Pop Culture Beast’s Halloween Horror Picks #9 – The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)

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phibesposterIn this episode of Pop Culture Beast’s Halloween Horror Picks, I talk about a twisted, macabre revenge flick that remains one of Vincent Price’s most enduring films: The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)!

Directed by Robert Fuest, this darkly comic cult classic stars Price, Joseph Cotten, Peter Jeffrey, Virginia North, Terry-Thomas, Hugh Griffith, Derek Godfrey, and an uncredited Caroline Munro!

The mad organist, doctor and scholar Anton Phibes (Price) is killing off the surgical team who failed to save his wife after a fatal accident, while the beleaguered Inspector Trout (Jeffrey) closes in. Patterning his murders off the ten plagues of Egypt (as chronicled in the Biblical Book of Exodus), Phibes subjects each victim to an elaborate and meticulously devised death trap.

An obvious precursor to both Se7en (1995) and Saw (2004), the film also arguably laid a cinematic foundation for the elaborate death sequences featured throughout the Final Destinations series.

In all of filmdom, Dr. Phibes remains one of cinema’s greatest sympathetic villains, even if he is totally insane! A wickedly funny, wildly entertaining movie that I rate 8/10.

Please look for the final episode of Pop Culture Beast’s Halloween Horror Picks this Thursday! And be sure to check out the other episodes in the series:

Episode #1 – Shivers (1975)
Episode #2 – Strange Behavior (1981)
Episode #3 – The Killer Shrews (1959)
Episode #4 – The Antichrist (1974)
Episode #5 – Don’t Panic (1988)
Episode #6 – Spider Baby (1968)
Episode #7 – Targets (1968)
Episode #8 – Feast (2005)
Episode #10 – Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Please also take a minute to support my own horror movie: Eggs – A Horror Movie starring Lynn Lowry (Shivers, The Crazies, Cat People, etc.) and Duane Whitaker (Pulp Fiction, Feast, The Devil’s Rejects, Halloween 2, etc.), now funding on Kickstarter! As always, there’s a contest at the end of the video: Be the first person to make a pledge and leave a comment on Kickstarter with the correct answer to get a bonus prize added to your reward.



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