The Phantom of the Opera

The Phantom of the Opera ★★½

This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

This review may contain spoilers.

Hooptober Day 6: Lon Cheney/Film from before 1966 (3/6)

All I ask of this
is to have music that jives
with the goings-on

The low score stems from the immense disappointment I felt that I found myself looking through Facebook for the last 20 minutes because I had completely lost interest.

This film does deserve some respect. Lon Cheney's Phantom is chilling to look at, and is still the most frightening Phantom to grace the silver screen. The set pieces are magnificent. People spend a lot of time talking about Cheney's reveal as an iconic moment of horror history, but I think that his entrance as the Red Death during that ball thing also deserves to be talked about. Same goes for the way he's brutally murdered at the end, and how that's just the end of the film. But Cheney wasn't enough to keep me invested.

I was SO distracted by the score and how it didn't match up with anything that was going on most of the time. I don't know if that was just the version I watched, but horror more often than not is heightened with aural cues, and there was fuck all of that in this film. Flowery orchestral flute music does not match a skull-faced psychopath trying to burn two men alive.

The 2.5 rating keeps it from being a bad movie, because it's not bad. It was just a frustrating watch for me. The story, though, was crying out to made into a musical, so thank God for that.