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Dr. Phibes Rises Again! (1972)

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Release Date: Jun 1, 1972 Wide

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This sequel to the stylish 1971 melodrama The Abominable Dr. Phibes once more stars Vincent Price in the title role. Long believed dead, Phibes arises from a state of suspended animation, in search of the means to bring his deceased wife back to the land of the living. Phibes also wears a rubber mask to disguise his own horribly disfigured countenance. (The giveaway: he never moves his mouth when speaking, and eats by applying his fork to his neck!) With the aid of the enigmatic, never-speaking

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With Phibes now nominally the hero, the audience is ... invited to identify and laugh along with him as he polishes off everyone in his way.

July 23, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinefantastique
Cinefantastique

...falls prey to the familiar Curse of the Sequel -- it's a noticeably lesser, lazier work.

April 8, 2006 Full Review Source: DVDJournal.com
DVDJournal.com

The bizarre murders devised are more repelling than scary or smartly done.

February 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Competently made.

October 11, 2005 Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

A slightly campier reworking of the first film.

December 1, 2002 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Sequel to the camp classic makes is a stylish, funny romp.

March 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Comment (1)
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Audience Reviews for Dr. Phibes Rises Again!

The first "Dr. Phibes" film was a remarkably entertaining film that found the right balance between campy humor and grand guignol-style horror. This sequel is unfortunately a huge let-down. Everything that made the original great seems to be completely mishandled this time around. First off, none of the characters are remotely interesting in this one. Secondly, the deaths are nearly as innovative. Also, the technical credits are pretty weak (the direction by Robert Fuest seems to have no sense of pacing where the first one zipped right by). Mostly however is there's too much emphasis on comedy in this one. There's no menace to Phibes anymore. Whereas the first film was a great tongue-in-cheek and campy horror film, the sequel is simply a lousy comedy. Apparently the production was rushed and it shows.

Fortunately, the film is still worth watching thanks to Vincent Price. Even with the lesser material, hes still got it, succeeding where the rest of the film fails - finding the right balance between horror and comedy. The performance is still delightful even if the screenplay calls for him to go too over-the-top. The rest of the cast fares worse. Peter Jeffrey (who was enjoyable in the first one) and the bland Robert Quarry (nowhere near as good an actor as Joseph Cotten) are both given far too much screen time. "Dr. Phibes Rises Again" is another disappointing sequel to a great original. 2 1/2 Stars 2-10-14
February 16, 2014
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A direct continuation of the Phibes' resurrection saga, 'Dr. Phibes Rises Again!' is a lackluster sequel in which Phibes' Shakespearean rants about the River of Life are too long-winded and the methods for dispatching Phibes' enemies are even more graphic which also lessens their macabre wit (a hawk mauling is pretty stomach-churning). The first act is particularly exposition-heavy with another Scotland Yard investigation and the deaths are minimal at best. The MacGuffin in the film is a papyrus which will aid Phibes in his quest for eternal life and it is a rather weak contrivance to relocate the setting to Egypt. At this point Phibes' targets are no longer sympathetic. In fact, Biederbeck is a megalomaniac who is obsessed with his macrobiotic elixir and is vexed by the inconvenience of his henchman's murder via a snake concoction. The only sublime moments blossom from Price's delightful performance such as when Phibes nearly chokes on food which is lodged behind his facial prosthetic or when he gnashes on grapes while a victim agonizingly shrieks from scorpion stings. Obviously Phibes was not destined to be a franchise character as the films have already dovetailed into listless mediocrity.
October 5, 2013
Cory Taylor

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A good sequel to Dr. Phibes, it's just as cool as the first movie, and Price gives another great performance as the good doctor. I enjoyed this movie, it's fun.
December 29, 2010
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