Dr. Phibes Rises Again Reviews
One of Vincent Price's best roles. Unmissable for Price enthusiasts.
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
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."
Two rotting thumbs up!