Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Phantom of the Paradise (1974)

Director: Brian De Palma

Writer: Brian De Palma

Composer: Paul Williams

Starring: William Finley, Paul Williams, Jessica Harper, Gerrit Graham, George Memmoli, Archi Hahn, Jeffrey Comanor, Peter Elbling, Rod Serling

More info: IMDb

Tagline: The music made him do it!

Plot: A disfigured composer sells his soul for the woman he loves so that she will perform his music. However, an evil record tycoon betrays him and steals his music to open his rock palace, The Paradise.

My rating: 7.5/10

Will I watch it again?  Yes.

This is one of those pictures like THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (1975) that you throw on for a bunch of your friends.  Bust out the liquor sauce.  It's fun,  IMDb trivia says that De Palma had wanting to make this since the 60s so that means it predates ROCKY HORROR.  The music is great as are the costumes and overall vibe.  It's basically a rock 'n' roll update to The Phantom of the Opera story but it's more fun than it sounds.  Paul Williams is just the shit in this picture.   It's campy like RH and in all the right ways.  And it's got De Palma's director stamp all over it.  Don't overlook this one.  I wish I hadn't for all these decades.

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