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art deco horror
on 9 September 2007
Stylishly directed by Robert Fuest, these are two delightfully camp horror comedies from the early 70's. Vincent Price is wonderful as the hideously scarred Phibes (usually wearing a Vincent Price mask) who can only talk when attaching a tube, itself attached to a record player, to his throat.
Set in the 1920's, in the first film he wreaks a Biblical revenge on the doctors who killed his wife and in the second does the same on those who would stop him resurrecting her.
The supporting cast is excellent, as are the stylish sets, in particular Phibes' art deco lair, the period music, costume, photography, and witty script. This budget price, widescreen with subtitles, diptych of movies is impossible to beat for three hours of fun.
Oh yes, and it features my favourite horror movie device - sweet faced fruit-eating bats pretending to be scary vicious blood-drinkers. Grr!