Saturday, October 01, 2011

Dr. Phibes Rises Again

(1972) *** 1/2

Dr. Phibes arises once again in an attempt to resurrect his beloved Victoria. This of course involves a series of interesting murders. He went with an Egyptian theme this time around, snakes and scorpions galore! Perhaps I’m evil, but I really enjoy watching Phibes pick off these tight assed English dudes. One by one they fall victim to his hand.

Although this slightly lacked in luster as compared to the first film, it still maintains the overall weirdness. The interesting deaths are a constant, however, this sequel is more plot heavy. I seriously didn’t feel bad for anyone who gets killed, they all seemed deserving to me, even the guy who is crushed to death in a giant vise. This version is a bit more whimsical, including some slinging of a few good one liners. If Phibes had a fan club, I’d join it.

6 comments:

DCD said...

I love that picture of VP in those gloves! I definitely have to see these movies...

Catfreeek said...

So worth it, I picked a couple of good ones to kick it off.

Landshark said...

Man, did you watch these back to back last night, or wait till the morning to do the sequel?

I'm going to have to check these out.

Catfreeek said...

I watched them both today.

Octopunk said...

I came across this movie completely randomly the very last day of my freshman year in college. I was extremely un-sober and wandered into the pathetic lounge on my floor to channel surf on a non-cable TV. I came across the scene with that guy who's on the phone in your picture. It made a serious impression on me, and the Dr. Phibes movies were two of my earliest Horrorthon 2004 screenings.

I would join that fan club too, Cat.

50PageMcGee said...

i just read the part in your first review about "working out his grief."

i wonder whether he ever got there. like he commits that one last murder and is like. "Ahh. [surprised] Ahhhh. Wow. I feel like way better now. That last one really hit the spot. Now I can move on."