The Phantom of the Opera
The Phantom of the Opera (1989)

This is the fourth screen incarnation of Gaston Leroux's classic tragic figure. Unlike other versions, this new version is quite graphic and gory as it chronicle's the deformed phantom composer's obsessive love for a beautiful… More

Rated: R
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Genre: Horror
Release Date: June 1, 1989
DVD Release Date: December 7, 2004
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Critic Score: 38% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Doing a period piece on an '80s slasher budget was a doomed idea.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Englund brings none of the pathos that charged the iconic performances by Lon Chaney (1925 version) and Claude Rains (1943 version), and the result is a dreary rendering of a story we know all too well.

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Luke Y. Thompson
New Times

A really cool horror gem that may not be faithful but is certainly atmospheric

Heather Wixson
Daily Dead

Focusing more on the horror contained within Leroux's original story, this version is a wickedly ghastly and blood-soaked tale of obsession that allows Robert Englund the room to do what he does best as a performer- go nuts.

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Dustin Putman

A worthwhile curiosity, one that has understandably achieved cult status in the decades since its release.

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Christopher Null

one remake the world is probably better off without

Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

The big climax intended as a surprise reveal is just drawn out and lackluster.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

Englund seems determined to turn the phantom into another sequel-spawning character...

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Flixster Audience Score: 54% Flixster User Reviews
Luke Baldock
Gory slasher interpretation of the story. Overall I liked it. It did pander to a wider audience by beginning and ending in present day. This was also just a bit… More
Lafe Fredbjornson
1989's Robert Englund's "Phantom of the Opera", offers a fresh 80's slasher variation. It's not cheaply done; the movie is stylish… More
Morgan Salem
Truthfully this is one of my favorite addaptions of the Book. Note I said "Book" It is perfect, classic, cheesey 80s Horror. Robert Englund is… More
vieras esine
I love the idea of the Phantom using floppy discs. :D
Wahida K
Awesome piece! Creepy version of The Phantom of the Opera.
Dann Michalski
While it definitely puts the horror back into The Phantom of the Opera, this adaption is a betrayal of Gaston Leroux's original novel. Played by Robert… More