When you hear that there was an adaptation of The Phantom Of The Opera made in 1989, starring Robert Englund, you probably think its going to be a bloody and cheesy take on it, right? Especially when the poster says “First he was Freddy, now he’s The Phantom,” right? Well, you would be very wrong; just like we were. This adaptation, while much more of a horror movie than any others, is actually said to be the most faithful adaptation to the Gaston Leroux original novel. Aside from the present day scenes in the beginning and end, it’s a very serious take on The Phantom. It does have some somewhat gory parts, along with some great makeup effects when he is putting on and taking off his face, but over all was pretty much a snoozefest. Speaking of snoozefest, one of us *cough* Ryan *cough* actually fell asleep for a small section of this movie.
Next week on the podcast, we are watching a movie that truly buried a franchise for many years. In 1994, future oscar winners Renee Zellweger & Matthew McConaughey starred in the absolutely horrendous Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation. It’s the tale as old as time: a group of teenagers get into a car crash in the Texas woods on prom night, and then wander into an old farmhouse that is home to Leatherface and his insane family of cannibalistic psychopaths.
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