At the time I was thinking of the Phantom I was thinking of the character as a little more like that of the child murderer in To Die For. He's a serial killer who has as much a fascination with a specific type of murder as the way he does it is the point of the film. That's why while he always carries a knife and uses it often enough, he rarely performs a kill. The knife is his tool and as such he's very careful with it. He uses it only to do the little things that get him closer to his victims. That's why he tries to get a hold of their hearts. He's a collector and the hearts are his trophies. Normally he's not even shown to look at them. But in this film when he does have to see them, it sends him into a frenzy. He wants to go in and steal them, but he can't get to them. That's why in the film he has to get a rope and use it to tie up the girl who's giving him his troubles. He wants her to give him a heart to keep him satisfied, but she won't and in doing so he's enraged at her.The end of the film sees her being tied to a post with the rope he put around her tied to that. It gives the impression that he's going to throw her off a building, but I wonder if the end of the film didn't cut short because it was too edgy to do that.What really kills you about this film is the fact that this is a made for TV film. The really sad part of that is that this is the kind of film that could become a cult classic. In the end, it comes off like a film that's been cut to fit the times and in doing so puts a bit of a damper on the enjoyment you'd normally get out of a film like this. That's why I'm somewhat surprised it's so good. I'd like to see the killer get out of the sewers at the end of the film. It seems like a logical place for him to do it, but it'd be a shame if that were the case.
The Phantom Of The Opera is a wildly entertaining movie. But it may not be what it's reputed to be. In its original form it's the story of a madman who fell in love with a pretty singer. The opera sequences have no more or less to do with the story than anything else. And that in itself is a good thing. I suspect that if this had been a direct to video film rather than an LP, the opera sequences would be a bit of a drag. But to be honest I haven't heard any of those in years and I don't think I can remember much of anything about them. I don't remember much about the plot either. So I guess that's a good thing. What is a good thing is that Herbert Lom gives a terrific performance and that's something that every discerning fans should look for. (9/11/2007) (Colin Higgins) http://www.patreon.com/scifipulse
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