History Film / TheAbominableDrPhibes

2nd Apr '18 8:03:37 AM SeptimusHeap
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* DisproportionateRetribution: In the whole movie, but especially in the last scenes. Dr. Vesalius failed in a surgery with a team of 9 doctors. Then Phibes [[spoiler: reveals his disfigured face, scaring the crap out of him]] and makes him operate on [[spoiler: his son]], alone, while ''constantly'' reminding him about the acid and playing organ. It's just unfair.
** More basic than that: the movie gives no indication that Dr. Vesalius and his team were negligent in any way, or committed any sort of malpractice. Phibes is just looking for someone to punish for his wife's death.

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* DisproportionateRetribution: In the whole movie, but especially in the last scenes. Dr. Vesalius failed in a surgery with a team of 9 doctors. Then Phibes [[spoiler: reveals his disfigured face, scaring the crap out of him]] and makes him operate on [[spoiler: his son]], alone, while ''constantly'' reminding him about the acid and playing organ. It's just unfair.
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unfair. More basic than that: the movie gives no indication that Dr. Vesalius and his team were negligent in any way, or committed any sort of malpractice. Phibes is just looking for someone to punish for his wife's death.
3rd Mar '18 5:53:26 PM Steinman76
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* IrrationalHatred: As noted above under Disproportionate Retribution, the movie gives no indication that the surgical team that failed to save Victoria Phibes actually did anything ''wrong''.
1st Mar '18 4:33:01 PM foxley
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* SinsOfTheFather: Phibes takes revenge on the 10 people he blames for his wife's death. He uses [[ThemeSerialKiller the Ten Plagues of Egypt as his theme]], meaning that the last murder will be death of the first born, aimed at the surgeon's son rather than the surgeon.
27th Feb '18 3:57:34 AM Saveelich
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A 1971 horror film starring Creator/VincentPrice as the eponymous doctor and Joseph Cotten as his nemesis.

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A deliberately campy 1971 horror film starring Creator/VincentPrice as the eponymous doctor and Joseph Cotten as his nemesis.
3rd Jun '17 2:24:37 AM WillBGood
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* ARareSentence:
-->'''Waverley''': A brass unicorn has been catapulted across a London street and impaled an eminent surgeon. Words fail me, gentlemen.
24th Mar '17 2:33:01 AM WillBGood
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* NecRomantic: Despite having a skull-like face, Phibes loving the deceased Victoria is still a little too much.

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* NecRomantic: {{Necromantic}}: Despite having a skull-like face, Phibes loving the deceased Victoria is still a little too much.
14th Feb '17 2:51:08 AM Antwan
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A 1971 horror film starring VincentPrice as the eponymous doctor and Joseph Cotten as his nemesis.

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A 1971 horror film starring VincentPrice Creator/VincentPrice as the eponymous doctor and Joseph Cotten as his nemesis.






** ''Everybody'' needs to be corrected on how to pronounce Kitaj (It's ''Kit-eye'')

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** ''Everybody'' needs to be corrected on how to pronounce Kitaj (It's ''Kit-eye'')''Kit-eye'').



* AntiVillain: Phibes.
* ArtisticLicenseReligion: The film takes liberties with the nature and sequence of several of the biblical Ten Plagues. This ''could'' have been attributed to Phibes playing fast and loose with theology, has the rabbi Trout consults not confirmed the film's version of the list.

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* AntiVillain: Phibes.
* ArtisticLicenseReligion: The film takes liberties with the nature and sequence of several of the biblical Ten Plagues. This ''could'' have been attributed to Phibes playing fast and loose with theology, has had the rabbi Trout consults not confirmed the film's version of the list.



* CostumePorn
* CoversAlwaysLie

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* CostumePorn
CostumePorn: A couple of Vulvania's costumes are rather extravagant. One in particular has her wearing a pink hat that covers the back of her head with several long prongs sticking from the top.
* CoversAlwaysLieCoversAlwaysLie: The poster implies that a romance between the disfigured Phibes and Vulnavia is a major part of the plot. It's not part of the plot at all.



* DeathByIrony: Dr. Hargreaves (the crushing frog mask victim) said "I'm a head shrinker!".

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* DeathByIrony: DeathByIrony:
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Dr. Hargreaves (the crushing frog mask victim) said "I'm a head shrinker!".shrinker!".
** "I must say, I feel rather like a head of state!" Cue the unicorn head impaling him through the chest.



* GoodIsDumb: Dr. Vesalius could've killed Phibes, [[spoiler:then turned off the machine that would pour acid on his son]], and then proceed to call the police. He even had a scalpel in his hand! The only reason for him to not do so seems to be this piece of dialogue:
-->'''Dr. Vesalius''': [[spoiler:Your wife no, Phibes, but you I will kill.]]
-->'''Dr. Phibes''': [[spoiler:But you can't, doctor. I'm already dead.]]

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* GoodIsDumb: GoodIsDumb:
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Dr. Vesalius could've killed Phibes, [[spoiler:then turned off the machine that would pour acid on his son]], and then proceed to call the police. He even had a scalpel in his hand! The only reason for him to not do so seems to be this piece of dialogue:
-->'''Dr. Vesalius''': [[spoiler:Your wife no, Phibes, but you I will kill.]]
-->'''Dr.
]]\\
'''Dr.
Phibes''': [[spoiler:But you can't, doctor. I'm already dead.]]



** Even before, Dr. Vesalius was not the brighest person when he suggested for nurse Allen to take a sleeping pill. [[spoiler:She could have survived if she was awake.]]
*** It was a common practice in many movies made before about the middle 1970s for doctors to give upset women sleeping pills or sedative shots if danger wasn't in plain sight.
* GottaKillThemAll

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** Even before, Dr. Vesalius was not the brighest brightest person when he suggested for nurse Allen to take a sleeping pill. [[spoiler:She could have survived if she was awake.]]
*** It
In fairness, it was a common practice in many movies made before about the middle 1970s for doctors to give upset women sleeping pills or sedative shots if danger wasn't in plain sight.
sight, but [[spoiler:she could have survived her fate if she was awake]].
* GottaKillThemAllGottaKillThemAll: For Phibes, every person involved in Victoria's operation must die.



* LoveMakesYouEvil

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* LoveMakesYouEvilLoveMakesYouEvil: Evil enough to kill, that is.



* NecRomantic

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* NecRomanticNecRomantic: Despite having a skull-like face, Phibes loving the deceased Victoria is still a little too much.



* NotThatKindOfDoctor: Phibes has his doctorates in theology and music.
** Though he does know enough about surgery to safely [[spoiler:cut open a boy's chest and plant a key inside him.]]

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* NotThatKindOfDoctor: Phibes has his doctorates in theology and music.
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music. Though he does know enough about surgery to safely [[spoiler:cut open a boy's chest and plant a key inside him.]]him]].



* PimpedOutDress: Some of Vulnavia's dresses.
* PoeticSerialKiller

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* PimpedOutDress: Some of Vulnavia's dresses.
dresses are pretty elaborate. Her white mink outfit is probably the most normal one.
* PoeticSerialKillerPoeticSerialKiller: All his kills are based off the Ten Plagues of Death.



* [[TrailersAlwaysLie Posters Always Lie:]] The poster implies that a romance between the disfigured Phibes and Vulnavia is a major part of the plot. It's not part of the plot at all.
* [[TrailersAlwaysSpoil Posters Always Spoil:]] Phibes' disfigured face was supposed to be TheReveal. It's right there at the top of the screen.
* PrettyInMink: Vulnavia has a white fur coat and hat.

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* [[TrailersAlwaysLie Posters Always Lie:]] The poster implies that a romance between the disfigured Phibes and Vulnavia is a major part of the plot. It's not part of the plot at all.
* [[TrailersAlwaysSpoil Posters Always Spoil:]] Spoil]]: Phibes' disfigured face was supposed to be TheReveal. It's right there at the top of the screen.
* PrettyInMink: Vulnavia first appearance has her in a white fur coat and hat.



* TheRoaringTwenties

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* TheRoaringTwentiesTheRoaringTwenties: The story takes place in the early-to-mid 1920s.



* UsefulNotes/ScotlandYard

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* UsefulNotes/ScotlandYardUsefulNotes/ScotlandYard: This institution is on the case of tracking down Phibes and investigating his string of murders.



* [[spoiler: ThanatosGambit: Phibes prepares to join his wife in death once his vengeance is accomplished.]]

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* [[spoiler: ThanatosGambit: Phibes [[spoiler:Phibes prepares to join his wife in death once his vengeance is accomplished.]]



* VillainProtagonist
* WickedCultured

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* VillainProtagonist
VillainProtagonist: Dr. Phibes
* WickedCulturedWickedCultured: Phibes is very adept at the organ, loves being theatrical, and is knowledgeable of the arts and Egyptian history.
27th May '16 12:21:17 AM Mdumas43073
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27th May '16 12:20:59 AM Mdumas43073
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27th May '16 12:13:08 AM Mdumas43073
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Followed by a sequel, ''Film/DrPhibesRisesAgain'', in 1973.

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Followed a year later by a sequel, ''Film/DrPhibesRisesAgain'', in 1973.
''Film/DrPhibesRisesAgain''.
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