Today we end our malformed Halloween season with a look at Brian De Palma’s trippy musical extravaganza, “Phantom of the Paradise.”
Before Andrew Lloyd Weber gave the world his lesser-known version of Leroux’s famous novel, the bell-bottomed population of the 1970s was subjected to this prog/folk acid trip. The plot concerns a weird and disturbing composer who is maimed and turned into a weird and disturbing composer who wears a mask. Like Sia, only the music in this movie is better (it was written and largely sung by the legendary Paul Williams).
Surprisingly, the movie ended up being rather good, and the discussion was even better. Enjoy “Phantom of the Paradise” on Hindsight is Horrifying.