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Film / Dr. Phibes Rises Again

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Dr. Phibes Rises Again is a 1972 sequel to The Abominable Dr. Phibes directed by Robert Fuest, starring Vincent Price, Robert Quarry, and Peter Cushing.

This film sees Phibes 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, Adventurer Archaeologist 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.


Dr. Phibes Rises Again contains examples of:

  • Adventurer Archaeologist: Biederbeck
  • Animal Assassin: Played with: Phibes sends a robotic snake to threaten one of his victims, who destroys it with a pool cue. Then another snake making the same clockwork sound approaches, so the victim picks it up in fascination at the realistic robotics; he finds out the hard way that it's a real snake with a clockwork noisemaker attached. Bitten, the victim grabs a phone to call for help, and a snake-shaped spike pops out of the earpiece and stabs him through the head.
  • Another Dimension: Vulnavia is summoned from, and at the end returns to "The Other Side".
  • Back from the Dead: Phibes, of course, although to what extent he was really dead is a bit vague. Also, with no explanation, 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.
  • The Bad Guy Wins:
    "What kind of fiend are you?"
    "The kind that wins."
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  • The Cameo: Peter Cushing and Terry-Thomas (who plays a different role this time).
  • Camp: Much more so than the first movie
  • Elaborate Underground Base: While Biederbeck and his team are camped out in tents at the foot of the mountain containing the Egyptian temple, Phibes has a spectacular Art Deco lair inside the mountain, complete with his trademark organ and clockwork musicians.
  • Eye Scream: That poster to the right. Shows up in the film when Phibes' pet eagle pecks out a man's eyes.
  • Gentleman Adventurer: Biederbeck
  • Large Ham
    • Ham-to-Ham Combat: Robert Quarry can ham it up, too, although Price is clearly the winner.
  • Lip Lock: Phibes still talks through electrical speakers.
  • Nec Romantic
  • Not So Different: Phibes gives a damn fine argument why Biederbeck isn't really any better than he is.
  • Rapid Aging: Biederbeck
  • Really 700 Years Old: Biederbeck
  • Rule of Cool: Phibes and Vulnavia having a stylish luncheon in the middle of the desert is cool. His underground lair is awesome!
  • Say My Name: After The Bad Guy Wins, all Biederbeck can do is yell "PHIIIIIIIIBES!"
  • Scary Scorpions: In one of the deathtraps.
  • Sickening "Crunch!": Baker is crushed to death in a man-size vice by Phibes, with the appropriate sound.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: Sooooooomewheeeeere, over the raaaainbooow...
  • Sundial Waypoint: Phibes emerges from the mechanized tomb when a beam of moonlight strikes a specific spot on the crypt's entrance.
  • Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist: Once again, Inspector Trout (Peter Jeffrey). He is even more useless than he was in the first film.
  • Theme Naming: Both Biederbeck and a minor character called Lombardo are named after bandleaders of the time.
  • Those Two Guys: Trout and Waverly.
  • Unexplained Recovery: 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.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: 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?


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