Strikes a chord!
This starts like any other 1980s flick, in modern day, only to turn into a period piece when its protagonist passes out after an injury. This interpretation of Gaston Leroux’s popular novel is darker and much gorier than what we're accustomed to. This is the 80’s treatment; hard contrasts, perfect lighting, one-liners, plenty of red stuff, and Freddy Krueger, of all people...
Robert Englund’s make-up is terrifying and surprisingly realistic. He is an evil burn victim with so many enemies he turns the film into a high body count slasher. The Phantom’s relationship with Christine, the lead character, exists in neither time nor space. We are sporadically reminded that we are watching a nightmare unravel. There are slow moments but the movie is generally dynamic.
This poetic romance sprinkled with terror and blood will appeal to horror fans more than previous adaptations. This Phantom is mean, ruthless and violent. He is a full-measure type of monster, contrary to his more passive predecessors. Expect one of the best adaptations of the novel there is out there. The director, writers and actors are on top of their game and deliver a strong story.