ALICE COOPER: WELCOME TO MY NIGHTMARE
1975, 84 min, USA, Dir: David Winters

To support his first solo album, king of shock rock Alice Cooper put together his most elaborate stage show yet and took it on the road. Built around the concept of a young boy’s nightmares, the production featured such hits as “I'm Eighteen” and “School's Out” along with songs from the Welcome to My Nightmare album. With a great band including guitarists Dick Wagner and Steve Hunter, the Coop is in terrific form throughout this London-shot concert film, a longtime staple of the midnight movie circuit.


PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE
1974, 20th Century Fox, 92 min, USA, Dir: Brian De Palma

Director Brian De Palma’s vivid reimagining of The Phantom of the Opera is at once camp, surreal, dazzling and heartbreaking. Cutthroat record producer Swann (Paul Williams, who also wrote the fine score) steals both the music and the girl from composer Winslow Leech (William Finely). Horribly disfigured in an attempt to reclaim his artistic credit, Leech becomes the Phantom at Swan’s new rock palace, the Paradise. Jessica Harper, contributing her creamy alto, plays Leech’s love interest, and Gerrit Graham is hysterical as glitter-rock star "Beef." De Palma turns what could have been a lightweight indulgence into clever pop-culture commentary.


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