Cinema: Ho-ho-horror

The Phantom of the Opera. Two eyes blaze in the darkness like candles flickering inside a skull. Flesh hangs from the skull in soggy clumps. Black bags hang from the eyes like evil growths. The nose is two wormy holes. The ragged lips reveal a clutter of dirty tusks. And over the ghastly object hangs a straggle of stringy hair that looks like horrid skinny legs and suggests that on top of the skull there may be something squatting.

As Lon Chancy portrayed him in the 1925 shocker, the phantom of the opera was a sight to make small boys behave. After...

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