Phantom of the Paradise (1974)


“This picture will age in your place. And you must watch it every day just to see how lucky you are. And the tape from which the picture comes must be guarded at all costs. When it goes, you go. ” – Swan

Number of Times Seen – 1 (12 Jan 2022)

Brief Synopsis – A composers who was maimed in an accident sells his soul in order to win the love of his life.

My Take on it – Such a crazy and convoluted film.

This movie tries to blend together ideas from The Phantom of the Opera and The Portrait of Dorian Grey, yet never manages to stay coherent throughout.

I was actually quite shocked to see that this was made by Brian De Palma since it is so very different from his films that I was already familiar with.

The music and effects add to the confusion of it all and it comes across as seeming quite silly in the way that things are presented.

This was definitely not something that I would venture to try and watch again because it is far from being close to my kind of taste in movies.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – According to William Finley, the record press in which his character Winslow Leach was disfigured was in a real pressing plant (it was an injection-molding press at an Ideal Toy Company plant). He was worried about whether the machine would be safe, and the crew assured him it was. The press was fitted with foam pads (which resemble the casting molds in the press) and there were chocks put in the center to stop it from closing completely. Unfortunately, the machine was powerful enough to crush the chocks that it gradually kept closing. It was Finley’s speed and timing that saved him from being seriously hurt, as he got his head out just in time. His scream in the scene was, in fact, not acting. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (3/10)

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