Phantom Of The Opera
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Phantom Of The Opera
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 tinkering. While many expected a disaster, the film turned out to be a rousing success. It was both the stepping off point for Chaney's run as a superstar at MGM and the prototype for the horror film cycle at Universal in the 1930s. The story concerns Erik, a much-feared fiend who haunts the Paris Opera House. Lurking around the damp, dank passages deep in the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

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"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
"An eerie mixture of poetry, gothic melodrama and a surreal Feuillade-style serial."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"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
"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
"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
"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
"Though Mr. Chaney wears a more grotesque make-up than ever, the film play seems only pretty good."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"Rupert Julian's 1925 silent film doesn't have much going for it apart from the famous unmasking scene."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"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
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