A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
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…
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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
Every so often I peep a movie that seems like it was made especially for me. The insane lush organ lair, the Rockafire Explosion gone berserk robot band, Vincent Price gluing facial prostheses to his grimy skull, the elaborate, borderline absurd death scenes that culminate in bleak-beautiful tableaux. The Abominable Dr. Phibes has it all! My only gripe is that the B-plot concerning bumbling Scotland Yard investigators eats up half the run time. More soulful, caped organ playing and bedazzled interpretive dance numbers and deaths by catapulted unicorn statues, please!
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.
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.
awsome death scenes+His Highness Vincent Price=masterpiece
Review completa en Cine de Horror Colombia: cinedehorror.blogspot.com.co/2016/08/the-abominable-dr-phibes.html
Silly low budget AIP comedic horror film that offers nothing but a very poor man's version of Phantom of the Opera. In THE ABOMINABLE DR. PHIBES, Vincent Price plays a brilliant, educated, but highly mad, disfigured doctor out for revenge on the medical team who failed to save his dying wife. He probably would have been better served taking revenge on the team that made this ridiculous movie.
This was a movie I've heard about ever since I was a little boy seeing pictures from it in Famous Monsters magazine. My expectations were in the medium range, and sadly were not met by a long shot. Despite the appearance of Vincent Price, Joseph Cotten, Terry-Thomas and Hugh Griffith, THE ABOMINABLE DR. PHIBES never has a leg stand on in terms of story, or quality.
Equal parts funny and Creepy. I loved this film from the first minute to the very last. Joseph Cotton and Vincent Price were amazing.
Another utterly fantastic screening put on by Cinemaniacs here in Melbourne. Vincent Price and Joesph Cotten careen through just about every genre ever conceived by man in a wildly entertaining story of extravagant, elaborate revenge.
"Nine killed her ... Nine shall die!"
Vincent Price turns in perhaps the performance of his career (no small feat) as the ingeniously unmerciful Dr. Anton Phibes in this twisted tale of love, tragedy and revenge.
Dr. Phibes is the 1971 version of Saw, except significantly less brutal - but still not all that entertaining.
It is a horror without the thrills, and a comedy without the laughs. Still, I'm on a mission to someday see all of Vincent Price's horror roles. Hopefully the Phibes sequel spices things up.
I'm surprised this isn't more of a classic. It's thematically wonderful.
One death in particular deserves a special mention: the frog head. Never have I felt more claustrophobic.
It's a shame it overdoes some awkward humour, and it's a shame the effects aren't a little better.
That's made up for by Vincent Price. Beast, beast, beast.
like The Wicker Man meets Phantom of Paradise in the best way possible, Vincent Price can do no wrong ever ever ever
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