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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…
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.
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.
A very fun dramedy tongue-in-cheek horror. Quite a bit of comedy to keep you entertained and enough horror keep you interested. Classic Vincent Price fun.
Dr. Phibes is out for revenge. Nine doctors that Phibes blames for his wife's death and ruined his life. Dr. Phibes is a doctor, scientist, organist, and biblical scholar -- all of which will play a part in helping him get his revenge biblical plague style.
Extremely colourful film visually... quite elaborate sets and costuming. Great casting and an enjoyable story. Mad fun.
Great afternoon cinema that would be great as a double feature with the follow-up film Dr. Phibes Rises Again (1972).
The Abominable Dr. Phibes is for lovers.
New to me in 2016 film #33: this was a strange one, but it may also be a masterpiece.
The Abominable Dr. Phibes stars Vincent Price as a deeply sinister, yet also quite tragic character. This is a film that's very much about revenge, as the titular character carries out killings based on the Curse of the Pharaohs. He's seeking vengeance for the death of his wife, who he feels was killed by surgeons who didn't do their job well enough. Missing his beloved greatly, he swears he'll make those who failed her pay for his loss.
Price is a fantastic screen presence in pretty much everything, and that's the case here as dons a spooky black cloak and plays on an organ, sending chilling music through the old, abandoned mansion he lives in. Phibes rarely speaks, which means…
A standout classic horror that inspired films like Saw and Seven.
Price is very understated in this and it has the feel of a comic book horror story throughout.
The sets and costumes are quite dream like and the plot evolves like a predicted event.
Watched again in prep for the sequel in which the great Cushing will be appearing alongside Price, perfect!
A beautiful, camp art deco nightmare that could only have been improved if Cushing had been able to take up the role of Vesalius as originally intended.
Good film that doesn't take itself too,seriously.
Nine killed her - nine shall die!
recommend shit to me, please! esp. little known sleazy stuff
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