Robert Englund leads this 1989 adaptation of the Leroux novel, where a young opera singer is thrust back in time during an audition, which places her in Victorian London as the understudy in a grand opera house. She begins receiving voice training from an unseen ally, but her disfigured friend will stop at nothing to see her succeed, even if it means eliminating anyone who gets in her way. The lavish set design and authentic Victorian costuming give the film a large look and feel with high production values, however there are a few missteps that take away from the film. Englund's Phantom serves as a vengeful anti-hero, which leads to several bloody deaths and dismemberments that would have been expected out of a cheap 80s Slasher. What is stranger is that the character spouts out cheesy one-liners as he dispatches the cast. It isn't that the make-up or deaths were bad at all, in fact it was quite the opposite, but these choices felt oddly out of place in an otherwise straight Gothic Horror film. Each of the actors deliver solid performances, and Englund is a very good fit for the character. I enjoyed the film, it was definitely superior to Argento's late 90s remake and a good overall Horror entry.
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