The Phantom of the Opera (1989)




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Movie Info

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.

Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Horror
Directed By: ,
Written By: Duke Sandefur
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 7, 2004


as Eric Destler/Phantom

as Christine

as Barton

as Hawking

as Meg, New York

as Meg, London

as Harrison

as Mott

as Ratcatcher

as Esther

as Attendant

as House Mother

as Maitre D'

as Cardplayer

as Cardplayer

as Workman
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Critic Reviews for The Phantom of the Opera

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (5)

Full Review… | April 4, 2011
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Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
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Full Review… | September 25, 2003
Village Voice
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | May 17, 2015
Cinema Crazed

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.

Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer


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

Super Reviewer

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

Wahida K

Super Reviewer

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