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The Abominable Dr. Phibes
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Famous organist Anton Phibes is horribly disfigured in an automobile accident while rushing to the side of his sick wife and presumed to be dead. Once Phibes learns that his wife died on the operating table, he is convinced the doctor's are responsible and begins exacting his revenge on all those involved.
I am SO enjoying this month of horror films.
And it really has been the more comedic horror films that have been the stars as far as I'm concerned. Sure, there wasn't much funny about The Exorcist (and that includes Repossessed) but it's been delightful to find several more films that find that always precarious balance between humour and horror. I always really appreciate a film that can strike that balance so well because it's clearly not easy to do.
Here is another one to throw on the pile. I have to say that as much as I loved Theatre Of Blood, it has always seemed to me that The Abominable…
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I love all the things Phibes leaves mysterious and unexplained. Vulnavia, "The Girl," never speaks. We never learn where exactly she comes from, or who she is, or how she comes to know Phibes. The poster has them romantically embracing, and yet the film hints at nothing. But she bears a striking resemblance to his deceased wife. Magnetic thought commands. The way she plays her white violin to accompany murders. I love when mysteries are allowed to hang freely like this.
She reminds me so much of Morpho in Jess Franco's Vampyros Lesbos, a similarly mute and stylish henchman, with the subtlest implication of romance with the protagonist. The whole opening sequence had a Franco feel.…
fast paced, fun, sinister, nasty & totally wild to the bone, Dr. Phibes is one of the weirdest and most original horror flicks from the early 70s. the thing plays like Monty Python meets Amicus and seems to have influenced everything from the Saw series to Seven, Darkman & Phantom of the Paradise. Vincent Price gives one of his best and most over the top performances as the tortured anti hero and along the way we treated with some truly gross out death scenes. Here we have a skull faced man obsessed with revenge who in his spare time has built a wind up life size jazz band and likes to play the organ. If you haven't seen it yet, something is missing in your life and now is the time.
Dr. Phibes was way ahead of its time in 1971 and still might be today. Brilliant stuff.
watch it here today : www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6FPbt8zB48
The locust attack might be the greatest themed murder Vincent Price has ever committed.
Also: I would like to be friends with anyone named Vulvania, but especially with this Vulvania.
"Nine killed you, nine shall die." So says mad organist Anton Phibes when he plugs himself into the phonograph that gives him a voice since he lost the ability to speak in the fiery car crash that has led people to believe he's dead. Instead, he's merely been biding his time, hanging out in his art-deco mansion, carving wax busts of the medical professionals he holds responsible for the death of his wife (and which he takes a blowtorch to after each murder), and engineering the devices that allow him to have his revenge on them. (My favorites are the frog mask with the ever-tightening collar that keeps going until his victim croaks and the ice machine that blasts another full in the face with hail). As weird as some of the Biblical plague-themed murders are, though (dig the death-by-catapulted-bronze-unicorn-head), the film as a whole pales in comparison with the Shakespearean Theatre of Blood, which vastly improved on the concept.
This blew me the fuck away.
One of the greatest opening 10 minutes to a horror film that I've ever seen (and I've spent half of my life watching them).
INCREDIBLE visuals. Colourful, vibrant, haunting. Outstanding cinematography.
One of, if not the, greatest Vincent Price performance of all time. For an actor whose most identifiable attribute is his harrowing voice, he proved with this performance that it doesn't define him. He spends the majority of the film not saying a word, yet his intentions are abundantly and his character is fleshed out due to his quirks and body language.
The deaths are inventive and disturbing. One of the most unflappable and generally unfuckable-with killers I've ever seen.
It's frantic, fast, funny and twisted beyond belief. A completely unique film that exists purely in its own world, and I loved every fucking second of it.
A kind of predecessor to Se7en? Influence for The 'Heart of Ice' episode of B:TAS? I dunno, but it was weirdly fun.
Johnny Depp will eventually be old enough to do a remake of this, can't wait till they screw that up.
Wierd, mais l'fun... Un peu comme quand tu te calle des escortes, su a poud à 2h du matin en écoutant des reprises de Bouscotte à ArtTv...
Interesting early 1970s horror movie, although it's more campy than scary. It's actually an early version of Se7en. The Saw movies lifted some key elements from it as well.
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I had to watch Hocus Pocus to convince my wife to finally watch this movie with me and it was totally worth it (although I'm not sure she would say the same thing). The Abominable Dr. Phibes is a bizarre and wonderful hybrid of over the top art direction, needlessly ornate and absurd death scenes, bumbling police procedural comedy, classical dance, poetry, and an inexplicable x factor. It is one of those rare films where there just isn't anything else out there quite like it. It's a beautiful unique…
The Abominable Dr. Phibes opens majestically, lavish art deco styling, haunting organ music played by a hooded figure, a chilling clockwork orchestra. It’s over thirty minutes before we even hear Vincent Price utter a word. Putting someone like Price in a role where he’s rarely able to use his most striking feature, his voice, was undoubtedly a huge risk, but it pays off beautifully, every vocalisation oozing malevolence. The film walks a fine line, often menacing, occasionally humorous with a deliciously black sense of humour. The film feels a precursor to so much, the increasing kill count foreshadowing the slasher movie, the intricate contraptions of Dr. Phibes call to mind the Saw films. It’s an indelible piece of work, monstrous but amusing, synthetic as if constructed by Dr. Phibes himself.
Not quite my thing but fun enough to watch. I kept waiting for John Steed and Emma Peel to appear to sort out all the shenanigans.
This was a shocker! On paper, "The Abominable Dr. Phibes" is complete schlock. In motion, it's a film rife with dark humor, gorgeous costumes and sets, surreal and entertaining performances, outrageous violence, and even a hint of tragedy.
I went in expecting a cut-and-paste British horror film from the 70's, and yet, to my surprise, I've never seen anything quite like it. The schlock factor is very much there, but "The Abominable Dr. Phibes" is well worth your while nevertheless.
As well as being one of the greatest plague-inspired movies ever, it's also Vincent Price in one of his most memorable roles. The pacing is one of the only aspects that feels like it could have been sturdier, as it seems to briefly flow from slow-burn to too slow of a burn, but still is more entrancing than it is tedious, and more stylistic than horrific.
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