The Movie: Phantom of the Opera (1925)
What Is It?: The first true American horror film that looks like a full-blown, Hollywood production, trumpeting a cast of thousands and exquisite costumes and sets, particularly the Phantom’s underground labyrinth. As familiar as stills of Lon Chaney's face as Erik the Phantom are, the uninitiated may be surprised by how truly scary that puss is when moving on the screen. Here the Universal era and the golden age of horror begins.
Why Today?: On this day in 1909, the serialized publication of Gaston Leroux’s novel begins in Le Gaulois.