Compelling concoction of Jazz Age decadence, Victorian romance, and Swinging London/mod pop art. Thoroughly well-researched and teeming with unique and interesting backstory that allows for the viewer to fill in his own narrative. A strange and sad tale of loss and revenge. Gruesomely satisfying clockwork murders. Price brilliant in a silent performance. Fuest underrated as a director of style and atmosphere.
Oh how I love campy-cheesy-over-the-top horror films from the 70s. Dr. Phibes is another compulsive maniac with creative murder scenes and bubbly-mad personality. I just wish the murders took more time on screen. That's all.
Bloody good black comedy with the heavyweights Vincent Price and Joseph Cotten. Dr. Anton Phibes seeks revenge against the surgeons that, according to him, were responsible of the death of his beautiful wife, played by the graceful Caroline Munro. great art deco sets and overall camp feeling.
Vincent Price play one of these great over-the-top villains that try to kill his enemies by using the Old Testament as the blueprint. Virgina North is perfectly cast as his sexy companion. It's tongue-in-cheek approach is worth a watch even if Dr. Phibes should have left his revenge plans as he has such a sexy helper that there is no way he could have remembered his wife being dead being with her. Still, pure fun.
Very cool seeing Price and Cotten, two of my favs, working together. This is actually a surprisingly well made horror film, given the seemingly low budget (it was by American International after all). The imaginativeness of the murders makes this almost like a Saw precursor. The subtle humor thrown in at the expense of the bumbling police helps lighten the otherwise very somber mood of the film. Great 70s horror. 4.5