Phantom Of The Opera
Phantom Of The Opera (1925)

Lon Chaney stars as Erik, the Phantom, in what is probably his most famous and certainly his most horrifying role. Produced by Universal, the film shot in 1923 and shelved for nearly two years, and was subjected to intensive studio… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 15, 1997
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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

Keith Phipps
AV Club

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.

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TIME Magazine

Though Mr. Chaney wears a more grotesque make-up than ever, the film play seems only pretty good.

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Philip French
Observer [UK]

An eerie mixture of poetry, gothic melodrama and a surreal Feuillade-style serial.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Lon Chaney's performance as the hideous organist prowling the sewers beneath the Paris Opera is still a cornerstone of gothic horror.

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Lawrence O'Toole
Entertainment Weekly

The main inducement to watch remains Chaney's tragic, ineffably sad figure.

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Alan Jones
Radio Times

Despite outdated acting techniques and staging, this is a must-see for all cinema buffs, as make-up genius Lon Chaney's Phantom is a Hall of Horror landmark.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

A grand, pulpy potboiler of a suspense melodrama.

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Variety Staff

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.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

If it wasn't quite the match of the fright fests that were being made over in Europe during this decade (Nosferatu, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari), it was certainly one of the most epic American undertakings this side of D.W. Griffith and Cecil B. DeMille.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Christopher Heim
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,… More
AJ Verser
This is the second Phantom movie I've seen the first was the 40s version, and I liked this movie a lot better. The story is clearer, the phantom is… More
Jennifer D
Well, at least I can say I have seen the original now.
Randy Tippy
My first reaction was 'Wow!' There is so much more to this film than the unmasking at the organ. There are flashes of humor, the Red Death and even… More
Jim Hunter
Remember that musical you grew up with that was made into a pretty good movie by a pretty bad director? This is that but without all the good music, pretty… More
Devon Bott
The prototype for all horror movies that followed, Phantom of the Opera is an early piece of cinematic achievement. The movie opens with the sale of an opera… More