Film: Phantom of the Megaplex

"The Phantom of the Megaplex strikes again!"

A 2000 Disney Channel comedy film. Very loosely based on The Phantom of the Opera, the story concerns strange happenings at a megaplex on the night of a major movie premiere, Midnight Mayhem. Pete Riley, the seventeen year old assistant manager of the theater has to cope with malfunctioning equipment, disappearing staff, and a broken popcorn machine! He investigates the troubles to find out if it's all a coincidence or the result of sabotage by a mysterious "phantom". Not to mention the antics of his younger siblings.

The movie provides examples of:

  • Accidental Misnaming: Wolfgang Nedermayer keeps getting Shawn's last name wrong. After Shawn is revealed to be the Phantom, Wolfgang comes down on him hard and gets his name wrong, again. This drives Shawn to scream and correct him. He tells him he did all this so he can get recognition and so Wolfgang would get his name right. But he's already fed up with his job and quit. A famous director decides to give him a movie deal, Phantom of the Megaplex: The Shawn McGibbon Story.
  • Actor Allusion: Unbelievably, Mickey Rooney as Movie Mason. He even gets the chance to sing!
  • Affectionate Parody: Of movies in general.
  • Another Story for Another Time: About the Werewolf of the Megaplex...
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Hilary may be the Team Mom, but between the stress of preparing the theatre for the premiere and dealing with the Phantom's shenanigans, she does not react well to two of Karen's friends hiding out in the bathroom in an attempt to sneak into the premiere.
  • Bizarrchitecture: The Megaplex.
  • Blame Game: Karen chews Bryan out for accusing the repair man was the Phantom.
    Bryan: Well, I don't hear you coming up with better ideas!
  • Brother-Sister Team: Bryan and Karen
  • Building of Adventure: Again, the Megaplex.
  • Cassandra Truth: Nobody will listen to Bryan about the Phantom, at first.
  • Catch Phrase: "The Phantom of the Megaplex strikes again!"
  • Character Development: Pete was too dedicated into his work. By the end of the movie, he decides to mellow out.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Pete, Karen and Bryan, must run in the family.
  • Description Cut: Pete and his mom are talking about the premiere, while Julie openly worries if he can handle the pressure. Pete assures her that he and the team are professionals who can handle anything. Cut to Shawn:
    Pete: Mom, we're professionals, we have everything under control.
    Shawn: (hangs up phone) It's a disaster!
  • Deus ex Machina: The sword.
  • Dramatic Unmask
  • Evil Laugh: The Phantom indulges in this a lot.
  • Elaborate Underground Base: Move Mason has one dedicated to old movies.
  • Finagle's Law: Basically, during the night of the premier, anything that can go wrong, does go wrong. Even Pete's mom and her boyfriend George have a lousy night, and they weren't even at the megaplex for most of the evening.
  • He Who Must Not Be Seen: The Phantom.
  • Jerkass: Shawn MacGibbon, many of the Hollywood-ites who show up for the premiere as well.
  • Jerk Jock: Donny Hollie. He enjoys giving Pete a hard time at his job.
  • Kick the Dog: Everyday Mason would come in to the Megaplex and offer his services, he'd even make a work schedule for himself and hand it over to Shawn for approval. And every single day, Shawn would kindly take the note, tear it up and throw it away... right in front of Mason.
    • That and calling him a freakshow during the grand opening, seriously, the man has zero respect for his betters. Considering how his superior Wolfgang keeps getting his name wrong, it's probably understandable.
  • Motor Mouth: "Racy" Lacy, the theater worker, known for being super fast in the talking department.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Terry, a.k.a. "Scary Terry", who enjoys recapping disturbing urban legends to anyone in earshot. Of course, it turns out that Terry herself is capable of being scared.