THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (il fantasma dell`opera) (1998 ITALY HUNGARY) D/W: DARIO ARGENTO W: GERARD BRACH P: GIUSEPPE COLUMBO/ARON SIPOS
Julian Sands is a non-scarred, long-haired phantom in this nutty yet dull version of Gaston Leroux`s novel that mixes in elements of WILLARD. He was raised in the catacombs by rats and kills people in gory ways. Asia Argento is the opera star`s understudy whom he loves and has a psychic link with. Other characters include a little girl-chasing pedophile opera house owner and a rat catcher (and his dwarf assistant Sandor Bese) who build a rat vacumn `n` kill machine they drive around in (the best part of the film). The Italian supporting cast must have learnt their English dialogue phoneticaly as the delivery is terrible and completely ruins the black comedy angle (which was crap anyway). With Andre Di Stefano, Massimo Carchielli and Denes Vjlaky. Claudio Argento was the Executive Producer.

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