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The Abominable Dr. Phibes Reviews

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October 19, 2016
The humour is camp, the set decorations are art deco gothic and the editing is ropy, but Price's performance suggests that, underlying the madness, there is a real and damaged human being who deserves your support
Top Critic
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
October 19, 2016
A former art director, Fuest gives the film a preposterously lush, Ken Russell-ish look. Highly enjoyable.
Christopher Hudson
The Spectator
October 19, 2016
No film can be all bad which opens in a vast Art Deco chamber... with Vincent Price, masked, cloaked and hooded, rising out of the floor at the keyboard of a Wurlitzer organ playing Cole Porter melodies.

TV Guide
October 19, 2016
A delightfully goofy horror film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Fernando F. Croce
October 19, 2016
A sardonic wink, back at The Phantom of the Opera and ahead toward Phantom of the Paradise, with The Avengers as structure and plenty of Franju in the mix.
Wendy Ide
Times (UK)
November 14, 2014
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 | Original Score: 4/5
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
Top Critic
Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
Anachronistic period horror musical camp fantasy is a fair description, loaded with comedic gore of the type that packs theatres and drives child psychologists up the walls.
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
Top Critic
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Often amusing, occasionally sickening, always impressive for the imaginative Art Deco sets, it's pretty flatly directed.
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
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