The Phantom of the Opera

The Phantom of the Opera

1989
Drama
Horror
1h 33m
Christine Day is a young Broadway singer in New York City. She is auditioning for a show and comes across a piece of music written by an unknown music composer named Erik Destler nearly 100 years before. Erik had made a pack with the devil so the world would love his music, but the devil had one condition: that Erik's face would be horribly disfigured forever. She is coached by this mysterious figure who will do anything to make her the star of the opera even if it means murdering people. (imdb)
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The Phantom of the Opera

1989
Drama
Horror
1h 33m
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Rated 08 Nov 2018
69
59th
Better than I ever would've imagined. This flirts with being a classy production right up until it's gory as hell. Think Tom Hooper inexplicably hiring Tom Savini. Think Herschel Gordon Lewis but good. Englund is clearly having fun and looks pretty stellar in the Red Death costume. He doesn't get to rebuke anyone's merriment though.
Rated 13 Nov 2013
60
34th
Hammer Studio's Nightmare on Elm Street but it's just one super long dream sequence.
Rated 26 Dec 2009
63
21st
In its fourth official celluloid mounting, Leroux's venerable opus serves primarily as a vehicle for Englund, who doffs his Freddy Krueger duds to don the Phantom's classier cloak. Essentially a straightforward, old-fashioned fright film reminiscent of a standard 1960s Hammer horror and encompassing the latter's typical virtues and flaws. There's also a good deal more gore than we saw in the Phantoms of yore (Englund's Erik alternately skins and decapitates his victims)
Rated 10 Feb 2011
50
7th
Dreadful reboot of Leroux's classic. Englund is hammy, but he's pretty much the only reason to watch.
Rated 11 Sep 2008
80
68th
Much better than I expected. The visual gloss pleasantly reminds me of the old Hammer horror films
Rated 13 Jan 2019
40
39th
To my tin ear, the theme song is much closer to Tomaso Albinoni than it would have been appropriate.
Rated 05 Oct 2022
64
44th
Liked this more than I expected. Englund was well up for it; he’s actually quite a tidy actor. I was getting serious Darkman vibes throughout, perhaps because Eric looked like Liam Neeson with a melting face. I don’t think the story is the same as the novel, but it’s pretty decent; haven’t seen any of the other film adaptations, so I don’t know how this compares. I expect this is more of a bloodbath than Lloyd Webber’s version.
Rated 10 Dec 2022
35
3rd
It was a terrible idea to make a quasi-slasher out of this material, and those elements clash badly with the period setting.Chintzy production values galore; even Englund's makeup is frequently terrible. Comparisons have been made to Hammer in some quarters, but it lacks the personality and mood those films often had, regardless of quality, which varied considerably. The lead actress is also terrible and has zero chemistry with Englund, whose portrayal of the phantom is more 'rapey' than tragic.

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