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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…
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
A visually striking tale of bloody revenge with lashings of ancient mysticism and science fiction which follows two bumbling cops as they struggle to catch the ghoulishly meticulate serial killer, Dr. Anton Phibes. Refreshingly, Price is completely subdued within the character of Phibes and rarely speaks leaving all the wacky stylistic ideas to run amok, which include gilded statues mixed with brash neon plastics, neo-biblical costumes, the colorfully grand design of the Phibes family lair, his car and all of his bespoke murdering apparatus. A unique British horror film and tremendous fun throughout.
Watched as part of Shocktober.
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.
"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.
Nine Eternities in Doom
A horribly disfigured sewer-dweller comes up with ghoulish ways to dispose of the doctors responsible for his wife’s death. Amusing, perverse twist on Phantom of the Opera is the vanguard film for ’70s camp-shlock, with Price paddling his way into legend singing “Over the Rainbow.” Nearly as much fun today as it was over 40 years ago. Followed by Dr. Phibes Rises Again.
I've always felt The Abominable Dr. Phibes was a bit overrated (and when it comes to "Vincent Price gets elaborate revenge" movies, I vastly prefer Theater of Blood). Price is, of course, the main reason to watch this – he's always amazing – but the film itself is a bit repetitive and uninvolving. The police investigation is dull and we don't know enough about the victims to feel one way or another about their demises. The film is reasonably entertaining (again, mostly due to Price) but not something I watch a lot.
"Love means never having to say you're ugly". That's the slogan for Robert Fuest's quirky slapstick horror The Abominable Dr. Phibes.. Upon reading that slogan, you don't really expect chilling and terrifying moments, but you take it with a pinch of salt. That being said, Robert Fuest balances horror with tongue-in-cheek humor, and interesting crime story with campy moments, all that floating in a cloud of bizzare and surreal moments.
Vincent Price plays the doctor slash organist, that everyone considers him to be dead after having a road accident trying to reach the hospital where his wife lies on the operation table. He speaks with a Stephen Hawking-like voice with the help of a device in his throat. He also…
SAW IT AT TERROR TUESDAY
Before there was SAW, this was the original movie about a genius trygin to get revenge on the people that did him wrong by using elaborate traps. Its a great movie that has the look of gothic british horror. The original Torture porn film. Just that this one has better acting and writing.
A little too campy and weird for my usual likings, but I do enjoy such things once in a while… Mostly though, I just think the story could have been executed, much better than it was. I liked the way it handled the story of revenge and love for this twisted human being, and I liked the fact that they wanted to interplay it with a crime atmosphere as well. But personally I thought the movie was pretty uneven throughout. Sometimes it was (trying to be) funny, other times it was really serious, and the pacing shifted a bit too much for it all to feel coherent and pleasing. Overall there were too much that didn’t work for me, but the idea of the film was pretty great and some aspects I enjoyed. A shame I didn’t like it more than I did, because it really did have potential to be a classic romantic horror story of its own league…
Feels like another Corman-Poe-Price film, but it isn't. I couldn't recall whether I had seen this before or not, but as soon as I saw that creepy pseudo-human band gearing up, I remembered seeing this all right. One of Price's last great horror roles during his heyday, Phibes has clearly been an inspiration to the slasher and torture porn subgenres, with it's inspired murder set pieces, but it retains the same ghoulish fun of the Corman films of the era, and having the benefit of some genuinely comedic moments. In fact the entire affair is approached with a light touch, going for fun instead of menace and succeeding admirably anyways. A bit slow in places, but good fun nevertheless.
One of the best Vincent Price films ever. Period. The end. Tim Burton is supposedly "remaking" this one. It has a distinct visual style, so it'll be interesting to see what he can do with it. Hopefully, it won't have a scene with synchoronized trained squirrels.
First time i had watched this the whole way through and loved it. Proper Classic
One may not realize it on first glance, but "The Abominable Dr. Phibes" is walking a treacherous high-wire act.
As a sort of horror / comedy film, the movie already has its work cut out for it. Play too much towards the comedic edge and you run the risk of receiving groans or eye-rolls from the audience. Whereas if you push harder on the horrific aspects of the story, you will effectively lose any chances for comedic opportunities in the story. What’s more, with Vincent Price’s character of the titular Dr. Phibes framed as an early slasher villain, the formula of quirky kills could quickly become repetitive.
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