This is probably just my stupidity- but for years and years well actually up until this very moment I thought The Phantom was like the Beast. I thought on his exterior he may have been scary but deep down inside he was a kind loving person. Turns out- not so much. I'm not sure if that's the way things are in the musical- since I've never seen it but I wonder what always gave me that impression. Edit: Apparently those are sort of the way things are in the musical. This however paints the Phantom as nothing more than a brutal and crazed murderer. Very interesting- and what is the novel like? I'm too tired to do more research! Someone tell me.
Ok so I find myself dubious of most classic "scary" moments because for the most part I think it largely has to do with the fact that the audience had been exposed to nothing like that- and the times and the taboos and the whatever played an important role in how things were perceived and regarded. I'm telling you right now- I don't care how many times I've seen pictures of the Phantom without his mask on- when THIS happened
I was legit startled. It's something about the timing- how you don't expect the camera to switch that quickly to his revealed face once she pulls off the mask- or maybe it's just the terrifying concept that someone could make his own face look like that. In case you aren't aware- Lon Chaney did his own make up- somehow applying fish skin to your nose and gluing your ears back makes you look that terrifying. I don't care how he did it- it's pretty brilliant and amazing and freaking awesome. I want that poster put up in my room right now. This movie had some truly haunting moments that really just wowed me. Not to mention that organ music is probably the creepiest sounding thing in the world.
The movie is actually filled with stunning moments, I was particularly blown away by the scene where Christine is led down to the Phantom's lair- on horseback down those magnificent and towering stair cases- then led to a frickin boat that floats eerily down a river in the basement!? I loved it. I loved the masquerade scene and the "hold the phone" moment of stunning Technicolor. It was all such a surprise- since I had never really given much thought to this classic beforehand.
Now. Here is my big question- and perhaps I'll be exposing John Williams who knows- yes he is a genius- but I really can't find any record of him using the Phantom of the Opera as inspiration to compose his famous JAWS score. If someone can point me in the direction where I might find that- that would be awesome, because I'm really going nuts here trying to figure out who I need to call and what tabloids need to give me money. OK Here we go... The scene where the Phantom uses a pipe to swim underwater towards the boat is specifically what I'm referring to. Mmmm yes boat....water.....something sticking out of the water so we can tell there's something approaching said boat.....INDEED. If you have Netflix this scene is at about 1:14:00 when the pipe starts getting really close to the boat is where this shit goes down- I kid you not. John Williams is A THIEF. Well possibly just a man who knows a great music score when it hears it and recognizes the power it can unleash. But anyways.
I don't agree with a lot of Bravo's 100 Scariest Movie Moments but I'm going to have to nod my head in agreement with this one. Can you imagine seeing this in 1925? Holy Crap. And Lon Chaney big props to you for your genius makeup work. Really great man. Just really great.