock
Luke Baldock

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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!

Morgan Salem
Morgan Salem

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Awesome piece! Creepy version of The Phantom of the Opera.

Wahida K
Wahida K

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