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Abominable Dr Phibes
Topic Started: Feb 16 2017, 08:28 AM (155 Views)
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Starring Vincent Price

It's the 1920s and doctors are being mysteriously murdered in some of the most diabolical ways which seem to be directly related to biblical plagues and we soon learn that the insane Dr Anton Phibes is behind the whole thing. Phibes ranks up there with the top villain looney bin for a number of reasons, not the least of which pays direct homage to MYSTERY OF THE WAX MUSEUM.

The whole thing is shot artfully and in such a disturbing and frightening way that I would watch this one with the lights on.

Bit of Trivia...

Joseph Cotten is in this and he resented that all of Price's lines would later be dubbed in due to the character's mouth not moving. Price responded that he did know them anyway, as Price was well known for being a master at memorizing a script. In order for Cotten to correctly respond to Price who wasn't speaking, another actor delivered Price's lines off camera.

Price broke up laughing during filming several times resulting in his makeup needing to be reapplied.

Some of the writing was done by a writer for TV's THE AVENGERS, which explains a whole lot.

8 Year Old Andy Fish, with his hooligan friends at a local theater showing this-- ran screaming out of the theater at the sight of Price's eating scene-- so horrified Fish ran full speed into not one, but two parking meters because he was looking behind him while he ran, certain that Dr Phibes was on his tail. Witnesses described simply that "there was something wrong with that kid."

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"Was"? Did the kid get better?

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