Thursday, February 19, 2009

Moment of Horror #4

Again from the silent dawn of Horror Cinema, another great moment. From one of my all time favourite films, the 1925 version of Phantom of the Opera, the unmasking of Eric. The mysterious figure first shown to the audience in shadow, and later as a masked phantom is finally revealed to not only Christine, but is filmed specifically that the impact of his grotesque features are right out front for the theatre audience's shock and horror.

5 comments:

Max the drunken severed head said...

This scene, even though I saw it first as a completely silent 8mm clip, unnerved me and my brother! (I was a teenager and he was young adult at the time.)

One of the finest moments in all film history.

Gary D Macabre said...

Max you have to check out the DVD "Ultimate Edition Phantom of the Opera". Beautiful print, although the tinted Hansheigl process takes a bit of getting used to. But the kicker is the 1925 version (the 1929 edit is the most common version)is included in classic B&W and is by far my favourite edit.

Robert said...

This scene is really the most epic scene in the whole film. Especially on the classic film version (the other versions weren't really that "scary"), where it really gets the audience.

Truly one of the most finest scenes in film history, as Max pointed out.

Max the drunken severed head said...

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