Phantom of the Opera (1925 movie)
The Phantom of the Opera (1925) is a silent horror movie. It is based on a novel by Gaston Leroux. The movie was directed by Rupert Julian. The story is about a deformed man who haunts the Paris Opera. He wants the managers to make the woman he loves a star. To do so, he terrorizes everyone. The movie stars Lon Chaney as The Phantom and Mary Philbin as Christine. It is famous for Chaney's horrific, self-applied make-up. The movie was a great success. The critics liked it. Executives at Universal Pictures were pleased. They put a string of horror movies into production. These movies included Bela Lugosi's Dracula and Boris Karloff's Frankenstein. Phantom was chosen for preservation in the United States National Film Registry.