Casting Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger of the NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET series) as Gaston Leroux's venerable musical monster was probably a painful inevitability, so it may be just as well that veteran schlock producers Menahem Golan and Harry Alan Towers have gotten it out of the way. The
results are high on gross-out horror effects calculated to keep the coveted teen market awake and interested. However, despite some stylish bits of direction from Dwight H. Little (HALLOWEEN IV) and a few beguiling moments from Jill Schoelen (THE STEPFATHER) as the high-pitched heroine, Christine,
audiences generally are likely to spend much of the 95-minute running time battling b...