Director Brian DePalma's lost classic. Worthwhile on the soundtrack alone the film stars William Finley as a musician who's “Faust” cantata is stolen by the evil music mogul known as Swan for the opening of his musical playground “The Paradise”.
With a combination of genres (musical/horror/fantasy/comedy) its one of the zanniest films ever made. It came out a year before the cult fave The Rocky Horror Picture Show, but manages to outdo it in music (with all music written by Paul Williams (who also stars as Swan)), and story which is kind of a parody on the Phantom of the Opera, Glam Rock and the music industry as a whole.
Unmissible for fans of DePalma with visual techniques reminiscent of his other great films (with split screens, revolving cameras, Hicthcockian inspirations etc). All performances are spectacular and the soundtrack makes you want to watch it again and again and again..
The downer is no features other than a lame trailer, but what a film!