Dr. Phibes Rises Again!
(PG, 1:29:31, Released 1972)
|Genres:||Action & Adventure, Art House & International, Classics, Comedy, Cult Movies, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy|
|Release Date:||Jun 1, 1972|
|DVD Release Date:||Feb 20, 2001|
|Starring:||Vincent Price, Robert Quarry, Valli Kemp, Hugh Griffith, John Thaw, Keith Buckley, Peter Cushing, Peter Jeffrey, Fiona Lewis, Caroline Munro|
|Directed by:||Robert Fuest, Robert Blees|
|Synopsis:||This sequel to the stylish 1971 melodrama The Abominable Dr. Phibes once more stars Vincent Price in the title role. Long believed dead, Phibes arises from a state of suspended animation, in search of the means to bring his deceased wife back to the land of the living. Phibes also wears a rubber mask to disguise his own horribly disfigured countenance. (The giveaway: he never moves his mouth when speaking, and eats by applying his fork to his neck!) With the aid of the enigmatic, never-speaking Vulnavia (Valli Kemp), Phibes follows an Egyptian expedition, seeking out an ancient elixir of life and killing everyone who gets in his way. In the original film, all of the doctor's grisly but ingenious murders were motivated, and all were linked by a Seven Deadly Plagues throughline. In the sequel, Phibes kills whenever he feels like it, and utilizes an impressive array of death-dealing contraptions (one victim literally has his skin blown off his body by a high-powered electric fan). This marks one of the only films ever made to wrap with Vincent Price singing "Somewhere, Over the Rainbow." ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi|
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February 16, 2014
The first "Dr. Phibes" film was a remarkably entertaining film that found the right balance between campy humor and grand guignol-style horror. This sequel is unfortunately a huge let-down. Everything that made the original great seems to be completely mishandled this time around. First off, none of the characters are remotely interesting in this one. Secondly, the deaths are nearly as innovative. Also, the technical credits are pretty weak (the direction by Robert Fuest seems to have no sense of pacing where the first one zipped right by). Mostly however is there's too much emphasis on comedy in this one. There's no menace to Phibes anymore. Whereas the first film was a great tongue-in-cheek and campy horror film, the sequel is simply a lousy comedy. Apparently the production was rushed and it shows.
Fortunately, the film is still worth watching thanks to Vincent Price. Even with the lesser material, hes still got it, succeeding where the rest of the film fails - finding the right balance between horror and comedy. The performance is still delightful even if the screenplay calls for him to go too over-the-top. The rest of the cast fares worse. Peter Jeffrey (who was enjoyable in the first one) and the bland Robert Quarry (nowhere near as good an actor as Joseph Cotten) are both given far too much screen time. "Dr. Phibes Rises Again" is another disappointing sequel to a great original. 2 1/2 Stars 2-10-14
fb500439213October 5, 2013
A direct continuation of the Phibes' resurrection saga, 'Dr. Phibes Rises Again!' is a lackluster sequel in which Phibes' Shakespearean rants about the River of Life are too long-winded and the methods for dispatching Phibes' enemies are even more graphic which also lessens their macabre wit (a hawk mauling is pretty stomach-churning). The first act is particularly exposition-heavy with another Scotland Yard investigation and the deaths are minimal at best. The MacGuffin in the film is a papyrus which will aid Phibes in his quest for eternal life and it is a rather weak contrivance to relocate the setting to Egypt. At this point Phibes' targets are no longer sympathetic. In fact, Biederbeck is a megalomaniac who is obsessed with his macrobiotic elixir and is vexed by the inconvenience of his henchman's murder via a snake concoction. The only sublime moments blossom from Price's delightful performance such as when Phibes nearly chokes on food which is lodged behind his facial prosthetic or when he gnashes on grapes while a victim agonizingly shrieks from scorpion stings. Obviously Phibes was not destined to be a franchise character as the films have already dovetailed into listless mediocrity.
January 21, 2011
Not nearly as memorable as the original, but not all that bad. There aren't quite as many death sequences in this film as there are in the original, which makes for long boring moments in between them. Some of Price's overdubs stick out like a sore thumb this time around, as well. The story is less interesting this time around, as there isn't quite as much to do with the original plot. It is certainly squirm-inducing in spots and there are some hilarious one-liners, but I think I prefer to see the original more than this sequel.
December 29, 2010
A good sequel to Dr. Phibes, it's just as cool as the first movie, and Price gives another great performance as the good doctor. I enjoyed this movie, it's fun.
August 19, 2010
Dr. Phibes rises from suspended animation and travels to Egypt seeking waters of immortality to resurrect his beloved wife; but another man seeks the waters as well, and Scotland Yard is on his trail again. If you liked the original DR. PHIBES, this one tries hard to give you more of the same---campy black comedy mixed with bizarre characters, sets and (now gorier) murders---except this time there's no logic or sense in the script whatsoever.
October 7, 2008
Dr. Fibes goes to Egypt!
More amazing costumes, sets and cheese then you can shake a dagger at!
Sadly the story is really week, but this is not really the kind of film you watch for the story now is it?
If you enjoyed the first film, this is an enjoyable (but not quite as good) sequel.
July 10, 2007
A great sequel! Dr. Phibes is back, stowed-away aboard an ocean liner, and he's got more gorey tricks up his sleeve for a group of scientists in Egypt, with imaginatively themed death sequences. A lot of fun. It's got great energy! You can tell Vincent Price is giving it his love.
June 24, 2007
Not a bad little campy horror film.
December 5, 2006
Not as good as the first, but I'm sure a very effective drinking game could be made out of this movie.
December 20, 2010
What were they thinking!? This kind of camp is not my style at all! Vincent Price only speaks through voice over and overacts horribly with gestures to indicate what he means as if they were going to leave his character silent. The torture devices may have inspired the dangerous rigs employed in the Saw movies, but the combination of comedy, bad effects, and ridiculous frights just left me repulsed.
October 15, 2010
An attempted clone of the first film that loses much of the original's charm. Enjoyable but forgettable -- in Egypt.
December 19, 2009
The good doctor apparently didnt kill himself at the end of the first one, as he has awoken himself after a period of suspended animation. He is now intent on reviving his dead wife, and heads to Egypt in order to use some ancient techniques to do so. Really not as clever (Egyptian-themed deaths were not as interesting) or as exciting as the first one, but the tone was the same and jokes were generally done well. I see Saw hints here.
December 9, 2009
Some shamefully corny exposition at the beginning, but not a bad story, some more good, creepy sight gags and yet more imaginative sets.
February 1, 2009
Not quite as good as the original despite the addition of Robert (Count Yorga) Quarry and Peter Cushing. Still It's really because we're now familiar with everything that this film stumbles. Still, anytime you can perpetuate pop undying evil, well, that's a good thing really. A product of it's times. Today the fun would be taken out of it. They'd miss the point that this is like the flip side of all of those old republic action serials. It's told from the villian's POV and he's winning.
November 1, 2007
Oh, Dr. Phibes, what won't you do for your dear Victoria? I accidentally got shipped the double feature instead of just "The Abominable Dr. Phibes", so it was a pleasant surprise to discover there was a sequel. The sequel is just as entertaining as the original, and Vincent Price camps it up even more than he did in "Abominable", if that's possible. Both are fun movies that don't take themselves too seriously with some gruesome, creative deaths thrown in as well. I've not seen too many of Price's horror pics, but these two now have my interest piqued. I'll definitely be seeking out some more flicks like this.
October 8, 2007
Not quite as amazing as the original Dr. Phibes, but astounding nonetheless Bridges the b-movie and grindhouse genres.
September 30, 2007
The law of diminishing returns strikes again. Despite the incredibly final ending of the previous film, this film starts up by saying that what we saw before was actually a lie. Victoria Phibes is not entirely dead and Dr. Anton Phibes merely went into suspended animation at the end of the previous film. It seems that in Egypt there is a river that can grant immortality and Phibes intends to go there with his wife. Unfortunately, he has to beat the mysterious Biederbeck there in order to fully experience the benefits. The main appeal of the first film was how focused Phibes was on his revenge and the elasborate means he went about extracting it. Here, however, Phibes seemingly invents elaborate death traps out of thin air. He also kills indiscriminately like some slasher movie villain. If you enjoyed the first film you might like this one but it's a major step down. Although the MGM DVD appasrently restores the original ending music, which is Vincent Price singing "Somewhere Over The Rainbow." If nothing else, it might be worth a look for that.
April 24, 2007
Price reprises his role as Phibes in the quest for the river of life to bring back his wife only now to be pursued by his arch rival. Phibes must use his knowledge of curses to keep his foes... disposed of.
March 18, 2007
Regretably weak sequel has neither the humor or awesome kills of its predecessor. Modestly entertaining in its own right, and Vincent Price is always worth watching, but overall it coulda been a lot better.
February 24, 2007
I love this movie. I would love to see this and the first one remade. I know that there is no way that they'll compare, but with today's tech they'd look awsome.
January 17, 2007
The best part of the film is the breathtaking set design Outstanding combination of art deco / comedy / and horror flick. The musical score is fantastic one of the finest horror comedies