Entertainment Weekly - 10/27/1995
"...Shivers still crawl up spines." -- Rating: A
Total Film - 02/01/2012 4 stars out of 5 -- "[Chaney] imbues this character with bravado and menace..."
Sight and Sound - 03/01/2012
"One of the great blood-and-thunder silent horror melodramas, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA remains rollicking entertainment to this day..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
One of the greatest horror thrillers of all time, this classic silent film features the original restored color sequence.
The majestic Paris Opera House rises high above the catacombs, the long forgotten dungeons and torture chambers of the city of Paris. Lon Chaney gives his greatest performance as the Phantom, the vengeful composer who wears a mask to hide his hideous deformed face. His love for a young prima donna takes a sinister turn when he abducts her and carries her away to his lair in the depths of the catacombs. The unmasking of the Phantom is one of the most chilling and unforgettable moments in motion picture history.
Lon Chaney, "Man of a Thousand Faces," stars in this silent horror classic. In the film, based on Gaston Leroux's timeless novel, a disfigured, catacomb-dwelling musician (Chaney) terrorizes the Paris Opera House while attempting to turn a pretty chorus girl (Mary Philbin) into a star.
The Phantom lives deep in the recesses of the Paris Opera House, well hidden from cruel and prying eyes. But when he falls in love with the beauteous Christine Dane, he becomes aware of his intense loneliness; in desperation, the Phantom kidnaps his love and carries her back to his secret lair. Assuring Christine that he will never harm her, he asks only one thing: that she never remove his mask.
Chaney is Magnificent
Movie Lover: CHRIS DAVIS from
CLAYTON, NC US -- June, 9, 2004
The first time I saw "Phantom of the Opera", it was when I was 12 years old. A friend had a 15 minute "highlight" reel that showcased several of the most important scenes. I think my friend had ordered it from an ad in the back of a comic book. The film was grainy and was badly edited but after it was over, I knew I had seen something great.
Years later, I was delighted when "Phantom" was released on DVD. This is a real gem and I think even people who today are turned off by silent films will appreciate this one.
Lon Chaney gives the performance of his life in this and all of his talents, from make-up to pantomime, are on display. His character is tragic and frightening and as you watch, you will find Chaney taking you from revulsion to sympathy and back again.
"Phantom" has all the elements of a true horror film but it is so much more than that. It is also a love story, a drama and perhaps even, a black comedy.
I encourage film students and film lovers to add this classic to their DVD library.
Great movie, pretty good DVD transfer!
Movie Lover: Bryan Gomez from
Mother Earth -- March, 6, 2004
This has to be one of the greatest silent movies of all time, as well as one of the best horror movies ever made! Lon Chaney is perfect in his role of Erik, the deformed man who brings terror to an opera house... all to bring fame to the understudy he has fallen for. The DVD isn't that bad, some scenes it gets really dark and scratchy. But the DVD still has the colorized scene. All in all, worth the small amount the charge for it!
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