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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…
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
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.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I remember the first time I saw “The Abominable Dr. Phibes.” It aired on AMC’s efx, a way gone programming block that had a huge influence on me. I was already a Vincent Price fan, having already gone through the period of my life were I was obsessed with “The Fly.” However, “The Abominable Dr. Phibes” made me appreciate Price on a previously unseen level. From the first image, of a black cloaked figure sitting at an elaborate pipe organ, I was compelled. It’s a film I’ve seen many times over the years and easily the most iconic character that Vincent Price would ever play.
Prominent doctors around London are starting to die in very strange ways. One is stung…
So, don't fuck with Vincent Price. In fact, don't interact with him in any way.
He plays a deformed gear lord who is hunting down anyone who tried to save his wife when she got into an accident and they subsequently failed. I guess he doesn't understand how medical procedures work? Anyway, this movie is kind of part horror, part comedy; on the one hand you start seeing Vincent Price working with random tools and get scared - "How the hell is he going to kill someone with brusell sprouts, oh my god!" - and on the other hand you get to watch the most incompetent police force bumble their way around from murder to murder. Like, someone is getting…
This cult classic starring Vincent Price is an incredibly fun ride, with some great 70's gore thrown in for fun.
Robert Fuest's horror comedy strides the line between humor and horror well. While slightly campy, it never fully crosses over and forgets the scares. Price delivers an iconic performance as the vengeful title character (he would return for a sequel the following year), and seems to relish in the role.
The real star here, though, is the cinematography and production design. The sets are full of color, crazy contraptions, and fun camera moves. This film feels like it came out ten years later than it did.
Fans of horror will love this. Non-fans will find things to love as well. This is a good film with a strong cult following, and it deserves to be seen.
I would do the same if it was my wife
Jesus Christ, what did I just watch?
A ridiculously evil Vincent Price in a weird opera cape outfit takes revenge on the medical team that failed to save his wife's life (and no, they weren't incompetent or evil or whatever. It's made clear they were professionals doing their best and just couldn't keep her alive - like I said, ridiculously evil) by murdering them in the theme of the 10 Plagues of Egypt using some of the most gruesome and baroque methods possible. Like there are some really fucking byzantine murders going on.
I mean, we're talking swarms of bats devouring people alive (albeit, like, the cutest bats ever. I know they're supposed to be terrifying but come on -…
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.
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