The Phantom of the Opera

1989

The Phantom of the Opera

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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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  • Nov 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.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • May 23, 2011
    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 B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 07, 2009
    Awesome piece! Creepy version of The Phantom of the Opera.
    Wahida K Super Reviewer
  • Jul 06, 2007
    1989's Robert Englund's "Phantom of the Opera", offers a fresh 80's slasher variation. It's not cheaply done; the movie is stylish and well-directed. Instead of Paris, this movie was set in London. The set design was great: from the underused opera house, the masquerade hall, the grimey streets and pubs of London to the phantom's candlelit sewer layer. It looks extravagant and high-budget; the visual splendour makes it a treat to watch. Robert Englund shows us he can be much more than Freddy Krueger. His phantom wears a hat and flowing cape, and applies facial patches and makeup to get about in public. He plays a disturbed and mysterious musical composer with a killer tendency. There is enough violence shown to please gore-hounds: guttings, impalements, skinnings and beheadings are on display. They've also included a somewhat supernatural origin to the phantom. I found it hard to believe lovely Christine (Jill Schoelen) could fall for such a creepy and disturbing character. Her beautiful prescence helps balance out the ugliness and horror of the setting. The movie could've done with more of her lovely singing. Like the phantom, Christine exists in the past and the present. It was interesting how the story took us to modern-day New York for some additional story elements. Better than Dario Argento's Phantom, but I still love Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical version the most.
    Lafe F Super Reviewer

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