On that note, I think I’ve found how the Hammer Phantom of the Opera could have been fixed- adding in Peter Cushing as Van Helsing.
Van Helsing: I’ve heard there’s a problem with malevolent ghosts at this opera house! Not to worry, I’ve set up a trap here to catch ectoplasm.
Christine: But isn’t ectoplasm just a bunch of sheets dipped in goop and used by frauds?
Van Helsing: Trust me, I’m a Professor.
Lord D’arcy: This ghost is RUINING my opera!
Van Helsing: Actually, I think your firing everyone who won’t sleep with you is ruining your opera.
Lord D’arcy: YOU’RE FIRED!
Van Helsing: Oh good, I was rather dreading when you would put the question to me.
Van Helsing: Professor Petrie, I certainly sympathise with you having your music stolen, but abducting ladies is not the action of a gentleman. And what about all the murders?
The Phantom: I didn’t do those- the mysterious dwarf who follows me around and obeys my orders while adding murder to them did!
Van Helsing: Well, I’ll certainly give you credit for coming up with the most creative defense I’ve ever heard.