Blu-ray Review: Robert Englund In Gaston Leroux’s PHANTOM OF THE OPERA - Movies In Focus
This 1989 version of Phantom Of The Opera starring Nightmare In Elm Street’s Robert Englund is a handsomely produced and surprisingly faithful adaptation of Gaston Leroux’s classic tale. Englund is Erik Destler, a composer cursed with a disfigurement following a Faustian pact who will stop at nothing in his attempt to make Jill Schoelen’s Opera singer a star through his music. There’s a string of ‘80s excess running through Phantom Of The Opera and while the occasional moment might feel like soap opera, there’s no denying that those involved wanted to create something that would hold-up when compared to other screen versions of Leroux’s book. Dwight H. Little’s film surprises on many levels. For a relatively how budget horror, this is incredibly stylish. The attention to detail through the set design and cinematography shows how much the horror genre has changed over the last 25 years. This might be a B-movie but it has the visual integrity of an A-grade production. It’s also good to see some strong make-up effects on display, and Englund seems to relish gluing on the latex for yet another iconic horror creation. You can see his dedication to the role, content that he’s playing a character that [...]