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The Phantom of the Opera Reviews

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January 28, 2017
Full of gore and Gothic atmosphere, this slasher style remake is a fun albeit flawed product that blends 80's horror with period drama.
½ December 9, 2016
Bloody bore made to cash in on the success of the Broadway musical.
November 16, 2015
An intriguing and often sumptuous attempt to 80s-ize Leroux's classic tale that relies a little too much on the splatter-effects rather than story. Robert Englund makes an excellent Phantom, though his actions and features are clearly modeled a little too closely after... "the other character he plays." It's also fun to catch young Molly Shannon and Bill Nighy in brief appearances. Bonus points for Micha Segal's genre-transcending score.
½ April 25, 2015
Not your typical "Phantom" adaptation. But also not a very good one either. This one feels like it was made simply to capitalize on Robert Englund's "Nightmare on Elm Street" fame, and although he does his best, he can't conjure up nearly as much soul or fear as Lon Chaney or even the many great actors who have taken on the title role in Andrew Lloyd-Webber's classic musical. Bloody and flatly written, but it is also guilty of not being true to its source material. Englund can cross this one off his resume and stick with Freddy Krueger.
½ March 7, 2015
Phantom of the Opera: The Motion Picture (the full title as it was released in 1989) changed the formula of the usual incarnation of the classic Gaston Leroux novel, coming off more strongly as a horror film than even perhaps its creators intended it to be. More of a slasher than a story about a tragic figure, this version offered up a new spin on an old favorite, but also gave Dwight H. Little, hot off of the success of Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, the chance to do something different with the tale during the time that the title went into the public domain. It also gave Robert Englund the chance to play a different character other than Freddy Krueger, a role he had inhabited for five films and a TV series up to that point. Unfortunately, the film's marketing campaign was hung on the fact that "Freddy" was in it, which was a smart move in some ways and a terrible move in others. Today, the film is seen as another in a long line of independent Golan/Globus productions that did poorly, but to horror fans, they see a terrific slasher movie with great atmosphere and some good performances. Personally, I felt the film was weak, but I did appreciate the work that went into it, particularly the make-up effects and the cinematography. I believe that the filmmakers were doing something a bit ambitious, and were failed by the people who marketed the film. It's true that The Phantom of the Opera isn't a story that's known as something overtly horrific, but billing the movie as a "new nightmare" perhaps wasn't the best way to go.
February 23, 2015
This must have seemed like a no-brainer, cast Robert Englund (Freddie from the Nightmare on Elm Street series) as the Phantom in a screen adaptation of Gaston Leroux's classic novel that co-in-sided with the successful Andrew Lloyd Webber musical which was a smash success. Englund is a good actor and skilled in this particular genre but he cannot quite capture the spirit of this character. Is he a melodramatic villain, a tragic hero, or a wise-cracking refugee from a "Rubber Reality" horror film who cannot resist dispatching his victims without a corny one-liner? It didn't help that the Elm Street series had become stale by 1989 and the spawn of Freddie could be found in theaters and video stores everywhere. The year this film was released, Jack Nicholson played a classic disfigured maniac (the Joker) in Tim Burton's Batman and the year later Liam Neeson played a tragic disfigured hero in Darkman. Also, the film is set in Victorian London and not Paris for some reason. Its worth a look for some of the sets are stunningly creepy and the Phantom is a figure of menace when he isn't uttering one-liners. Also the cast is very good with a lot of familiar faces from genre cinema and an early appearance by SNL's Molly Shannon and the great Bill Nighy, who would have made a better choice to play the Phantom than Englund.
Super Reviewer
November 28, 2014
While it definitely puts the horror back into The Phantom of the Opera, this adaption is a betrayal of Gaston Leroux's original novel. Played by Robert Englund, the Phantom is turned into a serial killer who's made a Faustian deal to make his music immoral. But what's worse is that he's taken out of the opera house; without which he's just a generic monster. And, Jill Schoelen doesn't convey the innocence and romanticism of Christine. The directing is also a problem, as it focuses more on the gore than the character story. Though it claims to be Gaston Leroux's The Phantom of the Opera, this is film has little interests in being a romantic tragedy.
½ October 13, 2014
This was surprisingly enjoyable. Rather faithful retelling of the story (along with a fun flashback thing) and some really disturbing practical special FX. England is as charismatic as you'd expect him to be. The "twist" ending was predictable, but didn't subtract much from the film as a whole. It's very 80's and I'm totally OK with that. Sing for me Christine.
September 27, 2014
I won't watch a movie that has a lot to do with anyone selling their soul to the devil. The Phantom of the Opera should never be adapted into a rated R horror-fest. It's fine the Lloyd Webber way.
September 27, 2014
I won't watch a movie that has a lot to do with anyone selling their soul to the devil. The Phantom of the Opera should never be adapted into a rated R horror-fest. It's fine the Lloyd Webber way.
July 30, 2014
Robert Englund is my phantom!
½ July 27, 2014
one creepy version of phantom of the opera
July 15, 2014
This phantom no sings...just kill.
February 15, 2014
Plodding retelling of Gaston Leroux's novel, is a handsome looking production, but marred by the producer's failure to entertainingly integrate elements of slasher horror into what is a gothic horror story. The casting of Robert Englund (best known for playing Freddy Krueger) plays the Phantom, but is wildly inconsistent.
August 7, 2013
This movie is the phantom taken to its most psychotic level. The always creepy Robert Englund plays the title roll here, ans man he is scary! No mask in this one, instead he has pieces of skin sewn all over the deformity of his face. His performance was campy in some ways, but overall genuinely disturbing. His face when it is revealed, is one of the most hideous, sticky and disgusting things I have ever seen. The movie pretty much sticks to the premise in the Gaston Leroux novel, but is very condensed and way more demonic and violent. Basically, the phantom sold his soul to the devil for his music to be loved forever. He is by all accounts immortal. Christine sees the story as her past life after a prop falls on her head during an audition. The Phantom becomes sickly obsessed with Christine and murders people in her name , skinning them alive and ripping their heads off. Christine can see that he is insane and totally off his rocker. She has no romantic feelings towards him at all, only terror. The phantom gets it on with a prostitute in this one, telling her " your name tonight is Christine" Yeah baby! The film is atmospheric, the story is kind of thin and weak, but first and foremost this is a horror film and does not try to be anything less. In summery, if you want to see an absolutely
bats-crazy phantom with a perverted glee and a raving blood lust with a sick sexual obsession for a pretty but rather one dimensional girl, than this is the movie for you! Bloody good entertainment!
½ May 31, 2013
still has not seen it but very interested to
May 4, 2013
This show was awsome, emmy and gerard rocked.
½ March 6, 2013
'The Phantom of the Opera' (1989) is a 1980's horror film adaptation of the Gaston Leroux novel. The film stars Robert Englund from the 'Nightmare on Elm Street' film series. When I originally heard about this film, I was expecting another 1980's mindless slasher film that cared nothing for its plot. I was greatly enjoyed to find that this was not the case. I thought Robert Englund was superb as Erik Destler. Robert Englund's Erik is a gentleman that is menacing but charming. I enjoyed Robert Englund's performance nearly as much as Lon Chaney's performance as Erik. The dialogue that Erik has is very well-written with some great lines from Erik. The sets and atmosphere are absolutely gorgeous to look at. The film's music is wonderful as well. Erik's Don Juan Triumphant is an absolutely beautiful music score. There are only a few problems with the movie. Most of these problems have to do with part of the plot that takes place in 1980's New York. This plot with Christine's ties to a past life make little sense. Besides these problems, this is a rare great horror film from the 1980's.
January 30, 2013
Ehehehehehehe. In its own crazy way, one could argue this is one of the better Phantom of the Opera film adaptations out there.
January 22, 2013
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