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The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Horror | 18 May 1971 (USA)
A doctor, scientist, organist, and biblical scholar, Anton Phibes, seeks revenge on the nine doctors he considers responsible for his wife's death.

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Doctors are being murdered in a bizarre manner: bats, bees, killer frog masks, etc., which represent the nine Biblical plagues. The crimes are orchestrated by the organ-playing, demented Dr .Phibes - from his base; replete with a clockwork orchestra with the help of his mute assistant. The detective is stumped until he finds that all of the doctors being killed assisted a Dr. Vesalius on an unsuccessful operation involving the wife of Dr. Phibes, but he couldn't be the culprit, could he? He was killed in a car crash upon learning of his wife's death... Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Rated PG-13 for some horror violence/gore | See all certifications »

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£300,000 (estimated)

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$3,000,000, 31 December 1971
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The organ music at the beginning is "War March of the Priests" by Felix Mendelsohn. See more »

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We learn that the doctor's face is disfigured so badly that he cannot open his mouth anymore and instead he has a gullet opening at his neck. However, he could not eat any solid food (since he could not chew it), but he does so in the movie. See more »

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[first lines]
Butler - Ross: Good morning Sir.
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Crazy Credits

Phibes is heard laughing after the song and the credits end. See more »

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(What Can I Say) After I Say I'm Sorry?
Written by Walter Donaldson and Abe Lyman
Courtesy of The Big Three Music Co.
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Campy cult classic with perfect performance...
11 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

1st watched 12/11/2004 - 7 out of 10(DIr-Robert Fuest): Campy cult classic with perfect performance and role by Vincent Price who does most of the job through his facial expressions and presence. The story revolves around a dead-like "Dr. Phibes" playing his organ, directing music, dancing and ceremoniously killing off the surgeons who failed to fix his wife after a car accident. He uses the Pharoah's curses as the basis for each killing and he inventively makes each one unique and grins and even applauds himself after one demise. Some subtle British humor is also thrown in for extra but all that's needed with this one is Price and this role to make it classic horror-camp.


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