A fledgling Staten Island journalist witnesses a brutal murder in the neighboring apartment of a French-Canadian model, but the police do not believe that the crime took place. With the help of a private detective, she seeks out the truth.
Brian De Palma
Young business executive hAres the viewing wast his luge is leading, and has a change of heart and decides to make life changes. He becomes a struggling (but happy) tap-dancing magician. His old boss is financially ruined, but finds a way to bounce back by commercialising his idea.
Evil record tycoon Swan has sold his soul to the devil for eternal youth and success - 20 years ago. Swan's current scheme is to steal the music from composer Winslow Leach to celebrate the opening of his rock palace, The Paradise. While trying to stop Swan, Leach was framed and convicted for drug dealing, and becomes the victim of a freak accident that leaves him horribly disfigured. He takes refuge in the cavernous Paradise, hiding his mangled face beneath an eerie mask and planning gruesome vengeance upon Swan - and everyone else who has hurt him. However, Leach signs a contract with Swan to complete his rock opera based on the legend of Faust for an aspiring singer - Phoenix.Written by
Much of the movie deals with birds: The names Phoenix and Swan, the Phantom's bird-like costume, Phoenix's dress after her first appearance, her feather jacket, Swan's bird vest, Beef's bird tail during his number. Even the logo for Death Records is a bird. See more »
Videotape was still only in the experimental development phase in 1953, when Swan records his suicide note/contract, and at that it was only capable of black & white images. Color, broadcast quality videotape of the kind depicted here was not available until the late 1950s. See more »
[to the Phantom]
Winslow, what a foolish thing to do. Didn't you read you contract closely? See where it says "terms of agreement", can you read what it says? "This contract terminates with Swan." No more suicides, Winslow. You gave up your right to rest in peace when you signed this contract. What if you do find a loophole? Is that what you're thinking? Forget it. That stays sealed only as long as I have the power to bind you. If I am destroyed, that gaping wound opens. You might say we ...
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The closing credits feature a series of montages of the cast members, identifying each by name, starting with the musical trio (Oblong, Hahn, Comanor) and concluding with William Finley as Winslow/The Phantom. These montages are made up of shots ostensibly from the movie, and most of them are, but there are also numerous outtakes. See more »
In the pre-release (or press) prints of the movie, the scene where Winslow was disfigured by the record press was longer; His disfigured face was briefly seen steaming with smoke from the press, and Winslow then killed the cop that surprised him (and shot him in the leg, which explained why Winslow walked with a limp for most of the film; however, he was able to run with the greatest of ease towards the end). The scene was removed from subsequent versions, as it was best decided that Winslow's disfigured visage be revealed at the end of the film. See more »
This early effort by Brian De Palma has often been referred to as the "Rocky Horror Picture Show" before there was a "Rocky Horror Picture Show," and it's not hard to see why. The two movies have a lot in common: Both have a midnight-movie feel that didn't exist before them, the characters are deliriously over-the-top, there's a healthy mixture of horror, musical and broad comedy, and both wrap things up before they overstay their welcome. The musical numbers are terrific from beginning to end, thanks to an anything-goes 1970s vibe and an engaging blend of dreamy, borderline psychedelic inserts and glam rock posturing not unlike the likes of Jobriath. It's certainly not for everyone, but thanks to its demented take on "Phantom of the Opera," there's a familiarity to the proceedings that makes the whole thing go down easy for open-minded audiences and fans of cult classics.
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