Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The Phantom of the Opera

from Amazon.com via Google Images

The Phantom of the Opera

Before Andrew Lloyd Webber
wrote The Music of the Night,
a silent phantom
gave me a fright.
Even on a small screen
in black and white
the face was startling:
a damaged nose,
high cheek bones,
eyes that glowed.
A scream rose 
in my throat
and I cried out,

Thanks to J.lynn Sheridan for this week's Wordsmith Studio Creative Prompt-Shivers. When I was a child, there was a program on Saturday called Silents, Please, that showed silent movies. It introduced me to the work of Lon Chaney and the character of the Phantom. Little did I know that years later this story would be set to music and become a worldwide sensation. Yes, I did go to see the play.

What are your early memories of fright night films and scary stories?

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  1. Love it! So expressive. I remember screaming during the original of the movie, The Fly.

    1. Thanks, Carol. I think the old black and whites are the scariest!

  2. Ooooh, Phantom of the Opera. Don't you love the old black and white shows? Who needs color and gore? Remember Dark Shadows? I loved those shivers! Wonderful poem, Michelle.

    1. Thanks for the great prompt, Janice. One of the old black and white shows I remember is Alfred Hitchcock's show. It was as scary as his movies!