The Phantom of the Opera (1989)

R   |    |  Drama, Horror, Music

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A young soprano becomes the obsession of a horribly disfigured composer, who has plans for those who oppose him or the young singer.


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25 August 2003 | LeilaDessler
A dark, yet good take on the Phantom
I like this movie. I'm a purist, which may be surprising, but I am and still like this movie. Why? Because it gives Erik his edge back. True, they give him a good bit extra, but in the novel, Erik could have cruel moments, he had an edge, a threat to him. Ever since the Lon Chaney (which is still the closest to the book version), Erik has lost his edge and become a sort of disfigured James Bond. While I don't have much of a problem, this is a nice beak from that. Robert Englund is one of my favorite actors, and this was the first or second movie I saw him in (the first, if it wasn't this one, would have been Urban Legend, decent movie on TV). He plays Erik with a sinister sensuality. His lanky frame and Kruegeresque swagger are fine qualities, he comes of confident. Erik was like that in the book many times, though he did become a lovesick puppy with Christine. Yes, it's a slasher, yes they make Erik quite cruel in it, but it does have many little tidbits from the book. Plus, it has the masked ball scene, which helps it score high with me!! Go in with an open mind and acceptance of a crueler Erik (or a sickness of a lovey-dovey Erik) and you should enjoy it. At least it's better than the Julian Sands version.

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Release Date:

3 November 1989



Country of Origin

USA, UK, Hungary

Filming Locations

Budapest, Hungary

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,050,000 5 November 1989

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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