The Abominable Dr. Phibes Reviews

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
October 31, 2013

There's camp to spare -- check out the doc's house band -- but there's also plenty of innovation on display, to say nothing of ample amounts of effective humor.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Keith Phipps
The Dissolve
October 22, 2013

Fuest plays up the 1930s-by-way-of-the-1970s set design, but any atmosphere gets lost in scene after scene that's lighted like a TV show.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
April 8, 2012

Arguably the single greatest AIP release made without Roger Corman on hand as either producer or director... One of Price's signature roles.

Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Steve Biodrowski
March 9, 2009

"The perfect combination of horror and humor."

Lucius Gore
August 4, 2008

Director Fuest brings an enormous sense of art-deco style and grand guingol humor to the affair ...

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Mark Bourne
April 4, 2006

If Se7en and Hannibal are grand opera, The Abominable Dr. Phibes is Gilbert & Sullivan.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 21, 2006

The insane storyline is just what you would expect from a deliriously appealing Vincent Price horror flick.

Full Review | Original Score: B+
Cole Smithey
November 6, 2005

Googalee moogalee Vincent Price.

| Original Score: 4/5
Matt Bailey
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
October 11, 2005

Vincent Price was an actor who never gave anything than his best possible performance at any given time.

Emanuel Levy
August 12, 2005

Funny and goofy period horror flick, featuring a strong turn from Vincent Price

| Original Score: 3/5
Staci Layne Wilson
March 7, 2005

Cool! Vincent Price goes on a killing spree using the Nine Plagues of Egypt as crib notes.

Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 23, 2004

Typical Price bread-n-butter horror flick, spawned sequel.

| Original Score: 4/5
Gerry Shamray
Your Movies (
March 18, 2004

Deliciously dark and hammy horror flick.

| Original Score: 4/5
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
March 18, 2004

Grisly and amusing, but not quite amusing enough.

| Original Score: 2/5
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
December 7, 2003

A wonderful horror outing for Vincent Price; a genre film with wit and style as well as goosebumps.

| Original Score: 3/5
Luanne Brown
Chico Enterprise-Record
August 6, 2002

This one gave me nightmares when I first saw it in 1972. Okay, so I'm a whimp but the creepy camp is cool.

| Original Score: 1/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
July 30, 2002

The tone is invariably quirky -- as are the crimes -- and the helpful parties range from the eccentric to the downright dotty. The results are a great deal of fun.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 27, 2001

done in a comic spirit that makes what might have been repulsive into the merely creepy bordering on laugh-inducing.

| Original Score: 3/4
Randy Shulman
Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
May 13, 2004

| Original Score: 5/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 29, 2003

| Original Score: 4/5
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