What happens when Dwight H. Little tries to make “Phantom of the Opera” into a horror movie? Freddy Krueger is turning in his grave right now.
The Phantom (Robert Englund) haunts the London opera in search for – no, not music – no, not love – for fresh skin! You see, Freddy, I mean Erik Destler (of all names!) made a pact with the devil (not Freddy) and the devil granted Erik immortality through music and at the same time turned his face into goo, which is where the skin hunt comes in handy.
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Tim Burton’s “Corpse Bride” is loosely based on a Russian folktale where a soon to be groom unknowingly cites his marital vows to what seems to him like a wooden stick that looks like a hand reaching out of the ground. The wooden hand comes to life and a terrified Victor (Johnny Depp) finds himself in the clutches of a cursed corpse bride.
At the very beginning of the movie you already realize that you are in for a meticulously composed piece of art. From the sweeping of the broom to the wagging of the tail to the cutting of the fish everything moves in the rhythm of the clockwork opening theme composed by Danny Elfman. The musical score is not quite as memorable as in “Nightmare before Christmas” and more generic, yet it does have its grand moments, e.g. the “Corpse Bride” song.
Being a Muppet fan, I watched the Muppets’ Wizard of Oz version hoping for the best expecting the worst. The result was somewhere in the middle. They really should have avoided CGI, esp. such incredibly crappy one as we get to see here. The only thing… err prawn that saves this movie is Pepe (Bill Barretta). He is hilarious, esp. the “nipples” scene is great.
The “Behind the scenes” also features him interviewing the cast and is a real treat, esp. his interview with Quentin Farentino… uh… I mean Tarantino who also has a small appearance in the movie (as himself).