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Phantom of the Mall: Eric's Revenge
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Phantom of the Mall: Eric's Revenge (1989)

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"A guy called Eric (Hense the title) owns a huge house and some greedy people want to build a mall over it. So they get someone to burn down his house. Eric is badly burned but not dead, and a year later the mall opens. What they don't realise is that Eric is living underneath the mall and he's very angry!"

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Review Date: 23 September 2003 My Rating: out of 5


This modern re-telling of the classic tale 'The Phantom of the Opera' was released the same year as the Robert Englund version, yet went a very different route.

Young lovers Eric and Melody are tragically separated when greedy developers hire an arsonist to burn Eric's house down to allow them to build a new mall. Melody escapes but Eric is badly burned and presumed dead.

A year later the Midwood Mall is gearing up for it's official opening. Melody and her friends Suzie and Buzz, along with most of the townspeople have recently begun working there and everything seems to be going well for the town.

However Eric didn't die in the fire and he's back living in the deserted corridors and ventilation chambers of the mall, waiting for the right time to get his revenge in very bloody ways and win back the love of his beloved Melody.

This movie was enjoyable enough. I liked the clever little references to the origional story, such as Eric's lover being called Melody rather than being a singer, and the idea that he made his mask from a shop mannequin, as it's nice to see that the crew behind this had actually thought about the original.

Surprisingly, this film has a very well known cast including Pauly Shore, Morgan Fairchild, Tom Fridley (who played Cort in 'Friday the th Part ') and 'Scream ' star Kelly Rutherford, and even has an appearance from horror veteran Ken Foree as head of security (obviously he took the job to get over his problems in the last mall he went to in 'Dawn of the Dead').

Unmistakeably a product of the late 's the film is an enjoyable romp, but is not really as memorable or passionate as previous versions of the story. Then again it is only an 's slasher film.

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