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Dr. Phibes Rises Again Reviews

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August 23, 2016
Though perhaps the downright shock of the original had been missing, there is nothing wrong in this fine sequel.

One of Vincent Price's best roles. Unmissable for Price enthusiasts.
Super Reviewer
June 2, 2016
Weak horror movie sequel number 65,128
October 26, 2015
Great Halloween party movie. Scary, but fun! See my review of Part One. Hard to find, but worth the effort!
½ October 5, 2015
Very slow to get going. It at first feels like a retread of the same stuff for a little while. The opening is really cheesy, with footage played backwards from the first movie and a Batman TV show-like voice over recounting all the events of the first movie and where we are now. The kills are less memorable, and there isn't really a clear motive other than "fuck you, that's my eternal life water." The last half hour gets much better with the Saw-like elaborate traps that made the first movie so interesting. The ending is very abrupt, especially since you watch the entire movie wondering about this river, only to never actually see it. Vincent Price singing somewhere over the rainbow was classic though.
July 7, 2015
Quite outlandish and ridiculous, but still a fun sequel.
November 24, 2014
This movie was dumb. Really dumb. Really confusing. The first movie was mediocre, this movie was horrible. Worst Vincent Price that I have ever seen. His acting is on point as usual, but the movie was confusing and terrible.
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Super Reviewer
½ February 16, 2014
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
November 19, 2013
Picking Up 3 Years After The First Film Left Off. This Sequel Reveals The Second Part Of The Abominable Dr. Phibes' Plan, By Taking His Wife To Egypt To Resurrect Her. Explorers Get In The Way, & He Has To Dispatch Of Them. Sadly His Method Of Killing Isn't As Planned Out And As Well Done As In The Previous Film. But This Price Driven Veichle Does Not Fail To Entertain.
Super Reviewer
½ October 5, 2013
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.
September 7, 2013
Vincent Price is back as the diabolical Dr. Phibes, this time trying to find an ancient Egyptian elixir to resurrect his beloved wife. Robert Fuest also returns as director and co-screenwriter, so the film definitely retains the same quirky and stylish tone. Peter Cushing also joins the cast. It's not quite as twisted as the first film, but it's still a lot of fun.
½ April 12, 2013
Just as good as the first one.
½ March 16, 2013
If music be the food of love...play on

Dr. Anton Phibes is a methodical killer and he has a plan to raise his wife from the dead. No amount of bloodshed will prevent him from executing his diabolical plan. As Dr. Phibes is collecting pieces to raise his wife from death there are several individuals tracking through the hills that threaten to ruin his plans.

"Suddenly human life means nothing to you."

Robert Fuest, director of The Abominable Dr. Phibes, The Devil's Rain, The Last Days of Man on Earth, Aphrodite, and Wuthering Heights (1970), delivers Dr. Phibes Rises Again. The storyline for this picture is just okay and the script is clever at times but fairly mediocre overall. The kill scenes are fun but the overall delivery of the film is disappointing. The acting is a bit over delivered at times and the cast didn't live up to their potential. The cast includes Vincent Price, Robert Quarry, Valli Kemp, Hugh Griffin, and Peter Cushing.

"A key. An actual key."

I am a huge Vincent Price fan and caught The Abominable Dr. Phibes this past Halloween on Turner Classic Movies (TCM). I decided to watch this sequel when I came across it on Netflix. Overall, this is a very disappointing picture. The action scenes were very similar to the original; however, the storyline was nowhere near as good as the original film (although, I should admit The Abominable Dr. Phibes wasn't that great either). I would only watch this film if you are a huge Vincent Price fan.

"When the acid reaches him he'll have a face like mine."

Grade: D
½ January 22, 2013
More Phibes fun with murder and revenge. Such a weird series.
January 6, 2013
Way too weird, but it was still entertaining. Didn't love it, but I liked it.
December 20, 2012
I'm pretty sure I saw all the Dr. Phibes movies when I was a wee lad, but would like to again.
December 19, 2012
A wicked and delightful sequel to the cult classic, "The Abominable Doctor Phibes." Although not quite as entertaining as the original, the film is an amusing satire on the horror genre in which the Good Doctor rises from the grave and eliminates everyone who stands in the way of his quest to bring life back to his beloved bride, using a number of gruesome methods to remove his opponents.
Two rotting thumbs up!
December 7, 2012
Looks interesting will try to find and watch!
December 2, 2012
Dr. Phibes returns , Horay !!!!
October 8, 2012
Not as good as the original but Vincent Price is excellent as always and his version of over the rainbow finishes things nicely.
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