Review: The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)

A crazy, revengeful, organ-playing son-of-a-bitch uses his sick mind and talent to go on some “doc” hunting…

phibesBD“THE ABOMINABLE DR. PHIBES”
1971
Horror/Crime
USA/UK

Director: Robert Fuest
Stars: Vincent Price, Joseph Cotten, Hugh Griffith
Distributor: Arrow
Runtime: 94 mins.
BLU-RAY REGION B

“Nine killed her; nine shall die! Nine eternities in doom!”

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One by one a group of doctors gets brutally murdered. The killings are done in a highly planned matter, and after some biblical plagues. We follow the parrallel stories of the Scotland Yard investigation and the killer, Dr. Phibes. Through his private life, and the forthgoing investigation we learn the background of these killings. Who is Dr. Phibes? Is he just shredded or dead? He’s drinking from a hole in the back of his neck, and talking from a hole on the side of his neck. And who is his beautiful silent helper and violin player?

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A playful and highly entertaining 70’s film. Nice set piece killings. Snappy and witty dialogue. Very cool decor. The scenery is very stylish, maybe a bit over-the-top Hammer-kind-of theatrical, but I like it. And of course; Vincent Price is the perfect man for the role. He’s the epiphany of horror!

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This IS a classic. Go see it…now!
Followed up by “Dr. Phibes Rises Again” (1972).

Got my self a fantastic Lim.ed. boxset, HD, with a 100-page book and both movies. With very nice audio-commentary tracks and lots of great extras. This is candy time for a horror-geek.

A remake is currently in the making (rumored).

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