Brian De Palma is best known in the horror community for directing an adaptation of Steven King’s first published novel, the 1976 telekinetic horror film Carrie. However, before that he directed the criminally overlooked 1974 satirical horror musical Phantom of the Paradise. De Palma throws all of his creative tricks at the film, and of course along the way tosses in an homage to one his is idols, Hitchcock.
Phantom of the Paradise blends multiple genres of cinema and music into one hour and a half ride that’s full of dark humor, a bit of satire, and some great music by Paul Williams. Check out our video review for De Palma’s under-appreciated cult hit Phantom of the Paradise.