From the Vault: the 2004 Phantom of the Opera

With Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical version of The Phantom of the Opera back on stage at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, now seems like a good time to pull our review of the stage show's feature film adaptation, which came out back in 2004 - the very first year Hollywood Gothique was in operation. Unfortunately, the film (after over a decade getting to the cinema screen) turned out to be a dud, failing to capture the magic of the stage version. There was much to complain about, but most ludicrous was the Phantom's allegedly horrible facial disfigurement, which resembled a mild case of acne. Read the whole thing here.

Steve Biodrowski, Administrator

A graduate of USC film school, Steve Biodrowski has worked as a film critic, journalist, and editor at Movieline, Premiere, Le Cinephage, The Dark Side., Cinefantastique magazine, Fandom.com, and Cinescape Online. He is currently Managing Editor of Cinefantastique Online and owner-operator of Hollywood Gothique.