Vintage Horror Films: The Phantom of the Opera (1962)

Local horror-film obsessed blogger Zombiefan gives us his take on the 1962 version of The Phantom of the Opera.

Hammer Horror puts its spin on the iconic story of The Phantom of the Opera. As one would expect, the sets are huge and rich with detail. Furthermore, Director Terence Fisher [House of Dracula, Curse of Frankenstein] knows his way around a horror film and gets nice performances out of the entire cast.

The high spots in Phantom are the performances of Herbert Lom as the Phantom and Michael Gough as bad guy Lord Ambrose d’Arcy. Lom’s phantom is not as diabolical as Chaney’s original, but the scene where he rehearses Christine is great as he turns up the mean in order to help her reach her potential. Michael Gough [Batman, Sleepy Hollow] is fabulous as d’Arcy. He pretty much steals the show and takes change of every scene he’s in.


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