The Phantom of the Opera

The Phantom of the Opera ★★★★

"A mad, disfigured composer seeks love with a lovely young opera singer."

For nearly 100 years, The Phantom Of The Opera remains quite frightening for one iconic pivotal scene: the scene where The Phantom's (Lon Chaney) mask is removed and his horrific visage is for all eyes to see. The makeup for this most gruesome looking monster along with the well-timed performance by Lon Chaney is just pure nightmare fuel. I, along with thousands of others, love that scene.
The remainder of the film is drenched in rich gothic atmosphere and layered with suspense. It did take me a couple of times to watch this in full, but I was pleased by the end of it. Like most older movies, there are some very dry areas that don't quite bore, but are on the edge of doing so. Also, some of the characters feel aimless by todays standards and the buildup, while suspenseful, is plodding most often times.
Still a classic in every sense of the word and a great silent film from Universal Studios!

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