The Phantom of the Opera (1925)

A mysterious figure kidnaps an opera singer and proposes to coach her into taking the lead role in the opera as a means of winning her love, but when she learns of his disfigurement, she attempts to escape his grasp. The production designs and makeup work are both amazing for the time, with the opera set still being one of the largest studio sets ever built. Erik is both empathetic and terrifying at the same time as the elusive phantom, and Chaney remains the definitive face of the character nearly a century later. Most of the violence is implied off camera, so dont expect a lot of action, but the film is still very good, though it may not suit the tastes of modern horror fans.

Rating: 9/10.

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  1. I was thinking of making this my next selection from the 50 Classics pack, but I think I'm going to check out Bluebeard first. Will revisit later.

  2. I enjoyed it, Im appreciating the good classics much more after seeing so many terrible B-movies from the same era. The silent films are particularly good though, but it may be since you have to suspend further belief buying into the dramatic facial gestures to convey emotion and stress plot points.