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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…
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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.
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.
"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.
Plays so much better on the big screen. That set design for Phibe's house is just phenomenal.
Saw before Saw. Awesome concept and killer ending.
The first time I saw The Abominable Dr. Phibes, I was a young'un with a fever and any time since then that I've looked back on the cult classic, I convinced myself most of my memory was just a cloudy fever dream. Guess what? It really is that crazy. Dr. Phibes is "introduced" to the audience playing at an organ a la Phantom of the Opera. Only he's also backed by a band of eerie-ass automatons and a mysterious woman (whose name, origin story, and motivation we never come close to finding out) who helps him to murder a series of doctors connected to the death of his wife. It unfolds like a slasher, but with deaths seemingly conceived by…
Horror classic from the early 70's starring the great Vincent Price. The deaths are based on the seven plagues of Egypt, which in the movie counts 10.
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What a strange little movie. I had never heard of this movie and bumped into it accidentally. I'm still not entirely sure what I thought of it. It can be really weird and yet there are times it's hilarious and then times it's both. It's amazing how panfaced Vincent Price remains throughout the whole movie. It is definitely a beautiful movie.
Stylish as fuck.
There's plenty to love here, but i felt the pacing was off at some moments, and the police inspector rather bland. Price, and the set pieces, are mostly the reason to watch this.
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.
a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…