Phantom Of The Opera
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Phantom Of The Opera
A silent, black and white movie produced in 1925. A mysterious phantom haunts the Opera of Paris. He threatens famous lyric singer, Carlotta, forcing her to give up her role to unknown Christine Daae. Eventually, Christine meets the masked phantom in the catacombs, where he resides. Considered a classic horror film.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Keith Phipps, AV Club
"Though Mr. Chaney wears a more grotesque make-up than ever, the film play seems only pretty good."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"An eerie mixture of poetry, gothic melodrama and a surreal Feuillade-style serial."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"It succeeds in spite of itself and it's all thanks to Chaney. The man of a thousand faces imbues this character with bravado and menace."
‑ Jamie Russell, Total Film
"Lon Chaney's magnetism and the overall impact of the suspense and reveal is still impressive."
‑ Alan Morrison, Empire Magazine
"Lon Chaney's performance as the hideous organist prowling the sewers beneath the Paris Opera is still a cornerstone of gothic horror."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"The main inducement to watch remains Chaney's tragic, ineffably sad figure."
‑ Lawrence O'Toole, Entertainment Weekly
"Despite outdated acting techniques and staging, this is a must-see for all cinema buffs, as make-up genius Lon Chaney's Phantom is a Hall of Horror landmark."
‑ Alan Jones, Radio Times
"Lon Chaney delivers an awesome performance in this fine adaptation of the original Gaston Leroux novel."
‑ R. L. Shaffer, IGN DVD
"Spectacular set pieces and grand design form an impressive backdrop for Chaney's powerful and moving performance."
‑ , Film4
"A grand, pulpy potboiler of a suspense melodrama."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"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."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"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."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"[A] silent classic."
‑ Douglas Pratt, DVDLaser
"This silent film adaptation of Gaston Leroux's novel is one of the classics in the history of the horror genre."
‑ Steve Biodrowski, ESplatter
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