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Dr. Phibes Rises Again (1972)

PG | | Comedy, Horror | July 1972 (USA)
The vengeful doctor rises again, seeking the Scrolls of Life in an attempt to resurrect his deceased wife.

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The moon rises at a predestined angle and awakens the sleeping Dr. Phibes three years later. To his dismay, he finds his house has been demolished and his papyrus scrolls stolen, the scrolls he needs to find the Pharoah's Tomb in Egypt, where the River of Life flows. After identifying the source of the papyrus theft, he packs and leaves for Egypt with his assistant Vulnavia, still intent upon awakening his dead wife Victoria. The parties responsible for the theft of Phibes' scrolls suffer an attrition problem as Inspector Trout chases him across the world. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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In the original script, Beiderbeck's first name was Jonathan. Diana Trowbridge (Fiona Lewis) reveals his first name to be Darrus. See more »

Goofs

Dr. Phibes speaks without being hooked up to his vocal apparatus in several scenes, suggesting that dialogue was added later. It's especially noticeable when he addresses his late wife while moving her coffin into the tomb in Egypt. See more »

Quotes

Biederbeck: So that's it. The key.
Dr. Anton Phibes: My key.
Biederbeck: No. For years I've searched. The temple of Abiskis, the river of life. It's mine, Phibes.
Dr. Anton Phibes: Then your beloved will die. For only the key will save her now.
Biederbeck: You lie. The key controls the gates, nothing more.
Dr. Anton Phibes: The key controls the gates and much more: the life of your Diana. And you have only three minutes to use it. Now, save your Diana.
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Once more the cast credits are split into several sections: the protagonists, the girl, the law, the victims and interested parties. See more »

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Edited from The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971) See more »

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Moonlight Sonata
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Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
Arranged by John Gale
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more goofy, campy fun!
6 July 2005 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This movie is so similar to the original that I sometimes have trouble remembering which crazy diabolical way of murdering his enemies occurred in which movie. Dr. Phibes returns (even though we DISTINCTLY saw him kill himself in the last movie!) and this time he is a little less focused on revenge and devotes most of his energy to resurrecting his long dead wife. However, have no fear, this does NOT mean he won't be killing many people in the process of restoring her! Yep, once again he comes up with many wacky and twisted ways to kill. So, in essence, if you loved the first movie you'll be happy but if you hated it, it doesn't get any better! I liked both and admit they are a guilty pleasure---they are SO cheesy and silly but I really liked the movies a lot!

UPDATE: I just saw this movie again tonight just after seeing the first Phibes film. I sure had a different reaction this time. While Phibes' murders were once again quite interesting, the film had two major ways that made it very inferior to the original. In the first film, whether right or wrong, Phibes felt he had a legitimate reason to kill. Here in "Dr. Phibes Rises Again" he clearly kills completely innocent people and is much more of a jerk. Also, the plot is not nearly as coherent as the first film and seems like it could have used some re-writing. Still worth seeing but clearly not up to the standards of the first.


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