"Phantom of the Paradise" (1974) is a cult musical horror comedy film directed by Brian De Palma. The story is a rock 'n' roll adaptation of "The Phantom of the Opera" and follows the aspiring musician Winslow Leach, played by William Finley, who is betrayed by a powerful record producer named Swan, portrayed by Paul Williams. Winslow is disfigured in a freak accident and becomes the Phantom, seeking revenge against Swan.
The film is known for its satirical take on the music industry, blending elements of horror, comedy, and rock opera. Paul Williams, in addition to his role as Swan, also wrote the music for the film, contributing to its unique and memorable soundtrack. "Phantom of the Paradise" has gained a cult following over the years for its inventive storytelling and distinctive visual style.
William Finley as Winslow Leach/The Phantom
Paul Williams as Swan
Jessica Harper as Phoenix
Gerrit Graham as Beef
George Memmoli as Philbin
Archie Hahn as The Juicy Fruits
Jeffrey Comanor as The Beach Bums
Peter Elbling as The Undeads