The Phantom of the Opera

The Phantom of the Opera ★★★★½

HoopTober 6.0 - 19 of 33 (Category: Lon Chaney Sr. + Before 1966)

A haiku review:

The tortured artist
A maniac finds his muse
Suspense in sewers

By far, this is my all-time favorite of Lon Chaney Sr.'s films. The emotions and casual (or overt) menace he could convey with a simple change in his posture or expression in the silent era without "going big" is astounding. Add to this the legendary and self-created make-up effects he used, and you have a solid classic that is nearly a century old now.