Film / The Phantom of the Opera (1962)

The Phantom of the Opera with Hammer Horror approach, released in 1962. Like many other Hammer productions, it was directed by Terence Fisher.

A mysterious man, only known as The Phantom (Herbert Lom) coaxes young singer named Christine Charles (Heather Sears) to be the perfect singer in the London opera house. He is in fact a former professor named Petrie, whose work was stolen by the Opera's owner Lord d'Arcy (Michael Gough), and who now seeks to have his musical ambitions met.

This film has the examples of:

  • Absent-Minded Professor: The former landlady of Professor Petrie describes him as this. He taught singing at the academy... when he remembered to go there.
  • Adaptational Heroism: The Phantom did not kill anyone inside of the film and is more noble.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Petrie gets to hear his music performed, but dies saving Christine.
  • Depraved Dwarf: Petrie's unnamed hunchbacked assistant, who performs all the killings in the film.
  • Dramatic Unmask: Used twice by Petrie:
    • First his face is revealed offscreen by Lord d'Arcy by ripping off his mask, who promptly runs away at the sight of it, never to be seen again.
    • He does this second time by randomly taking off his mask before swooping in to rescue Christine from a Falling Chandelier of Doom.
  • Eek, a Mouse!!: Even though she isn't showing any fear, Hunter picks up Christine anticipating this reaction and places her on top of a crate when they see escaped rats from rat catcher's bag scurrying about.
  • Evil Albino: The acid that splashed on Petrie's face has gradually turned his skin and hair grayish pale over the years.
  • Eye Scream: Petrie's assistant kills the rat catcher by stabbing him in the eye with a knife. There's also the fact that one of Petrie's own eyes is missing, presumably because the acid that disfigured his face melted it away.
  • Facial Horror: Thanks to the acid that splashed on Petrie's face, half of it has died.
  • Fainting: When Christine comes face to face with The Phantom the first time, she screams and faints on the spot.
  • Lighter and Softer: Contrary to the other adaptations, only two people die in the movie, and neither by Phantom's hands.
  • Mad Artist: Only thing that Petrie cares about now is his music getting released.
  • Peek-a-Boo Corpse: Petrie's assistant sabotages Carlotta's performance by ripping a piece of scenery and letting a hanged corpse appear to terrify everyone.
  • Show Within a Show: Petrie's opera about Joan of Arc.
  • Single Tear: Petrie sheds a tear as Christine sings his work on stage.
  • Sleeping with the Boss: It is heavily implied that Lord d'Arcy is more interested in hiring women who are willing to do this than the ones with actual singing talent.
  • The Speechless: Petrie's assistant cannot speak, so even he doesn't know his name.
  • Staggered Zoom: The opening credits take place as camera does this on the Phantom's one good eye.
  • Standard Snippet: Petrie plays Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor with his pipe organ as his assistant kidnaps Christine.