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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes pic! The Phantom of the Paradise is one of my favorite “culty” movie. I love Rocky Horror to death, but if there was any justice in this world Phantom would have as big of a cult following as Rocky does. Paul Williams’ catchy music, the punk/disco update to the old Phantom of the Opera story, a hotter than the sun Jessica Harper (yes, she’s still hot even after witnessing her seizure dance from the film), Gerrit Graham’s hilarious character known as Beef… there’s so much to love about this movie. It fires on so many cylinders, keeping it constantly engaging. So, if you haven’t seen it, cure yourself of that. Today’s pic features Paul Williams sitting in the Paradise talking with producer Ed Pressman (back to the camera) and is enlargeable! Thanks to Ari from Swan Archives for sending this along. If you dig Phantom of the Paradise as much as I do you’ll want to click through to see all the groovy stuff he has collected over the years! Hope you guys enjoy the pic (click for the bigger version)!

If you have a pic you think should be included email me. I’m looking for the iconic, the rare or the just plain cool behind the scenes shots to feature here. Tomorrow’s pic heads into the monkey business zone. See you folks then! -Quint Follow Me On Twitter

Previous Behind the Scenes pics: - Alien
- Big Trouble In Little China
- Clash of the Titans
- Dr. Strangelove
- Sesame Street
- The Birds
- The Dark Knight
- Batman (1989)
- Batman: The TV Series
- Stephen King’s IT
- Raiders of the Lost Ark
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
- Superman
- The French Connection
- Tron
- The Road Warrior
- Ghostbusters
- King Kong (’33)
- The Empire Strikes Back (Luke with Slate)
- Rebel Without A Cause
- Taxi Driver
- Metropolis
- The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
- Tommy Chong Meets The Blues Brothers
- The Empire Strikes Back (Filming the Crawl)
- John Carpenter’s The Thing
- Jaws
- Die Hard
- Aliens
- Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man
- The Howling
- Revenge of the Creature
- The Empire Strikes Back (Vader & Luke Duel)
- The Godfather
- Rambo III
- Vertigo
- Planet of the Apes
- Pan’s Labyrinth
- Labyrinth
- RoboCop
- The Adventures of Robin Hood
- Marathon Man
- Young Frankenstein
- Viva Las Vegas
- The Empire Strikes Back (Han driving a snow cat)
- Rio Bravo
- Giant
- Back to the Future
- The Time Machine
- War of the Worlds (1953)
- Alien (Chestburster)
- On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
- Dr. No
- The Twilight Zone
- Once Upon A Time In The West
- Lawrence of Arabia
- Star Trek: The Original Series
- The Empire Strikes Back (Luke in Wampa Cave)
- Edward Scissorhands
- The Warriors
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- Fantastic Mr. Fox
- Requiem for a Dream
- The Princess Bride
- Hard Boiled
- Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
- They Live
- The Empire Strikes Back (Tippet with Wampa)
- Dirty Harry
- Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
- Blade Runner
- Raiders of the Lost Ark (Periscope Ride)
- 1941
- The Godfather (Coppola & Brando)
- The Lady Eve
- 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea
- Godzilla
- The Empire Strikes Back (Bald Vader)
- Mary Poppins
- Alien 3
- Total Recall
- The Pink Panther
- Fawlty Towers
- The Trouble With Harry
- Beetlejuice
- The Shining
- Thriller
- An American Werewolf In London
- The Gate
- The Fly (1958)
- Halloween
- Army of Darkness
- Frankenstein
- Seed of Chucky
- Psycho
- John Carpenter’s The Thing (Bottin)
- Creature From the Black Lagoon
- Friday the 13th (1980)
- A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)
- Creepshow
- Night of the Living Dead (’68)
- Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man
- Silence of the Lambs- The Exorcist
- Alien (crouching alien)
- Alfred Hitchcock being awesome
- Son of Frankenstein
- The Mummy (1932)
- Re-Animator
- Nosferatu (1979)
- Nosferatu (1922)
- War of the Worlds
- Vincent (Tim Burton)
- Evil Dead II
- The Evil Dead
- The Shining (Kubrick Self Portrait)
- Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
- Casablanca
- Sahara (1943)
- Pumpkinhead
- Back to the Future
- Inception
- MacBeth (1948)
- Superman
- Twilight Zone (Nightmare at 20,000 Feet)
- The Public Enemy
- Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
- Barbarella
- Ghostbusters II
- The Thin Man
- Faust
- Batman TV Show
- The Adventures of Superman
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
- The Gold Rush
- Empire of the Sun
- Sunset Blvd.
- Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
- Star Trek: The Motion Picture
- The Seven Year Itch
- The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
- Dr. No
- Forbidden Planet
- The Empire Strikes Back (Irvin Kershner tribute)

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  • Nov. 30, 2010, 7:33 p.m. CST

    First Faust!

    by Tacom

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 7:39 p.m. CST

    Phantom rules

    by thecat

    Phantom of the Paradise ALWAYS blew away Rocky Horror. If not for Tim Curry, Rocky Horror would be shit, and even with him, the second half sucks big-time. Phantom is non-stop all the way through. Winnipeg definitely was right on with this one! (Any big Phantom fan knows what I am tlaking about!)

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 7:43 p.m. CST mention of director Brian De Palma?


    Come on, Quint. He made the movie. Just a slight oversight, dontcha' think?

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 7:46 p.m. CST

    Whoa, Deja Vu

    by destroytokyo

    Not an hour after listening to Adam Corolla's podcast from last week in which he extols the virtues of this movie ad nauseum does it show up here. I think Paul Williams is stalking me.

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 7:58 p.m. CST


    by Quint

    If someone doesn't know Brian De Palma made this movie that's on them, not me. Just sayin'. :)

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 8:18 p.m. CST

    POTP and RHPS...

    by ClayG

    Phantom of the Paradise is a great film, it's true. But a)it's pretty depressing, b)lacks an inspiring message like "Don't dream it, be it", and c)the music's not as memorable. The only song I can ever remember *clearly* when I'm done watching it is that one the Phantom sings that goes 'To work it out, I let them in/All the good guys and the bad guys that I've been...' I've never met anyone who sees Rocky and can't remember the songs.

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 8:20 p.m. CST

    Swan = Phil Spector

    by Anna Valerious

    The fact that Phil was not right in the head (Because his parents were first cousins) and had a nasty habit of killing people (Or threatening to kill them more often) and the fact Swan is based on him just makes the film a bit more creepier. I'm guessing in the redo Fox wants, it'll be based on Simon Cowell. Although I'm not sure what deals with satan Simon's made to be in the public consciousness this long...

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 8:20 p.m. CST

    BTW Clay...

    by Anna Valerious

    My Chemical Romance riffed on that line for their song "Sleep".

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 8:25 p.m. CST

    Awesome. Love this movie. Thanx Quint

    by ToughGuyRizzo

    I met Jess Harper at the 25th anniversary of Rocky Horror. I said I dunno if I love you more as Phoenix or Janet Majors

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 8:25 p.m. CST

    Awesome. Love this movie. Thanx Quint

    by ToughGuyRizzo

    I met Jess Harper at the 25th anniversary of Rocky Horror. I said I dunno if I love you more as Phoenix or Janet Majors

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 8:32 p.m. CST

    A truly prescient movie...

    by zinc_chameleon

    that predicted not only the coming of Punk, but of the Urban Cowboy (pretty, hold that for later). And the Antler Belt!

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 8:38 p.m. CST

    Have a feeling this talkback will be light on posts

    by 3D-Man

    Shame really. This film rocks.

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 8:41 p.m. CST

    If any justice in the world Hedwig and the Angry Inch

    by Dirk_The_Amoeba

    Would be second only to Rocky Horror. But I do loves me some Phantom.

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 8:58 p.m. CST

    I constantly try to dislike this movie...

    by LordPorkington

    But I fucking can't! The songs are too catchy and there's just something about it that makes me like it. Damn you Phantom! I think I'll get this on Netflix now because Lady Porkington hasn't seen it yet, although she hates Rocky Horror with a passion. She's a good lass.

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 9:02 p.m. CST

    Weird Al looks great there

    by Tigger Tales

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 9:31 p.m. CST

    Why does it always have to be one or the other around here?

    by ExcaliburFfolkes

    Liking films isn't a mutually exclusive pastime. Both The Phantom of the Paradise and The Rocky Horror Picture Show are marvelous films. And so is Hedwig and the Angry Inch, for that matter. No need to limit yourself or choose up sides.

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 9:31 p.m. CST

    saw this at the used book store a couple weeks ago

    by frank cotton

    went back to get it the next day (payday), and it was gone. in my defense, if i don't get a certain amount of coffee in me every day, i get a nasty headache. STARBUCKS won, i lost

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 9:38 p.m. CST



    Good point.

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 9:55 p.m. CST

    Tasty, Winslow, Tasty

    by Nasty In The Pasty

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 11 p.m. CST

    My favorite De Palma film.

    by Stuntcock Mike

    Big hit in my hometown. <p>

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 11:02 p.m. CST

    Jessica Harper

    by micbenxyy

    was Janet Majors in 'Shock Treatment'. I do not know if she played Janet Majors on stage, but Susan Sarandon was Janet in the 'Rocky Horror Picture Show'

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 11:10 p.m. CST

    When Paul Williams was a songwriting god!

    by spidar40

    This flick truly captured the music and soft rock ballads of the time - the track ''old souls'' in particular. Yes, it's dated - but that's the beauty of it. I mean, we're talking De Palma here folks + Rod Serling narrating at the beginning. Plus John Chambers at the makeup helm and that iconic ''owl mask'' An real classic....Thanks Quint!

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 11:12 p.m. CST

    "Good for nothing...bad in bed..."

    by darthliquidator

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 11:15 p.m. CST

    ...nobody like you, you're better off dead"

    by darthliquidator

    Williams' songs were brilliant..I still laugh thinking about the Beach Boys takeoff ("Carbarators, man!" And Harper sure as hell secured her place in cult film history with this film and "Suspiria"

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 11:19 p.m. CST

    ''Man, you better get yourself a castrato for this...''

    by spidar40

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 11:56 p.m. CST

    Hello?? Broadway producers??

    by spidar40

    This would KILL as a play!

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 12:03 a.m. CST

    Whatever happened to Paul Williams!

    by Drunken Busboy

    During the 70's the guy was everywhere then Poof! No where to be found! :(

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 12:16 a.m. CST

    "I am your nightmares coming true! I am your crime!"

    by ExcaliburFfolkes

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 12:18 a.m. CST

    Somebody has been listening to Adam Carrola.

    by GQtaste

    Adam brought this film up last week when the dude from Sugar Ray on his podcast.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 12:20 a.m. CST

    Case in point:

    by GQtaste

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 12:34 a.m. CST


    by ArcherNX01

    ....or Quint is having pre-BNAT 12 remembrances... or Quint is pre-cogging Gerritt Graham's death. Either way, who gives a shit? And that's the hell of it.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 1:03 a.m. CST

    whatever happened to Paul Williams?

    by paulloch

    Ishtar is the "short" answer. He and May really didn't survive that disaster. His last soundtrack for a movie, after an incredible string in the 70's. Also his bio says he had an alcohol/substance abuse problem during that time.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 1:35 a.m. CST

    Only Phoenix Can Sing My Songs...or do PHANTOM live!

    by tensticks

    September 2011 in Tempe, AZ. Watch for it!

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 1:55 a.m. CST

    That's it. BUGSY MALONE soundtrack is now on...

    by palimpsest

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 4:17 a.m. CST

    "Never thought I'd get to meet the devil..."


    "Never thought I'd meet him face to face... <p> ...Heard he always worked alone, that he seldom wrote or used the phone... <p> ...So I walked right up to meet him at his plaaaaceee!!" <p> (cue violins)

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 4:20 a.m. CST

    Only seen it once on TV as a kid.

    by TheManWhoCan

    It really stuck with me. I remember the phantom got deformed when his head was forced into a vinal record making machine. Great movie. Have to check it out again.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 5:01 a.m. CST

    I love "The Hell of It", but the rest of the songs are so-so

    by ricarleite2

    But regardless of that, this is one hell of a freaky movie. I remember watching the last 30 minutes on TV when I was about 10 years old (picking up when the Phantom finds Swan's videotaped contract), and I was absoolutely freaked out by it - made no sense whatsoever, and was so creepy and so bizarre, yet so beautiful.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 5:04 a.m. CST

    Oh, and "Faust" is also good. I know the lyrics of it.

    by ricarleite2

    "I was not myself last night, coldn't make it right, with apologies or flowers" - if I remember correctly...

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 5:07 a.m. CST

    Make the next behinds the scenes pic be BUGSY MALONE

    by ricarleite2

    Or, how I liked to call it, "Michael Jackson's Heaven".

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 6:51 a.m. CST

    Sorry, phantom is no RHPS

    by MurderMostFowl

    It's just so...creepy. RHPS had great songs going for it ( which is why there's a movie version in the first place, because of its popularity as a musical ) <BR><BR> Phantom is... well... like a late night creepy bmovie, if those existed anymore.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 6:58 a.m. CST

    "Trust Me"

    by jasper Stillwell

    ...Phantom predicts so much - the amorality of 'reality' TV, voyeuristic CCTV culture, the multi-media crossover landscape and it highlights the mechanical nature of the music industry perfectly. One of DePalma's best, and curiously, most underrated movies. No-one puts a foot wrong in this and Gerrit Graham should have been a household name.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 7:06 a.m. CST

    spidar40 - "You can sing it better than any bitch."

    by ExcaliburFfolkes

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 7:29 a.m. CST

    I Have To Admit...

    by Aquatarkusman

    70s movies with original music (musicals or otherwise) are probably my least favorite genre; just awful fucking quasi-rock sounds. Phantom at least has a lot of other things going for it.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 7:38 a.m. CST

    For what it's worth...

    by ClayG

    I don't think people really have to dislike one thing to like another. I was just responding to the tone of 'thecat's' post, where he said Phantom 'always blew away' Rocky Horror. RHPS is my favorite film of any kind, so naturally there's a preference there. But I do think Phantom is a great film, and I also love Hedwig. I actually, once again, think Hedwig is a better film the Phantom because the songs are stronger and the work as a whole is more cohesive. But I like, and own, all three. (I also like Shock Treatment, which a lot of Rocky fans seem not to. I think Jessica Harper is great in that as well.)

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 7:39 a.m. CST

    by ClayG

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 7:39 a.m. CST

    'better film THAN Phantom.'

    by ClayG

    Fucking typos.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 8:09 a.m. CST

    Anna Valerious..

    by ClayG

    I wouldn't know (about that song reference). Never heard 'Sleep.' Can't say I'm really an MCR listener.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 8:15 a.m. CST

    ''SUCK'' is another underrated gem..

    by spidar40

    ....and the cast....well, lets just say - it fucking rocks!

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 8:39 a.m. CST

    Actually watched this for the first time this past weekend

    by SpookyOtaku

    definitely comparable to Rocky Horror. Never noticed how much Paul Williams looked like a midget Bowie.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 8:46 a.m. CST

    ExcaliburFolkes- ''You don't know how right you are, goliath!''

    by spidar40

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 9:34 a.m. CST

    It WAS bigger than Rocky Horror ...

    by Royston Lodge

    ... in Winnipeg, Manitoba.<p>

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 9:51 a.m. CST

    Paul Williams was The Penguin on Batman: TAS

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Great performance, too.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 10:52 a.m. CST

    Paul Williams best work was....

    by Damned if I can login

    Emmit Otter's Jug Band Christmas<p>That is all.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 11:06 a.m. CST

    That MCR song...

    by Anna Valerious

    Here it is, line creeps in at 1:52-

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 11:20 a.m. CST

    Time for a Smokey and the Bandit BTS pic

    by Inexplicable_Nuclear_Balls

    Little Enos rules!

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 1:13 p.m. CST

    The end title sequence timed to "The Hell Of It"

    by skimn

    Nice timing of music and visuals with selected scenes of the cast. Spotted William Finley as a killer in The Black Dahlia. And yes, he's as good lookin as ever. And I've said this before, but look for Sissy Spacek in the credits as set dresser, prior to DePalma hiring her as Carrie, as she's married to set designer Jack Fisk.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 1:27 p.m. CST


    by JustinSane

    Salutations from the other side!

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 3:15 p.m. CST


    by Anna Valerious

    That's just so bizarre, because in the case of POTP and Spector, that was life imitating art...and "Black Dahlia" was the reverse...

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 4:57 p.m. CST

    The Phantom of the Paradise is a one of a kind

    by AsimovLives

    I admire the movie for it's pizzazz. It's almost besides the point if i like it or not.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 5:11 p.m. CST

    Better BTS pic of this film to use

    by MoshMasterD

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 5:13 p.m. CST

    try again

    by MoshMasterD

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 5:15 p.m. CST

    OK, the web addy has spaced out a little

    by MoshMasterD

    if you don't get in, backspace the uneccessary spaces

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 10:58 p.m. CST

    Maybe I can help with that

    by Principal_Archivist