22 September 2012

At The Movies~Dr Phibes Double Feature

My favorite Vincent Price role is that of Dr Anton Phibes, who he portrayed in two films; The Abominable Dr. Phibes in 1971 and Dr. Phibes Rises Again in 1972.

 Robert Fuest directed both, imbuing in them a macabre wit and style that is absolutely charming, despite the body count. Terry-Thomas plays two different roles in the  films,  both with his distinctive flair. The beautiful Caroline Munroe plays Phibes' dead wife in both films, never moving a muscle. Some less kind critics might say it was her best role.
The complete film is presented here.

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Dr. Phibes awakens in 1928, three years after the events of the previous movie. His primary goal is the awakening of his dead wife, Victoria. He finds that his house has been demolished, and that the papyrus scrolls he needs to find the Pharaoh's tomb, where the River of Life flows, have been stolen. With the source of the papyrus theft identified, he and his assistant, Vulnavia, leave for Egypt. Vulnavia's face displays no effects from the acid shower she received at the end of the previous film, although she is played by a different actress, Australian model Valli Kemp.

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