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The Phantom of the Opera (1989 movie)

2 Ratings: 1.5
A 1989 film directed by Dwight H. Little

Trading tragic romance for Faustian malevolence, the 1989 version of The Phantom of the Opera is a surprisingly good example of '80s horror. It was dismissed as gory trash by most critics (no doubt because Kevin Yagher's gruesome makeup … see full wiki

Director: Dwight H. Little
Genre: Horror
Release Date: November 4, 1989
MPAA Rating: R
1 review about The Phantom of the Opera (1989 movie)

"Only love and music are forever"

  • Dec 28, 2007
Rating:
+4
The emphasis is definitely on gore in this effective 1989 take on THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, starring Robert Englund in the title role. Followers of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical might want to bypass this one.

The setting is modern-day New York. Promising opera singer Christine Day (Jill Schoelen) is auditioning for an important producer when a stage accident catapults her back to 19th-century London. She's still Christine, an aspiring soprano, yet haunted by the terrifying Phantom (Englund), a deformed composer who wears a mask stitched from the skins of his human victims.

The time-twisting theme works well to bookend the story, and Jill Schoelen is a luminous presence as both incarnations of Christine (her singing is dubbed by Nancy Fontana). Robert Englund is quite chilling yet imbues his role with a dark comedy streak. The late great Stephanie Lawrence is also memorable playing Carlotta, the resident opera diva.

PHANTOM fans should enjoy this version, which is full of gaslight thrills and chills. Highly-recommended.

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