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The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)

Vincent Price , Joseph Cotten , Robert Fuest  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Vincent Price, Joseph Cotten, Hugh Griffith, Terry-Thomas, Virginia North
  • Directors: Robert Fuest
  • Writers: James Whiton, William Goldstein
  • Producers: James H. Nicholson, Louis M. Heyward, Ronald Dunas, Samuel Z. Arkoff
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: February 20, 2001
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000542CL
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,711 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Abominable Dr. Phibes" on IMDb

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Price's best baddies!! January 6, 2002
I remember "discovering" this movie as a teenager; I came across it one night on Channel 7 in NYC, at around 3 in the morning.
It was love at first sight.
Vincent Price plays Dr. Anton Phibes, an organ-playing Super-Genius, who seeks revenge on the 9 people he holds responsible for the death of his Wife: The 8 Doctors and the Nurse who failed to save her after an accident. Phibes and his lovely assistant, Vulnavia, operate out of a secret lair, complete with a ballroom and clockwork orchestra of Phibes' own creation, and as the film begins, their plan is already well underway: they will kill the "responsible" parties using the 10 Biblical plagues of The Pharoes- Boils, Bats, Blood, Frogs, Beasts, The Death of the First-Born, Locusts, Rats, Hail, and Darkness.....Let the fun begin....
What is so great about this movie is that, in my opinion, there ARE no other movies like this one. It's a surreal period-piece (The film takes place in the 1920's), that deals with grusome murders, has a wicked sense of humor, and a villain straight out of a comic-book (Comic readers will find Phibes to be a cross between Doctor Doom and The Joker). The sets and locations are great, and Vincent Price is superb, as usual. You can tell he had a great time playing the good Doctor. The ending is weirdly satisfying, and again, is one-of-a-kind. The cast is superb, and Joseph Cotten is a great foil for Price. Their scene in the operating theater is phenomenal.
The DVD is short on extras, just a Theatrical trailer, which is a hoot. And anyone who has had to suffer through awful-looking Television airings will love the crisp look of the film in Widescreen.
Anyone who is a fan of either Horror movies or Vincent Price MUST add this film to their collection. As the Policeman says early in the film, "There are a lot of strange people practicing medicine these days!"
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Campy yet ghoulish fun! December 21, 2000
Vincent Price will always be remembered best for his numerable horror film roles. While many of these films may be less than stellar, occaisionaly one would come along that outshone all the others. "The Abominable Dr. Phibes" is one such little gem.
Price plays Dr. Anton Phibes, a musician and all around twisted genius with a mission. Phibes is bent upon killing off the team of doctors who failed to save the life of his beloved wife after a rather nasty automobile accident. Of course, being a twisted genius, Phibes doesn't go about exacting his revenge like any other normal homicidal maniac. He's decided to take the Old Testament plagues visited upon Pharaoh and Egypt and adapt them for his own nefarious purposes. The way Phibes uses the plagues of blood, bats, boils, hail etc. I'll leave for you to see.
Now, if you go into this film expecting a straightforward horror film, with lots of blood and gore, you may be disappointed. Director Robert Fuest, as one reviewer has already pointed out, had a stint on "The Avengers", and he tells this story in the same tongue in cheek style that was so typical (and endearing) of that classic TV series. Also, the lavish deco designed sets lend the film a stylish and sometimes surreal look and feel. The clockwork musician sequences are a notable example of this stylish/surreal imagery. There are also some wonderful performances here -Joseph Cotten as the senior physician for whom Phibes saves as the last of his victims, Virginia North as the ethereal and lethal Vulnavia, and Terry-Thomas turns in a nicely comic performance as one of Phibes' earliest victims.
The really knockout performance here must go to Vincent Price as Dr. Phibes.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Billed as Vincent Price's 100th feature film, The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971) is one of my more favored Price features, right up there with House of Wax (1953), The Fly (1958), and House on Haunted Hill (1959). Directed by Robert Fuest ("The Avengers", Dr. Phibes Rises Again), the film stars, as I've mentioned, Merchant of Menace himself Vincent Price. Also appearing is Virginia North (Deadlier Than the Male, On Her Majesty's Secret Service), Joseph Cotten (Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte, Soylent Green), Terry-Thomas (It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World, Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines), Peter Jeffrey (Countess Dracula, The Odessa File), and Caroline Munro (At the Earth's Core, The Spy Who Loved Me), in an uncredited, but pivotal role.

Price plays Dr. Anton Phibes, a man of many talents (music, theology, engineering, etc.), and one believed to be dead. Official reports claim he perished in a fiery car crash while rushing to his wife Victoria's side while she was undergoing an operation in which she subsequently died. Well, turns out Phibes didn't cash out (he was merely disfigured), and during the years after his wife's passing he's been in hiding, using his wealth and genius to plot revenge on those he deemed responsible for his wife's death, specifically the medical staff who were involved in her operation (there were nine...seems like an awful lot of people to be involved in a medical procedure at the same time but whatever...hey, at least it provides for a decent body count). With the help of his always fashionably dressed (and silent) assistant Vulnavia (North), Phibes sets into motion a series of methodical and diabolical murders, each one more cunning than the last, all based the ten curses visited upon the pharaohs during exodus, as detailed in the old testament.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this VERY STRANGE film!!
Published 8 days ago by Claude Cassagne
5.0 out of 5 stars The Abominable Dr. Phibes = A *5* star status as a cult classic Movie.
The Abominable Dr. Phibes has become a cult Classic as its so horrible to watch that it has
become a cult classic. Trust me it's so terrible that its fun to watch. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Devils.Advocate666
5.0 out of 5 stars Phibes
Well, Vincent Price does it again. He manages to be creepy and scary in this film. This is one of the better horror films of the era. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mike
Dr. Phibes is a true original. The third film in the Dr. Phibes Cult Classic Series is in preparation! And there's a brand new Death Geometry, even scarier than Phibes I!!
Published 11 months ago by William Goldstein
5.0 out of 5 stars A disturbingly different horror movie
When doctors begin dying in bizarre and horrifying ways, Inspector Trout (played by Peter Jeffrey) cannot begin to imagine what is going on. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Kurt A. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Abominable Dr. Phibes
If you've come across The Abominable Dr. Phibes, you've probably got a penchant for old horror films or maybe it's just Vincent Price. Read more
Published 13 months ago by ribcage
5.0 out of 5 stars A cult classic!
As a collector of obscure, corny, or bizarre horror films...this is a must have for any cult cinema fan. Read more
Published 15 months ago by MarloweMaginty
5.0 out of 5 stars Still Scary....
I saw this movie with my Dad as a kid and hated it because it was so disturbing. It was fun to face watch it again after all these years. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Brian
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic horror romp with humor
I first saw this movie when I was 11 and it scared the crap out of me. The villain and forms of murder he used stayed with me for years. Read more
Published on October 19, 2012 by Jaime Contreras
4.0 out of 5 stars Abominable
Dr. Phibes is one of Vincent Prices greatest roles even though he never actually speaks, his voice being dubbed in after the filming of scenes. Read more
Published on July 15, 2012 by casamoscas
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