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4th Feb '16 4:44:56 PM WanderingBrowser
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* AnimalAssassinAnimalAssassin: Several of the murders make use of this. Phibes arranges for the first victim, Professor Thornton, to be stung to death by bees to emulate the plague of boils. The second victim, Doctor Dunwoody, is mauled to death by bats. The sixth victim, Doctor Kitaj, has his plane filled with rats, causing him to panic and fatally crash it. Finally, the 8th victim, Nurse Allen, is coated with a syrupy distillation of brussels sprouts so that a swarm of locusts will fatally gnaw her face off.



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* ComplexityAddictionComplexityAddiction: Phibes' entire scheme in general, and some of his specific kills in particular. Let's just say it; there are easier ways to kill someone than to arrange for them to be sedated, paint them with boiled-up brussels sprouts, and then fill the room with hungry locusts and wait for them to be EatenAlive.



* DeathSeeker: [[spoiler:Phibes.]]
* 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 [[spoiler: on his son, alone, while ''constantly'' reminding him about the acid and playing organ.]] It's just unfair.

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* DeathSeeker: [[spoiler:Phibes.[[spoiler:Phibes himself. He wants to murder the entire surgical team first, but his ultimate plan is to die himself, since even having had revenge, it still won't be enough.]]
* 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: on his son, son]], alone, while ''constantly'' reminding him about the acid and playing organ.]] organ. It's just unfair.
4th Oct '15 9:47:44 PM WillBGood
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* YouLookFamiliar: Hugh Griffith and Terry-Thomas, who'd appeared in the original film, return here as different characters.
4th Oct '15 9:46:37 PM WillBGood
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* GoodIsDumb: Dr. Vesalius could've killed Phibes, [[spoiler:then turned off the machine that would drop acid in 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:

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* GoodIsDumb: Dr. Vesalius could've killed Phibes, [[spoiler:then turned off the machine that would drop pour acid in 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:
4th Oct '15 9:45:51 PM WillBGood
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* ColdHam: A rare example from Price, who usually served his ham fresh and hot.
12th Jun '15 1:56:49 AM Mdumas43073
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* ThatsAllFolks: Phibes's EvilLaugh is heard at the end of the closing credits.
9th May '15 9:32:49 AM JulietF2
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* DisproportionateRetribution: In the whole movie, but specially 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 [[spoiler: on his son, alone, while ''constantly'' reminding him about the acid and playing organ.]] It's just unfair.

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* DisproportionateRetribution: In the whole movie, but specially 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 [[spoiler: on his son, alone, while ''constantly'' reminding him about the acid and playing organ.]] It's just unfair.


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*** 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.
29th Nov '14 4:46:00 PM Dutchtica
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** ''Everybody'' needs to be corrected on how to pronounce Kitaj (It's ''Kit-eye'')
8th Aug '14 10:22:23 AM Alberich
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** Another possible reason is his belief that Phibes has planned for contingencies, as witness this piece of dialogue:
-->'''Dr. Vesalius''' (to Trout): Human error won't stop him. He's had years to hide, to plot this damnable thing.
14th Jun '14 6:11:12 AM WillBGood
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* ActorAllusion:
** In real life, VincentPrice was an excellent chef and art expert. In the movie, Phibes cooks up a Brussels sprouts-based concoction in order to get locusts to eat a woman, and throws a withering DeathGlare at one of his victims upon seeing an ugly piece of art in his room.
** [[Film/HouseOfWax1953 The wax busts]] he melts after each kill. And, indeed, the casting of Price as a vengeful and disfigured burn victim.
** Dr. Phibes' wife's full name is Victoria Regina Phibes. ''Victoria Regina'' was the name of a 1935 play starring Vincent Price.



* FakeBrit: Joseph Cotten as Dr. Vesalius.



* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Creator/PeterCushing as Dr. Vesalius. He turned the role down because of the serious illness of his wife. He got a cameo in the sequel though. And, you know, given that they ended up with Creator/JosephCotten, it's not a total loss.



* TheOtherDarrin: Vulnavia. Virginia North was pregnant and therefore unable to reprise the role. Valli Kemp was cast instead.



* RealitySubtext: This was the last film Price did for American International Pictures, who were planning on replacing him with Robert Quarry as their main horror star (it didn't go too well. You've barely ever heard of Quarry, right?). Some of the dislike between their characters is genuine.
** Even more uncomfortable in ''Madhouse'', where Price plays an iconic horror actor, and Quarry plays an exec who is deliberately trying to ruin his career.



* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Various ideas for a third film were discussed, including protecting the eternal life secret from Nazis, Phibes fighting a group of Satanists led by the grandson of Vesalius, Phibes fighting another Satanist (ChristopherLee and Donald Pleasance were considered for the part, and there would have been a scene where Phibes puts butter on one guy and boils him like a lobster) in Greece and eventually [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence ascending to a higher plane of existence]]. Victoria would be an active character in the third movie, and serve as her husband's MoralityPet. At least one of the scripts was to have given the Clockwork Wizards mechanical band the power of full movement, and have them engage in a street battle with a squad of armed policemen. Several scripts were written (including one titled Brides Of Phibes, which was planned to co-star Roddy Mc Dowall as Phibes' adversary), and a few of these met Price's approval, but his ailing health prevented their production.
14th Jun '14 6:08:53 AM WillBGood
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* ScaryScorpions: In one of the deathtraps.
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