On Halloween day, 1974, a film destined to become a cult classic was released. Phantom of the Paradise, written and directed by Brian De Palma, stars Paul Williams as a record producer called Swan, Jessica Harper as an aspiring singer named Phoenix and William Finley as Winslow Leach (aka The Phantom).
Sadly, actor William Finley passed away on Saturday at age 69. By pure coincidence, I had already planned to present Phantom of the Paradise as this week’s featured trailer before Finley had passed. I was even reading up on the man at IMDb and within hours Finley had died. I’m a bit nervous about choosing next week’s trailer.