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The Abominable Dr. Phibes
Love means never having to say you're ugly.
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…
Sixty in September: 13/60
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.
A visually striking tale of bloody revenge with lashings of ancient mysticism and science fiction which follows two bumbling cops as they struggle to catch the ghoulishly meticulate serial killer, Dr. Anton Phibes. Refreshingly, Price is completely subdued within the character of Phibes and rarely speaks leaving all the wacky stylistic ideas to run amok, which include gilded statues mixed with brash neon plastics, neo-biblical costumes, the colorfully grand design of the Phibes family lair, his car and all of his bespoke murdering apparatus. A unique British horror film and tremendous fun throughout.
Watched as part of Shocktober.
"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.
Camp isn't always tawdry.
There will surely come a time when I must embark on a crazed revenge spree. When that time comes, I will be sure to hire a Vulnavia.
I will never forget stumbling across The Abominable Dr. Phibes as a kid on late-night TV. The straightforward concept, groovy interiors and cockeyed killings were indelibly burned on my young brain. It was one of my first Vincent Price movies, and it remains one of my favorite roles for him, Victrola speech, uncomfortable-looking wig and all. Phibes is the perfect Price antihero, equal parts pathos, showmanship and calculating fury. On the other hand, Peter Jeffrey's droll performance just barely keeps the goofy cops from spoiling the show, offsetting John Cater's shrill buffoon of…
There will never be another Vincent Price, and this film is probably my favorite of his. Visually stunning and full of humor, this film is not to be missed.
Brilliant horror film that is thoroughly disturbing, The Abominable Dr. Phibes features one of the most intense, riveting and memorable performances from horror master Vincent Price. He plays a famous organist bent on revenge and kills the doctors responsible for his wife’s death in creative fashion. Very well acted and directed, this is a must watch for horror enthusiasts that enjoy a solid horror picture. The cast do a great job, and the plot, though simple is pulled off with great ease with Price in the lead. The film features some thoroughly disturbing scenes and terrific murder sequences, and Vincent Price is remarkable in the lead role. This ranks as one of his finest performances yet, and it’s that talent…
Glad I watched this and interesting but I think I was expecting something very different so was caught a little off guard, will definitely be on the re-watch list and with a better level of what to expect and I suspect I will get a lot more from it on a second viewing.
Su lema, mofandose del de "Love Story", "Love means never having to say you´re ugly", ya indica que esta singular cinta de horror se la resbala todo.
Su sentido del humor, luce especialmente bien, alrededor de la figura de los dos policias que investigan el caso de una serie de asesinatos basados en las plagas del Antiguo Testamento ("Seven" algo le debe).
En el psychokiller que los ejecuta (maravilloso Vincent Price) una especie de vengador/mad doctor/villanazo descomunal, con una inquietante secuaz que no abre el pico en toda la película, está el gran logro de una película de atmosfera extraña, bizarra y algo kitsch pero magnética como ella sola, con ideas muy locas (esa banda de músicos robotizados, esos bailes repentinos), un toque entre lo moderno y lo viejuno (Josep Cotten haciendo de cirujano guay a sus 70 años) y donde cada asesinato bien merece un fuerte aplauso ("Saw" algo le debe). Única e irrepetible.
A brass unicorn has been catapulted across a London street and impaled an imminent surgeon. Words fail me.
My original review: What a delightful 70s art deco horror comedy! Vincent gives a convincing performance without even being able to move his face or use his delicious voice to its full capacity due to his characterization. The most impressive thing about this film is the gorgeous vintage design, particularly the sets and costuming, but it also boasts a moving orchestral score. I love the organ work! The increasingly baroque and ingenious ways Vincent murderously dispatches with his enemies is a sight to behold, and truly my favorite aspect of this unique experience. I can see very clear inspirations for the Saw films, though of course there's no gore here - it isn't needed in this creepy yet classy visual feast.
A horribly disfigured sewer-dweller comes up with ghoulish ways to dispose of the doctors responsible for his wife’s death. Amusing, perverse twist on Phantom of the Opera is the vanguard film for ’70s camp-shlock, with Price paddling his way into legend singing “Over the Rainbow.” Nearly as much fun today as it was over 40 years ago. Followed by Dr. Phibes Rises Again.
I've always felt The Abominable Dr. Phibes was a bit overrated (and when it comes to "Vincent Price gets elaborate revenge" movies, I vastly prefer Theater of Blood). Price is, of course, the main reason to watch this – he's always amazing – but the film itself is a bit repetitive and uninvolving. The police investigation is dull and we don't know enough about the victims to feel one way or another about their demises. The film is reasonably entertaining (again, mostly due to Price) but not something I watch a lot.
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