The Phantom of the Opera (1925)

The Phantom of the Opera (1925)

The Phantom of the Opera (1925)

Universal Pictures silent horror, featuring Lon Chaney's iconic depiction of the deformed Phantom who haunts the Paris Opera House. Directed by Rupert Julian (who was New Zealand's first film actor and director), but recut by the studio before release.

1925Rating: PG93 minsUSA
HorrorClassic

The Phantom of the Opera (1925) / Reviews

Variety

Variety

Kerry is a colorless hero, Philbin contents herself with being pretty and becoming terrorized at the Phantom, and Chaney is either behind a mask or grimacing through his fiendish makeup.

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Total Film

Total Film

It succeeds in spite of itself and it's all thanks to Chaney. The man of a thousand faces imbues this character with bravado and menace.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

An ultra fantastic melodrama, an ambitious production in which there is much to marvel at in the scenic effects.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

An eerie mixture of poetry, gothic melodrama and a surreal Feuillade-style serial.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

It has two elements of genius: It creates beneath the opera one of the most grotesque places in the cinema, and Chaney's performance transforms an absurd character into a haunting one.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Chaney's magnetism and the overall impact of the suspense and reveal is still impressive.

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