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Genres: Comedy , Fantasy , Horror
Actors: William Finley , Paul Williams , Jessica Harper , Gerrit Graham , George Memmoli , Archie Hahn , Jeffrey Comanor , Peter Elbling , Colin Cameron , David Garland , Gary Mallaber , Art Munson , Mary Margaret Amato , Rand Bridges , James Bohan
Director: Brian De Palma
Country: United States
Year: 1974
IMDB Rating: 7.0/10 (7508 votes)

Rock Opera version of Phantom Of The Opera with elements of Faust. Record producer Swan steals both the music and the girl (Phoenix) from composer Leach. Disfigured Leach plans revenge on Swan and his rock palace, The Paradise, and becomes The Phantom. Leach signs _contract_ with Swan to complete rock opera based on the life of Faust for Phoenix. Double crossed by Swan who hires _heavy metal_ singer Beef, Leach exacts his vengeance.

Film Review

I love this film. It has flaws, but it's such a unique animal I'm willing to overlook them for the sake of lines like "Teeth…are a source of infection," and "Somebody get a fire extinguisher!" De Palma, you adorably sick F***.For years, however, one thing bothered me about it: it doesn't make any sense. Think about it: Why would a character with as much to lose as Swan risk everything…just to screw over Winslow Leach? Want the music? BUY it. He loves Phoenix? Let's see how he feels after this blonde goes on her knees. Why do everything in your power to ensure this guy is going to come after you? Other prisoners, after all, have to add the tiddly-wink pieces: only WINSLOW has to wear the humiliating little hat.The answer, I think, lies in the production design: all those mirrors. Swan is the ultimate narcissist, a narcissist so in love with himself he'd sell his soul to preserve his "perfect" body. Enter Winslow, a fellow narcissist…

One of My favourite musicals. Toe-tapping songs, a disfigured hero, and evil mogul, a pretty girl. It's got most things a good film needs. The witty humor works almost to perfection. I have to say the strongest character is Beef. One of the campest and funniest characters ever to appear on film. And the best song… Life At Last by a mile. I wouldn't say that this is better than Rocky Horror, but it's up there with the great musical comedies. All of the characters have great relationships. And also an ending which, had some more work gone into it, could of possibly been a good tearjerker. This is definitely one of the greatest musical comedies ever. Wonderfully dark, incredibly witty, and the greatest Psycho send-up ever. What more could you want.

Wislow love music and for some reason, he begin to play in a piano one of his songs called "Faust". The famous producer Swan hear it and stole it his music. Wislow fall in love with Phoenix, a beautiful girl with a beautiful voice. Wislow is sent probably to hell. But he return to take revenge…This could be a kind of synopsis for Brian De Palama cult classic "Phantom of the Paradise", a wild stylish film, unique in its kind. One year before of extraordinary "Carrie", De Palma brings to us one kind of horror musical comedy (If we call it like that) that is no more or less that based in famous stories "Phantom of the Opera" and "Faust" by Goethe, but how are mixed is the thing that we must see. The story is told sometimes quickly, and do things that we really don't expect, but this is a film that can be victim of a public with no patience or, give it the case a lot of times, people who expect a typical horror story, in this case, a…