The Phantom of the Opera (1962)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 
PROS –
1) A wronged disfigured music composer finally gets salvation by seeing his written opera performed.
2) Striking set-designs especially the Phantom’s lair.
3) A decent gothic adaptation of the Gaston Leroux‘s Le Fantôme de l’Opéra by Terence Fisher. He managed to complete the story in 84 minutes avoiding any tedious romantic angles.

 

 

CONS –
1) Heather Sears as Christine Charles was definitely not the best option to play the lead.

 

 
QUOTE –
Harry Hunter: You’re an artist. You’re not going to let a little thing like a ghost upset you.

The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1960)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 0
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

VERDICT – 1/5

 
PROS –
1) Christopher Lee’s performance as Paul Allen stands out. He should’ve played the role of Dr. Jekyll. Another notable mention is Norma Marla as Maria.

 

 
CONS –
1) This version of  Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde appears nothing like the original version by Robert Louis Stevenson. This is rather a family drama involving a cuckold husband trying to get back to his unfaithful wife.
2) Paul Massie as Dr. Jekyll is a complete disaster in the main role.

 

 
QUOTE –
Mr. Hyde: I was forgetting that even the most honest of women need to be courted with the most dishonest of phrases.

The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) A well made 87 minutes long adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s novel.
2) Peter Cushing’s performance as Sherlock Holmes was very close to the one portrayed by Jeremy Brett years later.
3) The right amount of thrill and suspense with decent production value.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Sherlock Holmes: This, I think, is a two-pipe problem.