After being abandoned as
a baby and taken away in a stream towards
a cave, some rats come to the rescue as
he is known as the Phantom (Julian Sands)
and grows up living in the caves and
plays his organ as well as murdering
intruders that trespass in his domain as
well as saving his pet rats from
But suddenly he seems to have a change of
heart when he encounters a beautiful
opera singer named Christine Daae (Asia
Argento) as he begins to lure her by
playing a haunting melody in which he
caresses her and she gives in to him.
However, he wants to keep her in his cave
and do his deeds in which she doesn't
want to so her keeps her there.
A charming young man at the opera named
Baron Raoul de Chagny (Andrea Di
Stepfano) who falls for Christine as well
tries to track her down and saves her
from the grasp of the Phantom.
A nice shot in a cave
with a baby floating in a cradle on a
stream with a bunch of rats circling
around it and then taking the cradle in
which looked cute along with a good close
up shot on a rat with it's eyes growing
There are many shots on Christine Daae performing and singing on stage which
looked quite impressive.
There's also many moments with the Phantom
caressing her and speaking
softly towards her with her soft
An impressive moment with Ignance, the
rat-catcher when his hand is
trapped in his rat catcher stabbing his
finger with some rats swarming around his
hand and biting in it.
We have a good lustful discussion between
Alfred and Paulette while making out and speaking
to one another in a corner of a cave and
a good shot on them later on walking the
alleyways with a sudden grab by the Phantom picking up Alfred and then
a good close up shot on him speaking evil and viciously towards him
along with a good shot throwing him down.
There's a good close up shot on Paulette screaming
in terror and then running away suddenly
getting caught with her foot between some
rocks along with a distant shot on the Phantom coming after her. A good
shot on her foot when she tries to break
free which makes you wonder if she'll
make it on time. We have many other
suspenseful shots on her when she tries
to escape and a good close up shot on the Phantom with his face next to her and then about
to bite her tongue off.
We some some artsy interesting shots on
people at a bathhouse getting out of the
pool, making out or massaging one
There's a corny moment with Ignance and supporting character Dwarf with their killing vehicle doing away
rats at the cave with a great deadly
A good presence by Christine performing
on stage with a camera looking up on the Phantom watching with her suddenly passing
out and the people looking worried
especially by him.
We spot a good shot on Christine walking
in the cave withthe Phantom playing
the organ and then he asks her to sing
We spot some nice lustful shots between
the two in bed with a good shot on Ignance peeking through a crack watching them.
There's a great moment on Christine screaming outside near the stream with
a good shot on The Phantom by going away
on his raft.
A well done scene with Carlotta Altieri performing on
stage meanwhile with the Phantom breaking open some cement of some sort
and then a part of a stage object
crashing on the orchestra with lots of
people fleeing and screaming.
We get a good shot on Christine screaming and crying floating away on a
raft with shots on the Phantom being shot to
Bottom line: An Italian version
of the good ole classic which works quite
well. It almost reminded me of Andy
Warhol's horror flicks
Frankenstein and Dracula
by the style it was done. This film
had was done in good taste. It's very exploited and a little
different since the Phantom doesn't wear
a mask to hide his ugliness yet he
doesn't look monstrous at the same time. There's many good dialogues and some
suspenseful scene's throughout the film
which I thoroughly enjoyed too. We have some odd dark humor here and
there as well as real intense moments too
especially between the Phantom and
Christine. Original fans of the movie may not enjoy
this as much but for others that enjoy
artsy film with skin and gore will
probably enjoy it.
The acting is not
too bad but I believe some of it is
overdubbed with American actors. Yet, it
is well performed with the voice over's.
Lead actor Julian Sands (The Phantom) was
marvellous playing the Phantom with his
soft and soothing voice to the one he
falls in love with and his insane and
aggressive actions towards the one's he
doesn't like putting it all together. He
has the right looks for the role too. In a certain scene he does well acting
physically aggressive towards his fellow actress to stay
in his domain.
Asia Argento (Christine Daae) shows a nice soft
speaking and lustful behavior in her role
of the film plus knew how to act
aggressive and emotional. She stood out
well with her opera singing too. A great screaming reaction with her outside near a stream in a certain part of the story.
Andrea Di Stepfano (Baron Raoul De
Chagny) as the charming
one in the film really showed a good
obnoxious attitude and also was good at
acting heroic too. A great aggressive
reaction on him at the bathhouse not satisfied with the
Nadia Rinaldi (Carlotta Altieri) stood out extremely
well playing an arrogant opera actress in
the film showing a good nasty and self
centered attitude to her role which made
her part totally believeable. Nice reahearsal performance by her and afterwards having an
arrogant behavior towards others. Plus a nice reaction on her acting worried and concerned while trying
to find who's talking to her during a certain scene. She also does well screaming afterwards when she's attacked by the Phantom character. Does well performing on
stage in another part of the story before a tragic moment happens.
Bubik (Ignance, the
rat-catcher) was quite a comedic character
in his role as the eccentric rat catcher
and had the perfect timing for the role
he played in the film which added a nice
touch to the whole story. There's a great reaction on him by screaming in pain when his hand is
trapped in his rat catcher. A good reaction on him after
discovering his finger bitten all the way
through after trying to get surgery with
an aggressive attitude.
David D'Ingeo (Alfred) was
one of the first people who got killed
off in the film but seemed to show a nice
charm to his part in the film. A great fearful reaction on him when attacked by the Phantom character.
Oh yes lots of nudity as we
have breasts exposed by Kitti Keri while
being seduced in a cave.
There gratitious nudity in a bathhouse
with men and women full nude. Yes folks
There's a tit shot on Asia Argento
while being seduced by the Phantom which
there's partial nudity on him too played
by Julian Sands.
There's a tit shot on Nadia
Rinaldi after the Phantom tears off
a top part of her costume.
A body is cut in half
A finger is cut all the way through
Someone is hurled into a sharp rock
A woman's tongue is bitten off by the
A guy's face and neck is being chewed off
by the Phantom
A dwarf's head is chopped off
Some gruesome looking rats are
The Phantom is bloodily shot
Ennio Morricone composes
some fast paced orchestral nmusic with
the Phantom chasing after a woman in his
cave plus there's some hokey music that
invovled a rat cather killing rats with
his vehicle in the cave.
There's some nice smooth and peaceful
violin playing during a lustful moment
between the Phantom and Christine. Plus
we have some quivering violin music for
the susenseful moments too.
Phantom: The role is yours
Christine Daae: I don't want it
The Phantom: I said that it's
Christine Daae: I said, I don't
want it. Tell me how many life did it
The Phantom: You shall sing
Julliete and I shall be there with you.
Christine Daae: I hate you!
The Phantom: Yes. Well, hate and
love are one.
Daae: I HATE you, and I HATE this