By Maria Mitchell
Phantom of the Paradise (1974). Composer: Paul Williams.
As time has gone by, I’ve become convinced that this wild, comic-strip-like homage to various horror film classics, from Psycho to Frankenstein, is the definitive film version of Phantom of the Opera. I’ve seen various film versions of this story and have found a beef in all of them. But never one quite like this.
Director Brian De Palma utilizes satire in this film well. What’s scary …