While it isnt the intolerable mess many make it out to be, Phantom of the Opera certainly doesnt rank among Argento's best. What his version does offer is some incredible gore, decent set design, and some man-on-rat action, but it is met with bland acting pitiless characters that draw no emotion out of their performances. Interestingly enough, The Phantom of this film is not disfigured at all, though he remains a recluse that was raised by rats in the catacombs beneath the opera house. This Phantom doesnt take crap from anyone, though, unbiasedly and brutally dispatching anyone who makes the mistake of trespassing in his cavernous home. The uneven blend of off-beat comedy, horror, and romance makes it hard to accept the film as a serious attempt on the classic story. On top of that, it just doesnt make any improvements on any of the adaptations that have been made in the past, but rather turns it into a cheap slasher throughout the majority of the film. I have commented mostly on the negative aspects of the film, which is unfair because it is still an ok watch, it just suffers from the burden of comparison against both Argento's canon of works and the previous films that have been made of this story. Check it out, see what you think, then shelve it.