Phantoms of the Opera: From Horror to Heartthrob - Virtual Class

Examine how the Phantom of the Opera has morphed from ghastly horror villain to tragic romantic lead through our shifting societal perception of heroes, villains, and sexuality since 1909. Taught by Kris Hambrick.

February 2, 2021


Gaston Leroux’s 1909 story of a beautiful ingenue under the thrall of a mysterious masked man under the Paris Opera has seen over 50 adaptations, from silents to lush technicolor to psychedelic musicals to children’s TV. The plot is always generally the same... but over the years something has happened to the story and the role it plays in our popular consciousness. The Phantom has gone from being the Villain to the Romantic Hero—no longer the other that threatens our domestic happiness but the dark sensual fantasy for which we long. How has society and our conception of heroes, villains, and sexuality made this change inevitable. Join film scholar Kris Hambrick in seeking answers through this exploration of the various iterations of the Phantom as well as trends in horror and romance pop culture and cinema.

Zoom meeting details will be emailed to ticket purchasers shortly before the scheduled event.


Tuesday, February 2, 2021

6:30 PM


Tuesday, February 2, 2021
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM PT
Presented via Zoom Webinar
$25 Sustainer | $15 Regular | $10 Reduced / SIFF Member
Registration fees offered at a sliding scale; proceeds support both the instructors and SIFF Education programming.


For the best experience registrants are encouraged to be familiar with or have seen recently the 1925, 1943, and 2004 versions of The Phantom of the Opera. There will be clips/discussion of these three films and likely reference to other literary and film versions of Phantom. You may find online streaming availability for the films below or we encourage you to patronize Scarecrow Video for physical media.


Kris 'Pepper' Hambrick is an educator and actor whose previous SIFF class was 2019's "A Century of Sherlock."