#80: PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

Let's face it.  A monster that gets a musical produced by Andrew Lloyd Weber loses a lot of scare appeal.  The Phantom of the Opera is by no means a monster that kept kids awake at night (unless they had some trouble getting some of those damn Michael Crawford showtunes out of their head.

Do yourself a favor, and if you're even remotely interested in this character, see it how it was supposed to be done and get the 1925 silent film starring Lon Chaney.  The unmasking scene is about as good as it gets in scary movies, and to this day is the definitive version of the character, despite the idiotic remakes starring everyone from Robert Guillame to Robert England.  

Lon Chaney is the man, and his work in this film is without equal.  With limited special effects, and makeup that he applied himself, Chaney was able to freak plenty of people out with this great character design.  Remember this is before fancy rubber latex prosthetics were available.

 

MONSTER FACTS

Lon Chaney designed his own makeup for the 1925 film.

MULTIMEDIA

WATCH THE WHOLE 1925 FILM AT MOVIEFLIX.COM

READ THE ORIGINAL NOVEL BY GASTON LEROUX

DOWNLOAD THE FAMOUS UNMASKING SCENE (1 MB AVI)


WEBSITES

COOL PHOTO STORYBOARD OF THE ENTIRE FILM

AN INCREDIBLY IN DEPTH ANALYSIS OF THE FILM


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