Subgenres of Terror 2016: 30 Best Haunting Films

The following reviews were extracted from a database and formatted for this book. Tales of Terror (www.terror.ca) is a “gamified” tool designed for horror fans, students, authors and filmmakers. “Gamification” is the transformation and adaptation of tangible concepts into empirical games. This book covers franchise and public domain horror movies only. This rule ensures that each movie can be logically related and compared to another or grouped by similarity. Movies can therefore be classified, and sorted according to inherent properties.

The Phantom of the Opera

A disfigured music composer in love with a singer kills those who stand in his way.

 

United States
1989
Feature Film
Realism: 
Surreal
Stalker: 
Sneaker
Trespasser
Catastrophes: 
Fire
Dimensional: 
Nightmare
5.04
Strikes a chord!
5.04
5.04
7.04
7.04
2
3
2
Photography
Dialogue
Performances
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.
Alternate Titles: 
Phantom of the Opera: The Motion Picture
Gaston Leroux's The Phantom of the Opera
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