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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.
We're in the final 11 days until Halloween. This is a great way to enter those final 11 days.
Part of Hooptober 3.0: Hoop Dreams
I feel like if Dr. Seuss made a live action movie this would be it. It's subtly silly and has inventive effects and set dressing. Plus Terry-Thomas is there for a little bit. Terry-Thomas would definitely be in a Dr. Seuss movie.
Also another misleading poster; no one in this movie looks that blue.
Bought this for a euro after Brexit but before the pound crashed so go me.
Everything about this film is pretty great; the deaths, the humour, the sets, the big VP.
Worth a watch defo.
This is a fun horror comedy. Vincent Price is great in one of his signature roles.
Vulnavia = fashion goals
I half seriously wonder how much this film inspired Andrew Kevin Walker to write Se7en. In my brain I imagine a David Fincher version of this same film and giggle. Such a goofy little movie that serves as a crucial text in the "1970's does the 20's and 30's" canon.
This was one of my favorite pre-teen films which I saw several times upon its release when growing up in the 70s in Lafayette, LA. It had everything a boy horror fan was looking for in the early 70s - revenge and successive cruel murders. It looked like such a big period production for a boy and its plot so sophisticated with the Old Testament plagues structure. I still think it's genius camp! Like most kids of my generation, the name Vincent Price was equivalent to must-see horror. Mr Price gives us his greatest character in this film and its sequel.
Such a great concept and character, but I am always let down whenever I revisit this.
The main problem is that Phibes is never given a truly sympathetic moment and his victims are never given the opportunity to be hateful enough for me to enjoy their comeuppances.
It's just a series of creative (though ridiculous) murder set pieces which for some is reason enough to enjoy this, but I would appreciate a little more emotional effort.
Really unsure as to why this is a period set film (mid 1920's) as it really feels mod at times.
Phibes unmasked is a great make-up design though.
This is prime remake material.
This has, without a doubt, some of the grossest, yet casually hilarious deaths of any film in recent memory. I'm pretty sure that's what they were going for but I was still a littler uncomfortable at the sight of a guy having his skull crushed by a giant mechanical frog mask.
Also, I can't be the only one that thought of The Eric Andre Show during that elaborate musical opening with the masked band members.
a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…