The Phantom of the Opera (1962)

The Phantom of the Opera (1962)
The Phantom of the Opera (1962)
  • NR
  • 1h 24m
  • 1962
Certified Fresh91%
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Hammer Films presents the most shocking version ever filmed of the classic The Phantom of the Opera. Mysterious mishaps bedevil a London opera house, but when tragedy strikes during an opening night performance, it becomes clear that these "accidents" are the deliberate work of a deranged madman - the Phantom (Herbert Lom). When Christine (Heather Sears), the young star of a new musical is contacted by the shadowy specter, her producer (Edward De Souza) investigates, tracking the ghostly Phantom to his secret underground lair. Disfigured and nearly destroyed, he now demands his hellish revenge. Christine, his new star, is the Phantom's one weakness, and he pays the ultimate price to keep his love alive.
© 1962 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh91%
Critics Consensus: Decades later, it still retains its ability to scare -- and Lon Chaney's performance remains one of the benchmarks of the horror genre.
Chicago Reader
J. R. Jones

Lon Chaney's performance as the hideous organist prowling the sewers beneath the Paris Opera is st...

June 22, 2017
Boston Globe
Ty Burr

A grand, pulpy potboiler of a suspense melodrama.

June 22, 2017
TIME Magazine

Though Mr. Chaney wears a more grotesque make-up than ever, the film play seems only pretty good.

June 21, 2017
Entertainment Weekly
Lawrence O'Toole

The main inducement to watch remains Chaney's tragic, ineffably sad figure.

June 21, 2017
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Horror
  • Release Date:July 28, 1962
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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