Phantom of the Mall: Eric's Revenge
Directed by Richard Friedman
With numerous interpretations of Gaston Leroux’s classic novel The Phantom of the Opera having been turned out over the years, it was only a matter of time before the slasher genre decided to take a stab at the tale – step forward 1989’s Phantom of the Mall: Eric’s Revenge! High school sweethearts Eric Matthews and Melody Austin are so in love, but their youthful romance is cut tragically short when Eric apparently dies in a fire that engulfs his family home. One year later and Melody is trying to move on with her life, taking up a job at the newly built Midwood Mall along with her friends. But the mall, which stands on the very site of Eric’s former home, has an uninvited guest – a shadowy, scarred figure which haunts its airducts and subterranean passageways, hellbent on exacting vengeance on the mall’s crooked developers.
A year after Melody's high school sweetheart dies in a fire, a shadowy killer has taken up residence in the new mall that stands on his former home.
Cast: Derek Rydall, Jonathan Goldsmith, Pauly Shore
It's worth a watch if you are a completist for 80s horror. Otherwise, this is slow and pretty forgettable.
I love when youre a hardcore 80s fan and "seen it all" yet somehow find random gems like this. I personally don't dislike any 80s horror especially when they're super 80s like. If you're newer to 80s horror and see this, might not be best thing you've seen, but you'll come back one day and have nostalgia for it.
Would make a nice double feature with Chopping Mall. It asked the question that no one really needed answered: "What if Phantom of the Opera was set in a shopping mall in the 1980's?" It checks all the boxes for VHS horror. Nothing truly spectacular in this. Very emblematic of the time. Also, Pauly Shore has a small role in it and The Vandals play the closing song on the soundtrack?
Fun setting, fun gore, and lots of nostalgia.
Would be 2.5 if possible. It was ok. Had a really fun setting and a couple of death scenes worth watching.