Phantom of the Paradise (1974)

USA, 1974
35mm film, colour (Deluxe), 1.85:1
stereo, English

An American comedy musical horror film directed by Brian De Palma.

Plot Summary

Record producer Swan steals music written by composer Winslow Leach and seduces Phoenix, the woman he loves. Driven mad by an accident in a record pressing plant that leaves him facially disfigured, Leach plots his revenge on Swan and starts haunting his rock venue, The Paradise. Leach eventually signs a contract with Swan to write a rock opera based on Faust on the promise that Phoenix will be the star. But things turn very nasty when Swan betrays Leach.


Directed by: Brian De Palma
© MCMLXXIV [1974] Harbor Productions Inc
Harbor Productions presents a Pressman Williams production
Executive Producer: Gustave Berne
Produced by: Edward R. Pressman
Associate Producers: Paul Lewis, Bill Scott, Jeffrey Hayes, Michael Arciaga
Written by: Brian De Palma
Director of Photography: Larry Pizer
Editor: Paul Hirsch
Words and Music by: Paul Williams
Additional Scoring Composed and Conducted by: George Aliceson Tipton
Sound: James Tanenbaum
Sound Mixer: Al Gramaglia, Magno Sound Inc.
Costume Designer: Rosanna Norton
Makeup Design: John Chambers
Makeup: Rolf Miller
Hair Stylist: Anna Sugano
Special Effects: Greg Auer
Production Designer: Jack Fisk
Set Dresser: Sissy Spacek
Choreographer: Harold Oblong

Paul Williams (Swan)
William Finley (Winslow/The Phantom)
Archie Hahn, Jeffrey Comanor, Harold Oblong (The Juicy Fruits, The Beach Bums, The Undeads)
George Memmoli (Philbin)
Gerrit Graham (Beef)
Jessica Harper (Phoenix)
Colin Cameron, David Garland, Gary Mallaber, Art Munson (band)
Mary Margaret Amato, Rand Bridges, James Bohan (Swan’s entourage)
Herb Pacheco (assassin)
Jennifer Ashley, Janit Baldwin, Janus Blythe, Katherine Mastellos, Robin Mattson, Patrice Rohmer, Ruthy Ross, Cheryl Smith, April Troy (groupies)
Walter Foster, Peter Harrell (cops)
Troy Haskins (judge)
Gene Gross (warden)
Henry Calvert (nightwatchman)
Ken Carpenter, Sam Forney (stagehands)
Leslie Brewer, Celia Derr, Linda Larimer, Roseanne Romine (surfgirls)
Nydia Amagas, Sara Ballantine, Kirsti Bird, Cathy Buttner, Linda Cox, Jane DeFord, Bibi Hansen, Robin Jeep, Deen Summers, Judy Washington, Susan Weiser (dancers)
Janet Savarino, Jean Savarino (singing twins)
Keith Allison (country and western singer)
Bobby Birkenfeld (guy)
Sandy Catton & friends (black singers)

Alternative Titles

Aavemusa – Finland
Il fantasma del palcoscenico – Italy
El fantasma del paraíso – Spain
O Fantasma do Paraíso – Brazil
Le fantôme du paradis – Canada (French)
Das Phantom im Paradies
– West Germany
Phantom of the Fillmore
Phantom of the Paradise – Aavemusa
– Finland
Phantom of the Paradise – French title

Extracts included in
Hollywood Rocks the Movies: The 1970s (2002)
Terror in the Aisles (1984)

See also
Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
El fantasma de la ópera (1960)
Il fantasma dell’opera (1998)
Opera (1987)
Das Phantom der Oper (1916)
Phantom of the Mall: Eric’s Revenge (1989)
Phantom of the Megaplex (2000)
Phantom of the Opera (1943)
The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
The Phantom of the Opera (1962)
The Phantom of the Opera (1983)
The Phantom of the Opera (1989)
The Phantom of the Opera (1990a)
The Phantom of the Opera (1990b)
The Phantom of the Opera (2004)
The Picture of Dorian Gray (1913)
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
Ye ban ge sheng (1962)



  • Castle of Frankenstein no.24 p.49
  • Castle of Frankenstein no.25 pp.22-26
  • Cinefantastique vol.4 no.1 (Spring 1975) p.31 – review
  • CinemaTV Today no.10134 (17 May 1975p.16 – review
  • Fangoria no.208 (November 2001) p.65 – DVD review
  • Filmmakers’ Newsletter vol.8 no.4 (February 1975) pp.21-27 – article
  • Films and Filming vol.21 (June 1975) pp.36-38 – review
  • Films Illustrated vol.4 (May 1975) pp.328-329 – review
  • Film Quarterly vol.31 no.1 (1977) pp.32-38 – article
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.233 no.35 (29 October 1974) p.3 – credits, review
  • The Listener vol.120 no.3092 (8 December 1988) p.47 – review
  • The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction vol.286 (March 1975) pp.85-87 – review (A funky, faustian, filmorian phantom by Baird Searles)
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.42 no.496 (May 1975) pp.112-113 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Photon no.26 (1975) pp.15-18 – illustrated credits, review
  • Shivers no.89 (May 2001) pp.34-37 – illustrated article
  • Shivers no.90 (June 2001) pp.14-15 – illustrated article
  • Starlog no.270 (January 2000) pp.70-75 – illustrated interview with Gerrit Graham (Memorable character by Tom Weaver)
  • Time Out no.312 (5 March 1976) p.8 – review
  • Variety 30 October 1974 p.42 – credits, review


  • The 100 Best Movies You’ve Never Seen by Richard Crouse pp.169-173
  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.296
  • Comedy-Horror Films: A Chronological History, 1914-2008 by Bruce G. Hallenbeck pp.217 – credits
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  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.303
  • The World of Fantasy Films by Richard Myers p.23