Phantom of the Paradise
Phantom of the Paradise (1974)

Combining rock & roll, horror, and the classic tale of Phantom of the Opera this musical makes fun of all three. The story centers on an aspiring rocker who sells his soul to find fame and ends up horribly disfigured and living in the… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: October 31, 1974
DVD Release Date: September 4, 2001
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

A very good horror comedy-drama about a disfigured musician haunting a rock palace. Brian De Palma's direction and script makes for one of the very rare 'backstage' rock story pix, catching the garishness of the glitter scene in its own time.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

An elaborate disaster, full of the kind of facetious humor you might find on bumper stickers and cocktail coasters.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Bravura cinematic spectacle with just enough literary antecedent and social commentary that it doesn't come across as shallow as the word "spectacle" implies.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

This was one of De Palma's early efforts, and its excesses can be chalked up to youthful enthusiasm -- the ideas seem appealingly audacious even when they misfire.

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Jacob Oller
The Film Stage

Phantom of the Paradise is not just one of the flashiest, angriest musical films, but an enduring and damning kiss-off to America's spiraling desperation for entertainment.

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Austin Trunick
Under the Radar

While Phantom of the Paradise is a mess, it's an extremely interesting mess.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

Nothing that remarkable about the plot in itself, but De Palma employs his love of gadgetry to imaginative effect, and casts a satirically beady eye upon the money-hungry foibles of the music industry.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

Brian De Palma returns to the incompetence of his earlier films with Phantom of the Paradise...

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John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

With its climactic assassination attempt of a lovely songstress, this sardonic skewering of the music industry-as-America may be nothing less than a more rollicking, less sniffy predecessor to Altman's 'Nashville.'

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Daniel Mumby
"What's the best horror-comedy rock musical of the 1970s?" It's not a question that comes up very often, and the answer seems so obvious… More
Morgan Salem
A fantastic Campy movie with some AMAZING MUSCI! Even If you dont see the movie, I really suggest you check out its soundtrack. Beautiful, BEAUTIFUL songs. I… More
Chris Weber
Combining Faust with Phantom of the Opera (and tributes/homages/references to many other films (horror and otherwise)), this is Brian De Palma's… More
Steve K
Great fun, 70's style. Catchy music, silly but enjoyable plotting, a game cast and some smart, involving direction. Could have been a little shorter,… More
Tim Salmons
Brian De Palma is a real chameleon of a filmmaker. He can make a hard-edged, balls-to-the-wall gangster flick like Scarface; an edge-of-your-seat action film… More
Conner Rainwater
Itâ??s funny that most people see Rocky Horror Picture Show as the original rock musical film, but this is the original and lots more fun. Sure it doesnâ??t… More