Vincent Price hams it up in a story very similar to Theater of Blood, only campier, if you can believe it, but not as funny. Poor Dr. Phibes' wife died on the operating table. Joseph Cotten was the head surgeon and Dr. Phibes is going after everyone in the room, killing them by the plagues of Egypt, instead of Shakespearean deaths as in Theater of Blood. Oh, and his face is disfigured from a car crash which we get to…
Why isn't this movie better known? It's not a masterpiece or anything with it's made-for-TV aesthetics and direction, though it is in wide-screen. In fact this is Paul Magwood's only directing job, the rest are 2nd unit or assistant director posts, and most of those were TV, but I think he may have had some potential. However, why this movie should be better known:
1. Warren Oates.
Do you need a 2?
2. Bit parts by Gloria Grahame and Scatman…
Hot dog, what an awesome movie! This is maybe my sixth time watching. The first time I watched Key Largo I thought it was OK, but not great. Not sure what headspace I was in then, because the acting in this is top notch. The underrated Claire Trevor is a standout (she won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her work here), but everyone, Bogart, Robinson, Barrymore, and Thomas Gomez are all in top form. Probably the best that Bacall has ever been. Huston has some nicely framed shots and sets things up well. Highly recommended and if you don't love it, watch it again.