The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)


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Long thought dead, the victim of a horrible accident, Dr. Anton Phibes (Vincent Price) still lives, surrounded by art-deco bric-a-brac and attended by mute beauty Vulnavia (Virginia North). Outwardly normal in appearance, Phibes actually wears a rubber mask, covering his hideously deformed countenance; giving away the artifice is the fact that, when he dines, he takes his food through his neck rather than his mouth. Able to speak only when plugging a wire into his damaged vocal chords, Phibes … More

Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Horror, Art House & International, Comedy, Cult Movies
Directed By:
Written By: James Whiton, William Goldstein
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 20, 2001
Orion Home Video



as Dr. Phibes

as Dr. Vesalius

as Vulnavia

as Dr. Longstreet

as Goldsmith

as Nurse Allan

as Dr. Hargreaves

as Dr. Kitaj

as Dr. Dunwoody

as Inspector Trout

as Dr. Whitcombe

as Sgt. Schenley

as Waverly

as Mrs. Frawley

as Lem Vesalius

as Sergeant

as 1st Policeman

as 2nd Policeman

as Mrs. Victoria Phibes

as Dr. Hedgepath

as 3rd Policeman

as Police Official

as 4th Policeman

as Police Official

as Darrow

as Graveyard Attendant

as Chauffeur
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Critic Reviews for The Abominable Dr. Phibes

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (3)

High-camp horror with its tongue firmly in its gruesomely deformed cheek, this British oddity features Vincent Price in one of his most memorable roles.

Full Review… | November 14, 2014
Times [UK]

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… | October 31, 2013
Creative Loafing

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… | October 22, 2013
The Dissolve

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… | April 8, 2012
Antagony & Ecstasy

"The perfect combination of horror and humor."

Full Review… | March 9, 2009

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

Full Review… | August 4, 2008

Audience Reviews for The Abominable Dr. Phibes

A wind-up orchestra nicknamed the "Clockwork Wizards", reenactments of biblical curses and a phonograph in order to talk are only the faintly peculiar oddities in this olive-black, droll hybrid of operatic horror and Grand Guignol comedy. Since his face has been corroded away, Price conveys all of his vengeful emotions and homicidal frivolity with his disembodied, alto voice and his expressively mischievous eyes. Phibes' lair is a masterstroke of geisha design with a rich lavender-and-pink color palette. For a film with such an outrageously shlocky premise, the death scenes are underwhelming and tame with the particularly gruesome details held off-screen like the aftermath of a locust attack. An acid-rigged contraption by Phibes is obviously an influence for the elaborate traps for the 'Saw' franchise. The film achieves the requisite spookiness when Phibes is cavorting in his hideout with his mannequin band. To be fair though, the objective is a fiendishly funny and classy hurrah for Price and as a showcase for the erstwhile cult-classic maven, it more than delivers.

Cory Taylor
Cory Taylor

Super Reviewer


The is from the MGM Midnite Movies Double Feature Collection. These movies are always worth getting and make a fine collection. Sheer terror doesn't get much more frightening than this. Scare-master Vincent Price plays a doctor who loses his voice in a car accident, but can still speak by way of an electronic device. He vows revenge on the nine doctors that were responsible for an unsuccessful surgery attempt on his wife, Victoria. He, along with his fiendish but sexy assistant Vulnavia (Virginia North), murder them one by one in such grotesque ways as draining one guy of all his blood, attacking a nurse with a swarm of locusts, and giving an attendee of a costume party a frog mask that becomes so tight around his neck that it snaps his head off. The sheer audacity of these grisly murders, along with Price's meticulous and methodical planning, make for a one-of a-kind scary experience. 4 stars 6-08-13

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer


The movie plays kind of like a campy version of Seven, except British. And John Doe is played by Vincent Price, whose playing the titular character somewhere between Dr. Evil and The Phantom of the Opera. Totally bonkers and totally worth a watch.

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

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