History Film / TheAbominableDrPhibes

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''.
27th May '16 12:08:17 AM Mdumas43073
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Followed by a sequel, ''Film/DrPhibesRisesAgain'', in 1973.




After the success of ''Phibes'', the studio naturally greenlit a sequel, ''Dr. Phibes Rises Again''. This film sees Phibes [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin rising again]], and then heading to Egypt, because the river of immortality is buried underneath an ancient temple, and he's pretty sure he's figured out how to find it and bring Victoria back to life. Unfortunately for him, AdventurerArchaeologist Darius Biederbeck is after it, too. So Phibes does the most logical thing he can: he kills all of Biederbeck's excavation crew in overly elaborate, desert-themed ways.
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!!'''''Dr. Phibes rises again''''' contains examples of:

* AdventurerArchaeologist: Biederbeck
* AnotherDimension: Vulnavia is summoned from, and at the end returns to "The Other Side".
* BackFromTheDead: Phibes, of course, although to what extent he was really dead is a bit vague. Also, with no explanation, [[spoiler: Vulnavia. If she's a robot, maybe this one's another copy or something]].
** The rather trippy scene in which she reappears suggests that she is a supernatural being of some sort.
* TheBadGuyWins:
-->"What kind of fiend are you?"\\
"The kind that wins."
* TheCameo: Creator/PeterCushing and Creator/TerryThomas (who plays a different role this time).
* {{Camp}}: Much more so than the first movie
* ElaborateUndergroundBase: While Biederbeck and his team are camped out in tents at the foot of the mountain containing the Egyptian temple, Phibes has a spectacular ArtDeco lair ''inside'' the mountain, complete with his trademark organ and clockwork musicians.
* EyeScream: That poster to the right. Shows up in the film when Phibes' pet eagle pecks out a man's eyes.
* GentlemanAdventurer: Biederbeck
* LargeHam
** HamToHamCombat: Robert Quarry can ham it up, too, although Price is clearly the winner.
* LipLock: Phibes still talks through electrical speakers.
* NecRomantic
* NotSoDifferent: Phibes gives a damn fine argument why Biederbeck isn't really any better than he is.
* RapidAging: [[spoiler: Biederbeck]]
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: [[spoiler: Biederbeck]]
* RuleOfCool: Phibes and Vulnavia having a stylish luncheon in the middle of the desert is cool. His [[ElaborateUndergroundBase underground lair]] is ''awesome''!
* SayMyName: After TheBadGuyWins, all Biederbeck can do is yell "PHIIIIIIIIBES!"
* ScaryScorpions: In one of the deathtraps.
* SoundtrackDissonance: ''[[Film/TheWizardOfOz Sooooooomewheeeeere, over the raaaainbooow...]]''
* SympatheticInspectorAntagonist: Once again, Inspector Trout (Peter Jeffrey). He is even more useless than he was in the first film.
* ThemeNaming: Both Biederbeck and a minor character called Lombardo are named after bandleaders of the time.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Trout and Waverly.
* UnexplainedRecovery: [[spoiler:Vulvania seems to have come through okay from getting drenched in acid at the end of the first film. Although the fact that Phibes summons her from "The Other Side" strongly implies that she is supernatural in nature.]]
* WhatTheHellHero: Biederbeck is repeatedly called out on his utter disregard for all the deaths happening around him. The writers have realized, by this point, that we're all rooting for Phibes anyway, so why bother pretending his nemesis is at all likable?
26th May '16 6:15:38 PM Sharlee
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* 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.
26th May '16 6:05:26 PM Sharlee
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* TerrifyingPetStoreRat: The "plagues" of rats and bats are suspiciously well-groomed, and clearly aren't aggressive or even particularly excited.
4th Feb '16 4:44:56 PM WanderingBrowser
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* AnimalAssassin

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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.



* ComplexityAddiction

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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.
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