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December 3, 2016
depalma's underrated 70s cult classic
September 19, 2016
Loved it- great premise, fun cast, great soundtrack. I will say I think it's baffling how a movie like this was reviewed so well when every Ken Russell before it got mixed reviews but let's not split hairs I suppose.
I loved the sets and the strong sense of humor throughout. The music being genuinely good and listenable also really helps push this movie over the edge into 'brilliant' territory. It's also interesting to see how the cinematography in this, along with De Palma gore, totally helped shape that 80s and especially 90s film style.
June 25, 2016
Wonderful film, great storytelling with unforgettable music.
June 24, 2016
God, I love this movie. It's such a blast!
June 17, 2016
Brian De Palma's 1974 Cult Classic, Is A Wonderful Mix Of Music, Horror, Black & Satirical Comedy. Combining The Phantom Of The Opera, Faust & The Picture Of Dorian Gray (As Well As Others) With An Oscar Nominated Glam Rock Score By Paul Williams (Who Also Stars As The Evil Record Producer).
The Film Stars William Finley As Winslow Leach A Composer/Performer whose Music Is Stolen By Record Producer Swan (Williams), Swan Gets Leach Locked Up And Intends To Use His Rock Opera To Open The Paradise Theatre With. Leach Escapes And After An Unfortunate Accident With A Record Pressing Machine Becomes The Phantom.
Few Revenge Scenarios Have Ever Been So Amply Justified, But The Film Is Also Constantly Aware Of The Satirical Possibilities Offered By The 1970's Music Industry, Exemplified By Gerrit Graham's Hilariously Camp Glam Rocker. Jessica Harper (Suspiria, Shock Treatment) Appears In Her Film Debut, As The Na´ve But Ambitious Singer, On Whom Winslow Secretly Dotes.
Prodigiously Inventive Both Musically And Visually, This Is One Of De Palma's Most Entertaining Romps, That Satire's The Music Industry The Way 1981's Shock Treatment Satire's The TV Industry (In Which Harper Also Stars). An Extremely Entertaining Film From Start To Finish Which Features All The Director's Trademarks.
June 16, 2016
I love phantom of the paradise
February 9, 2016
Enchantingly bizarre, strange, creative, and wild. This is like no other, and should be cherished!
½ January 3, 2016
"Phantom of the Paradise" is the movie fans of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" didn't know existed but may as well dig into like a lip-smacking feast. A rollicking, dark, and deranged rock opera, it is a musical that has just enough self-referentiality and social commentary to excuse its wicked boisterousness, at times a Technicolor screwball delicacy and, during others, an unhinged music industry satire. It is a forgotten gem amongst Brian De Palma's illustrious 1970s, and is a cult classic worthy of a bigger cult. You've got kids dressing up as Frank N. Furter for "Rocky Horror" special events - it's time they become acquainted with Phoenix the torch singer, Beef the glam rocker, and the titular phantom himself. They'll be increasingly multifaceted that way.
Playing on the distinctions of "The Phantom of the Opera" in ways that suggest an update rather than sheer homage, "Phantom of the Paradise" stars Paul Williams as Swan, a radical music producer in the process of preparing for the grand opening of The Paradise, a concert hall meant to capitalize on the recent outbreak of glam rock. Ruthless but possessed with unparalleled good taste, he sees potential in Winslow Leach (William Finely), an aspiring songwriter whose audition to become one of The Paradise's main acts captures the hearts of the men leading the project as if he's Harry Nilsson's twin.
But Swan, put off by Leach's eccentricity, can see that such a man, despite incredible musical skill, will never become a star in the eyes of the public. So he throws him out of the building like an American Idol reject, sneakily stealing his music and claiming it as his own. A month or so later, Leach seeks followthrough from Swan, who told the man that a bit of passing time would lead to a record deal of some sort. But once again, he is thrown out like yesterday's trash, with Swan dropping a few ounces of hard drugs into Leach's bag in order to really get rid of him - shortly after, he is placed in the slammer, a life sentence, due to possession of narcotics.
Almost a year passes by, and, after finally having enough of his new, tortured life, Leach defiantly escapes, but gets badly injured in the process. He decides to hide out in the almost completed Paradise, where Swan's factory of musicians is rehearsing for his upcoming rock rendition of Faust. Leach, who now reigns as the Phantom of the Paradise, initially wreaks havoc upon the theatre, almost killing Swan's most important assets in the process. But the latter promises the The Phantom that he can rewrite much of the music for the play so long as he lets him produce it his way. The Phantom hesitantly complies, but, expectedly, immediately comes to regret it as what was once his crawls into the arms of another.
Pull a microscopic out from under your theater seat and you'll find that "Phantom of the Paradise" is a stinging takedown of the music industry, albeit a supernaturally tinged one. Elements of "The Picture of Dorian Gray," "Rocky Horror," and De Palma's later works (stylistically, I mean) are evident, but push past the ebullient sheen and you'll come across a witty horror story crazier than "Network" but just as aware of the tone it's going for.
The musical performances are carried out with bubbly sensationalism, and the actors glow under the pressure of having to be campy but not too campy. I particularly liked Paul Williams's portrayal of the film's enigmatic, but slightly satanic, music producer, and Gerrit Graham's perky characterization of Beef, a glam rocker with a taste for pills and trotting around like a walking stereotype. De Palma, also the film's writer, provides "Phantom of the Paradise" with a spirited foundation that enhances his incomparable stylistic cues. So while the film isn't as admittedly good as "Rocky Horror," it still makes for one of the most criminally overlooked films of the 1970s. Strange how something this bonkers only seems to escape off the tongues of cinephiles looking for a cavorting good time.
December 29, 2015
An overlooked Brian De Palma masterpiece!
½ September 5, 2015
Brian De Palma is the K I N G

De Palma is becoming one of my favorite director's and I have yet to see Scarface.
½ September 4, 2015
This film is the Halloween 3; Season of the Witch of Brian De Palma's career. By no means is that an insult to the film, I absolutely loved it. By that statement I mean that this film, along side the rest of Brian De Palma's films completely stands out as a different and weird film that doesn't really confine itself to De Palma's original style. I absolutely love De Palma's style, but I have to give this movie credit for having the balls to be completely different and original. One of his best!
½ May 10, 2015
A bombastic, beautiful mess of a film.
March 5, 2015
Fantastic -- a real favorite. Terrific send-up of 70s rock combined with elements of the Phantom of the Opera and Faust. Great music, funny as hell, with tremendous performances by William Finely and Paul Williams! A genuine treasure!
February 21, 2015
Phantom of the paradise is written and directed by Brian DePalma. It takes its inspiration from a variety of materials such as Phantom of the opera, Faust and The Picture of Dorian Gray. Mixed in with that is a fantastic rock soundtrack by Paul Williams who also stars in the movie as Swan. The cast also includes William Finley and Jessica Harper form Suspiria, who is once again great. This movie is one of the campiest things in existence and for that alone is worth checking out.
½ February 13, 2015
Schlockingly interesting, doesn't stand well to the test of time however.
½ February 13, 2015
An eccentric, all-over-the-place movie that has a deserving cult status, but doesn't quite rise up to Rocky Horror level. The story is kind of a mess, as it became a bit difficult to understand why things were happening, motivations, etc. However, the musical bits, campy acting, and energetic direction keep this movie from ever becoming dull. Well worth a watch.
December 11, 2014
They don't make movies like this anymore, audacious horror- musical-comedies about demented song writers & satanic record producers. Yes it's completely kooky, but this cult film's frenetic final 10 minutes are also perfectoion
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November 24, 2014
Seriously one of my favorite movies. Just so much fun to watch.
November 1, 2014
saw it when it first came out. liked it then and like it now.
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