Monday, November 3, 2008

Abominable Dr. Phibes, The (1971)

...aka: Curse of Dr. Phibes, The
...aka: Dr. Phibes

Directed by:
Robert Fuest

Disfigured intellect, musical monarch and ever-worldly doctor Anton Phibes (Vincent Price) decides that the team of surgeons who failed to save his beautiful wife (an uncredited Caroline Munro, playing a corpse) after a tragic auto accident are responsible for her untimely death. With the help of his sexy and loyal companion Vulnavia (Virginia North), he uses Old Testament theology to devise a revenge plan patterned after the "ten curses" of Pharoah (involving bees, bats, slowly draining blood, etc.). Campy fun, with a deliciously malicious Price (in great make-up and an electronically altered voice), a very good supporting cast, incredible sets and costumes, some real laughs (my favorites involving the prod sticking out of Price's neck) and ample doses of art-deco indulgence. Its worldwide success led to Price reprising his role in DR. PHIBES RISES AGAIN (1972), with many of the same cast members returning. The cast includes Joseph Cotten as Dr. Vesalius, Terry-Thomas, Susan Travers (THE SNAKE WOMAN), Maurice Kaufmann, Peter Jeffrey, Derek Godfrey, John Cater (CAPTAIN KRONOS), Alister Williamson and Hugh Griffith as a rabbi.


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