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Dr. Phibes Rises Again [Vincent Price]

Dr. Phibes Rises Again (1972), starring Vincent Price, Robert Quarry

Dr. Phibes Rises Again begins with Phibes arising from suspended animation. Having gotten revenge for his wife’s murder, Dr. Phibes now plans to revive her, with hidden knowledge from ancient Egypt.  He again begins a series of bizarre, grisly murders, while avoiding Inspector Trout.  And staying one step ahead of a rival, who also covets the secret.

Review

Vincent Price as Dr. Phibes, about to revive from his suspended animation

In short, Dr. Phibes Rises Again is an entertaining sequel to The Abominable Dr. Phibes that doesn’t rise to the original. It’s enjoyable, but unlike the original, the Doctor doesn’t have any animus against most of his victims. They simply got in his way. Very gory deaths, especially for the time. Likewise, it’s inconceivable when he would have had time to set up his elaborate death traps. They’re still enjoyable, of course, but it takes me (slightly) out of the picture.

Cast of characters

Minor characters

Editorial review of Dr. Phibes Rises Again courtesy of Amazon.com

The title says it all–the abominable Dr. Phibes is back and as ruthless as ever. No longer content with merely avenging his wife’s death, Phibes is now bent on her resurrection. Phibes and his mute assistant, Vulnavia, set off for Egypt, meting out bizarrely elaborate deaths–everything from clockwork snakes to a particularly severe exfoliation treatment–to all who stand in their way. This time Phibes has two competitors to race against, the trusty Inspector Trout and the renowned archaeologist Biederbeck, who has his own reasons for chasing Phibes.

Like its predecessor, Dr. Phibes Rises Again adds dark wit and imaginative art direction to the mix. Vincent Price is once again in high form, playing his organ with swooping arms and adding dry comic touches with a delicately cocked eyebrow. A worthy successor to the classic original. –Ali Davis

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