The Phantom of the Opera

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Decades later, it still retains its ability to scare -- and Lon Chaney's performance remains one of the benchmarks of the horror genre.

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Composer Lord Ambrose D'Arcy (Michael Gough) and his backer, Harry Hunter (Edward De Souza), struggle to find a replacement for the female lead in their new opera after she quits in the wake of a gruesome murder. When a new prospect, the nubile Christine Charles (Heather Sears), disappears, Harry cautiously investigates. Meanwhile, a mysterious masked man (Herbert Lom) who is eerily familiar with the opera holds Christine captive and offers to groom her to play the part.

Cast & Crew

Herbert Lom
The Phantom, aka Prof. L. Petrie
Heather Sears
Christine Charles
Michael Gough
Lord Ambrose d'Arcy
Edward de Souza
Harry Hunter
Miriam Karlin
Charwoman
John Harvey
Sgt. Vickers
Harold Godwin
Bill
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Critic Reviews for Phantom Of The Opera

All Critics (50) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (45) | Rotten (5)

  • The atmosphere matches Chaney's performance perfectly. His grotesque appearance is achieved with wires, cotton balls, and eye-dilating chemicals, but his character, as usual, is animated from within.

    August 16, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Lon Chaney's performance as the hideous organist prowling the sewers beneath the Paris Opera is still a cornerstone of gothic horror.

    August 16, 2013 | Full Review…
  • A grand, pulpy potboiler of a suspense melodrama.

    November 24, 2011 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • Though Mr. Chaney wears a more grotesque make-up than ever, the film play seems only pretty good.

    October 19, 2008 | Full Review…
  • The main inducement to watch remains Chaney's tragic, ineffably sad figure.

    August 12, 2008 | Rating: A | Full Review…
  • Kerry is a colorless hero, Philbin contents herself with being pretty and becoming terrorized at the Phantom, and Chaney is either behind a mask or grimacing through his fiendish makeup.

    August 12, 2008 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Phantom Of The Opera

  • Oct 22, 2016
    A classic adaptation of The Phantom of the Opera, it became more of a horror film but it provided some haunting (yet beautiful) imagery as well as the master acting of legendary Lon Chaney.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Jan 04, 2013
    Christine is being controlled by the Phantom and teared away from her love Vicomte because of it. There are some scenes in this film that you can imagine would have been really exciting in 1925. Still today, the Phantom has the coolest looking face of an antagonist. Ever. I never get tired of looking at it, it's amazed me since day one. Phantom of the Opera is holds a royal seat in the kingdom of horror.
    Horrific R Super Reviewer
  • May 09, 2012
    Lon Chaney is so incredibly expressive that he makes the rest of the film's cast look lifeless in comparison. Along with the incredible make-up job, Chaney brings out the un-predictable behavior and confused nature of the title character. He was truly one of the quintessential silent actors. Not only is Chaney's turn as the Phantom incredibly memorable, the film's sets are also something to behold. The production value shows off the big budget that was spent on this movie, especially with sets like the ballroom, grand opera house, and the Phantom's dark dungeon. During the ballroom sequence the movie mysteriously turns into color for a brief time, which does a great job in highlighting the Phantoms red costume. A huge hit in its initial release, "The Phantom of the Opera" set the standard for other Universal horror flicks to come. The film may not be able to scare as much as it did back in 1925, but it still retains a fun chilling atmosphere throughout. A definitive silent horror classic.
    Christopher H Super Reviewer
  • Mar 01, 2012
    Well, at least I can say I have seen the original now.
    Jennifer D Super Reviewer

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