Yeah, you’ve got your ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW. Now, I’ve got nothing against RHPS. Hell, I played Riff Raff for years when I was a younger man. But if I’m in the mood for a 1970s horror comedy musical, ROCKY isn’t the first thing I reach for. No, for those special moments, I reach out for PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE. It’s got bravura direction from Brian De Palma at the peak of his powers. It’s got a story that parodies PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, FAUST, THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY, the machinations behind music fads, Bowie, Alice Cooper and Phil Spector. It’s got brilliant music from the still-amazing Paul Williams. It’s got instantly memorable dialogue. It’s got instantly memorable performances from the aforementioned Paul Williams, William Finley, Gerrit Graham and SUSPIRIA’s Jessica Harper. It looks great, it sounds great, it is great. Of course, it flopped when it opened because PEOPLE ARE DUMB. The only place it really took off, strangely enough, was Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Why? Who knows, man. Maybe those Winnipeggers are on to something.