->''"Nine killed you, nine shall die and be returned your loss, nine times nine! Nine killed you, nine shall die, nine eternities in [[DoomyDoomsOfDoom doom]]!"''

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

Four years ago, in 1921, Victoria Phibes died after only six minutes on the operating table. While rushing to her side, her husband Anton Phibes, a brilliant organist with expertise in theology, medicine and automation, crashed his car, and was thought to have been killed. In truth, the horrifically burned man had survived, only to learn of the death of his wife. In despair, Phibes went into seclusion, swearing vengeance upon those he perceived responsible for the death of his only love.

Now the year is 1925, and doctors have been perishing in disturbing and bizarre ways. At first, the only connections between them seem to be that the manner of their death is related in some way to one of the ten plagues of Egypt as outlined in the Old Testament, and that a silent, beautiful woman was nearby when they died. Yet there is one more connection between the doctors; a certain failed operation comes back to haunt them.

But if there were ''ten'' plagues, and only ''nine'' people operated on Victoria... then for whom is the Plague of Darkness intended?

Followed a year later by a sequel, ''Film/DrPhibesRisesAgain''.
!!Contains examples of:

* AccidentalMisnaming:
** A RunningGag is that people keep getting Trout's name wrong and calling him after other types of fish.
** Also various characters pronouncing 'Phibes' as 'FIH-bees', which someone else corrects them on.
** ''Everybody'' needs to be corrected on how to pronounce Kitaj (It's ''Kit-eye'').
* AllThereInTheManual: According to the script, Vulnavia is a clockwork creation of Phibes'. The actual movie leaves her nature more ambiguous.
* AnimalAssassin: 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.
* 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, had the rabbi Trout consults not confirmed the film's version of the list.
* BlackCloak: Phibes wears one at the beginning as he flamboyantly plays his organ, complete with ominous black hood. He dons a white cloak in the climax.
* BookEnds: Phibes plays Music/FelixMendelssohn's ''War March Of The Priests'' twice on his organ. The first time opens the movie. He plays it a second time [[spoiler: as he prepares to join his wife in death]] towards the end.
* {{Camp}}: The movie is full of it, Phibes' lair and mannerism in particular.
* ColdHam: A rare example from Price, who usually served his ham fresh and hot.
* CollapsingLair: Phibes orders Vulnavia to destroy everything in his lair once his vengeance is accomplished. She uses an [[AnAxeToGrind axe]], which is not really appropriate for the task. She can only achieve mere vandalizing with it.
* ComplexityAddiction: 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.
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: Phibes' techniques for killing off his enemies involve such varied methods as impaling a man on a brass unicorn's horn (launched through his window ''[[ImprobableAimingSkills from across the street]]''), a contracting, crushing frog mask, and ''[[KillerRabbit adorable]]'' flesh-eating bats[[note]]They're fruit bats, which are imposingly large but have cute faces.[[/note]].
* 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.
* CoversAlwaysLie: 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.
* CuteMute[=/=]TheVoiceless: Phibes' assistant, Vulnavia. [[spoiler:Though she is apparently capable of speech, her only utterance on-camera is an agonized scream as she dies.]]
* DeathByDisfigurement: [[spoiler:Vulnavia is killed by a shower of acid falling on her face, making this rather literal. We don't see the results, but it's safe to say that her dead body won't be very pretty...]]
* DeathByIrony:
** Dr. Hargreaves (the crushing frog mask victim) said "I'm a head shrinker!".
** "I must say, I feel rather like a head of state!" Cue the unicorn head impaling him through the chest.
* DeathSeeker: [[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: 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.
* DramaticUnmask: When [[spoiler: Phibes reveals his disfigured, skull-like face to Vesalius.]]
* 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.]]
** 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.
** Even before, Dr. Vesalius was not the brightest person when he suggested for nurse Allen to take a sleeping pill. 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, but [[spoiler:she could have survived her fate if she was awake]].
* GottaKillThemAll: For Phibes, every person involved in Victoria's operation must die.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: Dr. Whitcombe. With a brass unicorn head.
* KillItWithIce: Dr. Hedgepath is frozen to death with an ice-spewing machine.
* LargeHam: All through mime, yet.
* LipLock: Completely averted; Phibes' throat is too damaged for normal speech, so he communicates by plugging himself into outlets and then - [[ForScience with science]] - speaking through them. Which is to say, Vincent Price acts his character in mime, and then supplies voiceover later. This made his only dialogue scene a bit tricky for Joseph Cotten, who didn't always know when to start speaking.
* LoveMakesYouEvil: Evil enough to kill, that is.
* MurderousMask: Dr. Hargreaves is done in by a mechanically constricting frog mask that crushes his skull.
* {{Necromantic}}: Despite having a skull-like face, Phibes loving the deceased Victoria is still a little too much.
* ANiceChianti: Although he has to drink it through the back of his neck...
* 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]].
* OminousPipeOrgan: As a virtuoso organist, Phibes naturally loves to play his theatre organ in his lair.
* PimpedOutDress: Some of Vulnavia's dresses are pretty elaborate. Her white mink outfit is probably the most normal one.
* PoeticSerialKiller: All his kills are based off the Ten Plagues of Death.
* PoliceAreUseless: Well, except for Trout, and even he is powerless to prevent most of the deaths despite figuring out Phibes' modus operandi fairly early on.
* [[TrailersAlwaysSpoil Posters Always 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.
* ARareSentence:
-->'''Waverley''': A brass unicorn has been catapulted across a London street and impaled an eminent surgeon. Words fail me, gentlemen.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: The whole plot.
* TheRoaringTwenties: The story takes place in the early-to-mid 1920s.
* RuleOfCool: Bats and locusts eat people when Doctor Phibes ''says'' they do, dammit!
* RuleOfFunny: Instant rigor mortis makes unscrewing someone from a wall that much goofier.
* UsefulNotes/ScotlandYard: This institution is on the case of tracking down Phibes and investigating his string of murders.
* SlidingScaleOfComedyAndHorror: Both films have a very dry sense of humor, are well aware of Phibes' epic hamminess, and generally don't take themselves all that seriously.
* SoundtrackDissonance: One of the victims dies rather horribly at a fancy-dress party to the strains of "The Darktown Strutter's Ball".
* SympatheticInspectorAntagonist: Inspector Trout (Peter Jeffrey).
* TalkingToTheDead: Phibes keeps his dead wife's body preserved and frequently speaks to her.
* TerrifyingPetStoreRat: The "plagues" of rats and bats are suspiciously well-groomed, and clearly aren't aggressive or even particularly excited.
* ThanatosGambit: [[spoiler:Phibes prepares to join his wife in death once his vengeance is accomplished.]]
* ThatsAllFolks: Phibes's EvilLaugh is heard at the end of the closing credits.
* ThemeSerialKiller: Dr. Phibes used the 10 plagues of Egypt to carry out his revenge.
* UnlimitedWardrobe: Vulnavia dons a different outfit in every one of her scenes.
* VillainProtagonist: Dr. Phibes
* WickedCultured: Phibes is very adept at the organ, loves being theatrical, and is knowledgeable of the arts and Egyptian history.
* WomanInWhite: Vulnavia's first appearance.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Phibes.