The Phantom Of The Opera


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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