Who’s up for a Bit of Lighthearted Spooky Fun?

You are? Good. My contribution for the spooky fun bit is the original 1985 music video for The Phantom of the Opera. What’s so spooky about that, you say? Several things, actually.

1. Sarah Brightman’s eyes. In this video she has the freakiest stare I have ever seen on another human being. Personally, I thought that was scarier than the Phantom’s face.

2. Raoul’s mullet. No one should wear mullets. Ever.

3. The fact that the actor playing the Phantom in this video, Steve Harley, was originally cast as the Phantom. When he sings, I do not hear “Angel of Music”; I hear “Rock Guy I Cannot Take Seriously because His Voice is Not Awesome Enough”. Fortunately, the powers-that-be recast Michael Crawford in the role before the musical was launched in 1986, and the world was spared the misfortune of listening to Steve Harley trying to be thunderous.

There are laughs in this, too, such as the fact that the Phantom’s cape is way too long and makes him look like Batman…the overdramatic gestures…okay, I laugh at pretty much everything in this video.

All I can say is that if the actual musical had been anything like this, I do not think it would have lasted this long.


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2 responses to “Who’s up for a Bit of Lighthearted Spooky Fun?

  1. rosariamarie

    That lady’s stare does look rather creepy. What’s up with her?

    So….do you intend to add clips from “The Trouble with Harry” to your semi-macabre Holloween movie celebration?

    • Many people have tried to figure out what’s with the stare. As far as I know, no one is entirely sure. If you think that stare is creepy, though, you should see clips of her from the actual musical–specifically her hair. You’d think she’d stuck her finger in a light socket before going on stage with how frizzy it is.

      I hadn’t thought of including clips from “The Trouble with Harry”, but that’s a good idea. Another video I was contemplating posting was one I made. It features this song (“The Phantom of the Opera”) set to clips from the 1943 movie of the same name starring Claude Rains and our favorite baritone, Nelson Eddy. 😉 He mercifully only shows up for about three seconds and does no singing, though.

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