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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the original !
Better by far in fact. If you enjoyed The Abominable Dr. Phibes and are thinking of seeing this, then hesitate no more! The excellent Robert Fuest delivers the goods again with style and panache.

And if you liked the Phibes movies, track down Fuest's 'And Soon The Darkness' (scripted by Terry Nation and Brian Clemens in top form).
Published on 16 Nov 2007 by Karel Bata

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but where are the witty corpse-making methods from Dr. Phibes' abominable past?
Melt a package of Velveeta, add a can of jalapeno slices and you'll have a good dip for corn chips. The problem with this sequel to The Abominable Dr. Phibes is that this time Phibes ain't got no jalapenos. With Dr. Phibes Rises Again we have Phibes (Vincent Price) in Egypt, along with his preserved wife, Victoria, his silent assistant, the well-built Vulnavia, and his...
Published on 2 Dec 2007 by C. O. DeRiemer


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5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the original !, 16 Nov 2007
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Karel Bata (London (a posh bit)) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Dr. Phibes Rises Again [DVD] (DVD)
Better by far in fact. If you enjoyed The Abominable Dr. Phibes and are thinking of seeing this, then hesitate no more! The excellent Robert Fuest delivers the goods again with style and panache.

And if you liked the Phibes movies, track down Fuest's 'And Soon The Darkness' (scripted by Terry Nation and Brian Clemens in top form).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dr Phibes Rises Again - A sequel that matches the original, 12 Oct 2009
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Victor (Hull, England) - See all my reviews
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In 1971 the original `Abominable Dr Phibes' was released, and defined the genre of revenge psycho killer black comedy. It set the bar incredibly high for any following films, but the team responsible rose to the challenge and made this sequel in the following year. Unusually, the sequel is as good, or perhaps better than, the original.

After 3 years asleep, Phibes is awoken by his rather ingenious alarm clock. He sets about finding the secret of eternal life in Egypt (on behalf of his beloved wife), and merrily slaughtering anyone foolish enough to get in his way with a series of wonderfully inventive methods, involving clockwork snakes, grit blasting, scorpions, eagles, and my personal favourite, a distinctly un-orthopaedic bed.

Vying against Phibes is Beiderbeck, played by Robert Quarry, who also needs to find the secret river, for reasons of his own.

Vincent Price once again shines as Phibes, as evil genius psycho killers go, he's one of the best. Even though he's evil, he's so likeable that you really end up rooting for him at the end.

The film is once again a mix of grisly death and destruction, leavened with lashings of black humour (mainly provided by the two policemen on his trail and totally out of their depth), and a rip roaringly good 90 minutes entertainment.

This is decent budget DVD release. The film is presented in the original 1.85:1 widescreen, with a mono soundtrack. There has been no remastering, but the picture is nice and clean with a minimum of artefacts. Extras are limited to the original theatrical trailer, which is quite interesting.

Recommended to all fans of black comedy and evil genius revenge horror films.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Phibes Goes Mad In Egypt, 7 April 2011
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Mr. Jonathon T. Beckett "vampire lover" (Dracula's Crypt) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Dr. Phibes Rises Again [DVD] (DVD)
Dr Anton Phibes(Vincent Price) awakens from his self imposed hibernation to discover the ancient Papyrus that will lead him to a sacred River of Life in Egypt has been stolen, and his house is in ruins. The papyrus is in the possession of archaeologist Darrus Biederbeck, whose outwardly ruthless exterior hides a terrible secret, a secret that drives Biederbeck towards the same destination as Phibes. Soon both parties arrive in Egypt, but Phibes will stop at nothing to achieve his goals, murdering anybody who gets in his way. Time is running out for both men...
This tremendous sequel to the stylish revenge comedy horror 'The Abominable Dr Phibes' differs in one respect. This time around, Dr Phibes doesn't have revenge on his mind, only the goal to bring his dead wife Victoria back from the dead. Fortunately for us, he still dispatches his perceived enemies with great style and the odd quip or two.
What this film shares with its predecessor is great wit, a wonderful visual style and classy Art Deco sets. The cast is even better this time around. Returning from the first film are Peter Jeffrey and John Cater, the lame arm of the law, Trout and Waverley of the Yard. Also returning, but in different roles are Terry-Thomas, who doesn't part with any of the red stuff this time around, playing sweaty shipping agent Lomardo. Hugh Griffith also returns, playing Biederbecke's unfortunate associate Harry Ambrose whose inquisitiveness leads him to be washed up on the shores of Blighty stuffed into a giant bottle of Gin. Other potential victims include Gerald Sim, Lewis Fiander, a young John Thaw and Fiona Lewis. Rounding off the cast are Peter Cushing and Beryl Reid in cameo roles. However, it's Quarry who provides the best support for Vincent Price, bringing a steely determination to the role of Biederbecke.
I enjoyed this just as much as the better known Abominable Dr Phibes. Both films are camp, but very knowing in their campness. They might well be an excuse to stage a series of elaborate death scenes, but they are both so enjoyable that it hardly matters. A year later Price would surpass his achievements in these films, by appearing as Edward Lionheart in the glorious horror comedy Theatre Of Blood. However, Robert Fuest's two Dr Phibes films retain a special magic all of their own.
This dvd release has a nice clean picture transfer and clear audio. Very little in regards to extras. 5 out of 5 all the same.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but where are the witty corpse-making methods from Dr. Phibes' abominable past?, 2 Dec 2007
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C. O. DeRiemer (San Antonio, Texas, USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Dr Phibes Rises Again [DVD] [1972] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
Melt a package of Velveeta, add a can of jalapeno slices and you'll have a good dip for corn chips. The problem with this sequel to The Abominable Dr. Phibes is that this time Phibes ain't got no jalapenos. With Dr. Phibes Rises Again we have Phibes (Vincent Price) in Egypt, along with his preserved wife, Victoria, his silent assistant, the well-built Vulnavia, and his swinging automaton band. Can he find the headwaters of the River of Life, hidden under an ancient mountain within a lavish underground temple built by the now-vanished Egyptian pharaohs, before an obsessive and wealthy dilettante explorer, Darius Biederbeck (Robert Quarry), does? Will Dr. Phibes invent some intricate and painful deaths for those who get is his way...as in deaths by telephone receiver, giant gin bottle, claw, stinger, Henry James and sand particle (lots of them)? Will the bumbling police duo of Inspector Trout and Sir Wayne Waring show up to perform a vaudeville act of silly misunderstandings and pompous posturing? Will there be a number of good actors who seem to have wandered into the movie for a moment or two of cameo immortality, never to be seen again in the movie once they say their sentence or two, such as Peter Cushing, Beryl Reid, Hugh Griffin and Terry-Thomas? Even John Thaw shows up with curly brown hair 15 years before he became Inspector Morse. Is Dr. Phibes clunky and, for long stretches, simply dull? Warning: Spoilers. Yes to all the above.

The Abominable Dr. Phibes was great cheese, and witty in its Bible-based, corpse-producing methods. It also offered us one first-rate, sympathetic actor in a leading role, Joseph Cotten as Dr. Vesalius. If the first Dr. Phibes film was an unctuous slice of liverwurst, this one is simply an under-cooked blood-pudding, stuffed with bits of edible body organs but under-seasoned. Even Vincent Price's hamminess is held in check. He's constrained by the make-believe that he has to use an artificial speaking device (because of an encounter with acid). All his lines have been recorded separately, probably after filming, leaving him on camera to twitch a bit when we hear his voice.

To watch Price in all his hammy glory in witty vehicles of camp, comedy and corpses, try Theater of Blood and The Abominable Dr. Phibes. As for this film, well, it does no real damage except to Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg; the last thing we hear is Vincent Price singing "Over the Rainbow."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dr Phibes Rises Again., 10 April 2009
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Mr. C. S. Hutchinson (United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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Good hokey 1970s fun. The film picks up where the Abonimable Dr Phibes leaves off with Phibes attempting to revive his beloved using the secrets of ancient Egypt. The film features a distinguished cast including Robert Quarry, Peter Cushing, Terry Thomas, John Thaw and Peter Jeffrey amongst others. It also features the same level of ingenuity in dispatching them as its prequel. Not as original or as gruesomely funny as the original, but a good addition to any collection of a bigone era of Horror films.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars V for Vendetta....., 28 Aug 2008
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...and an absolute scream (sorry)...

Vincent Price is back with the sole aim of restoring his dead wife to life, ably assisted by silent (and rather sexy) assasin, Vulnavia...

The opening scene is magic, as Price is restored to life and camply sets about inspecting his (now demolished) house. From here we're whisked from London, to Egypt and beyond as the trail for the key to eternal life hots up between Phibes and his Rival explorer...

The death scenes and gags are good, if not quite up there with part 1 or the magnificent 'Theatre Of Blood' (Price's masterwork), but there's more than enough fun to be had with the clockwork snakes, squash boxes and scorpion chairs... ouch...

Shot on film in the early 70's, the film retains a suitably odd look thanks to the rapidly evolving technology, and cameos from heavyweights such as Terry Thomas and the magnificent Peter Cushing add gravitas...

A frightening treat...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great film, poor DVD, 8 May 2013
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As many other reviewers attest,this film is great fun. I think I even prefer it to the first. It's very anti-realist and stylised, paying homage to the Valentino cult (circa 'The Sheikh'?) and chock-full of the high-end 1920s and 30s trappings that enjoyed a second vogue in this period. Very good looking and quite dreamy, in its way. It's also highly comical, despite the gore. So it's a shame that there's been no restoration on the film and the transfer to DVD appears to have been done from my half-speed VHS tape made from a showing on ITV in 1999 - this pearl deserves better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Phibes in Egypt, 16 Sep 2009
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Dr Anton Phibes (Vincent Price) wakes from his self-imposed "curse of darkness" to discover that in the 3 years he has been in the state of suspended animation his home on Maldine Square has been demolished and the vital papyrus has been stolen by his rival Darius Biederbeck (Robert Quarry). The papyrus shows the gateway to the source of the elixir of life.

Phibes must recover the papyrus to resurrect his beloved wife, Victoria (Caroline Monro). Biederbeck is also looking for the elixir of life. It becomes a race between Phibes and Biederbeck and his team (which includes John Thaw) to get to the elixir first.

Returning as Inspector Trout is Peter Jeffrey; also back in this film is Terry Thomas (Dr Longstreet - Abominable Dr Phibes) as the Shipping Agent Lombado.

The original Vulnavia (Virgina North) was pregnant at the time of filming so she was replaced by Villi Kemp.

Dr Phibes Rises Again was the second in what was supposed to be a trilogy, but the 3rd film was never made. This, as it turned out, was the last film that Vincent Price made for American International Pictures (AIP). AIP had decided to replace him as their main horror lead actor with Robert Quarry.

Peter Cushing (who makes a guest appearance as Ship's Captain) was supposed to have the larger role of Dr Vesalius (played by Joseph Cotton) in the Abominable Dr Phibes but had to step-down due to his wife's serious illness. He was offered this small part as a consolation.

This is a cracking film, though I prefer the first one. When you think that he was only able to use facial gestures and body language in conjunction with a pre-recorded soundtrack Vincent Price's performance becomes more amazing.

This isn't quite up to the level of the Abominable Dr Phibes, but it's very close.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite as good as the original..., 16 Jun 2014
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M. Joyce (Cairo, Egypt) - See all my reviews
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I liked the first Dr Phibes film; this one, released in 1972, a year after the original, is not quite as enjoyable, but passes the time pleasantly enough.

Vincent Price returns as the abominable Phibes, as do Peter Jeffrey and John Cater, both on good form as the bumbling policemen. Also returning from the first film are Hugh Griffith and Terry-Thomas, both of whom are always good value, but this time they are playing different parts. The lovely Caroline Munro is back as Phibes's dead wife, but we have a new Vulnavia in the shape of Valli Kemp, replacing Virginia North from the earlier film.

Phibes's main adversary is played by Robert Quarry, an actor briefly famous in the 70s as Count Yorga; he's nothing special, to be honest, and it's especially frustrating when we have Peter Cushing, an actor of real stature, wasted in a cameo role as the captain.

Price is never less than watchable, of course, but the chief pleasure of the film comes from the deaths to which Phibes's enemies are subjected; they are by turns inventive and funny, even if the special effects are often quite crummy.

The ending of the film is not terribly clear; were they thinking of another sequel, I wonder?

So, not as good as the first film, but it's pretty entertaining nonetheless.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ok, but not as good as the first, 9 Jun 2014
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Recently watched the original and got this on a whim. Its good Sunday afternoon viewing although doesnt reach the heights of the original. Time for a reboot? Who would play Phibes?
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