Dr. Phibes Rises Again!
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After fleeing from the law to his secret crypt at the end of "The Abominable Dr. Phibes", Phibes (Price) returns to again seek out a way to return his deceased wife to the living and deal with interfering interlopers along the way too ! His quest takes him to Egypt in search of the river of life that can provide the answer to his dreams.....
The second Phibes film is even more polished than the first, with Robert Quarry providing a fine adversary to Phibes as the cunning archaelogist Beiderbeck, himself living on borrowed time. Additionally, there is a wonderful support cast with such luminaries as Peter Cushing, Terry Thomas & Hugh Griffiths adding more finesse to this production.
And keeping in line with the Biblical plagues & gory comeuppances aspect of the first Phibes production, those persons stupid enough to challenge the evil doctor soon meet their doom by a variety of grisly and ingenious means !!
A campy, thrilling and entertaining film that has not diminshed in enjoyment on each subsequent viewing....and the transfer to DVD has kept the colors and art deco mood of the film very well. A definite recommendation to any cult film fans collection...both Phibes adventures are grand entertainment !
The film begins by relating some highlights from the first film (amazing how they can sum up a movie in the space of three minutes) to which we learn it's now three years later, and as the planets align themselves, Phibes (Price), who has since been in a state of suspended animation, rises like the phoenix from the ashes as he has a new quest, one that involves resurrecting his long dead wife Victoria along with ensuring eternal life for both him and his beloved...good luck with all that...also returning is Phibes faithful and fashionable mute assistant Vulnavia (Kemp), which is a pretty neat trick given that whole acid incident from the last film.Read more ›
Egyptologist Dr. Beiderbeck has stolen a uniquely rare map from the ruins of the late Dr. Anton Phibes' palatial estate, with which he intends to locate the waterway of Osiris in Egypt's Valley of the Kings and obtain the elixir of eternal life. The undead Dr. Phibes revives by a mechanism of his own brilliant devise, and with the assistance of his beautiful mute servant, Vulnavia, follows the unlucky Dr. Beiderbeck's party to the land of the pyramids, for a little murder and mayhem - Phibes is sorely ticked, needing the elixir himself for the resurrection of his beloved dead wife, Regina, and doesn't take kindly to amateur interlopers interfering with his plans.
The production is cheaper than its predecessor, but no less enjoyable. The sets and props are obviously less expensive, the colors more washed-out. The first film is more straightforward in its horror, where the sequel is generally more campy in its gruesome killings. Phibes abandons any particular pattern to his slayings, but sticks for the most part to a sort of "local color" motif - hawks, scorpions, sandstorms and the like. As in the original, Phibes comes off as an effective anti-hero because his adversary is a tyrannical cad, and his victims are almost all greedy, treacherous flunkies of Beiderbeck's - aside from which, he shows some nobility in seeking eternal life not for himself, but for his dearly departed beloved.
The cast is good. Robert Quarry is the venal Beiderbeck, with the lovely Fiona Lewis as his spoiled but oddly kind of likeable girlfriend. Hugh Griffith and Terry Thomas return, in different cameo roles, and Caroline Munro is back as Phibes' ultimately passive love-interest.Read more ›
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Dr. Phibes Rises Again is a difficult film to describe without giving away the plot. Suffice it to say that if you are a Vincent Price fan, it is a must-see. Read morePublished 3 months ago by RoxyG
This is the second the campy Dr. Phibes films. Very ingenious in his revenge for those he held responsible for the death of his beloved wife. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Professor H
An Absolute Must for Dr. Phibes and Morror Movie and Vincent Price fans.Published 7 months ago by HavokTim
Don't you just love a crazy horror mad scientist! He's back again!!!!!Published 8 months ago by Kim Walker
get all blu ray classic sci-fi and horror movies before corps start phazing dvds and blu rays out in the near future .Published 8 months ago by ANTON PHIBES
Old gold strikes again. Vincent Price was a master of the horror genre.Published 10 months ago by IBJ
What can i say about this sequel to the original Dr Phibes film, not much
i like the first film, a really Good thriller lots of suspense of course Vincent price is fantastic... Read more
As with all Sequels this movie was not as good as the first so I downgraded it to
*3* stars. I can't put my finger on what just is wrong, could it be that Dr Phibes... Read more
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