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The Phantom Of The Opera

3

Fisher's 1962 take on the classic tale...

After distributing Hammer’s Dracula in the US in 1958, Universal approached the Brit house of horror to revive their Phantom franchise. Filmed for $400,000 at Bray Studios (where else?), it’s a solid, sometimes stolid affair, with Terence Fisher’s direction lacking the zip of the 1943 Claude Rains version or the atmospherics of the 1925 silent take.

And while Herbert Lom’s cavern-dwelling composer emits great pathos from a single eye, it’s hard not to wish that Cary Grant had been cast as the opera’s producer, as originally intended.

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