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Dr. Phibes Rises Again (1972) Poster

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There was a lot of hostility between Vincent Price and Robert Quarry, particularly when Price discovered that AIP was planning to replace him with Quarry as their major horror film star. At one point, when Price discovered Quarry singing opera, Quarry said; 'I'll bet you didn't know I could sing did you?', to which Price replied; 'well, I knew you weren't a f---ing actor'.
The second part of a planned trilogy. The third film would have featured Phibes fighting a group of Nazis, or searching for the key to Olympus. Amongst the titles mentioned for the film include; "Phibes Resurrectus," "The Seven Fates of Dr. Phibes" or "The Brides of Dr. Phibes". Proposed stories included Phibes being the subject of an elaborate revenge plot by Dr. Vesalius' son from the first film, and Victoria being resurrected from the dead, but becoming a deranged homicidal maniac, far worse that her husband. Reportedly, a large number of sequel scripts written, all exploring different ideas. There was also a plan to bring Dr. Phibes to the small screen, with a TV series, in which a reformed Phibes fought crime. In the 80s, an updated Phibes film was proposed as well. Unfortunately, Price's departure from AIP, and AIP's subsequent change of focus to films which would be of the exploitation/grindhouse fare, meant the third film (nor any further ones beyond it) were made.
Valli Kemp was cast as Vulnavia because Virginia North was pregnant.
At one stage, American International Pictures planned to revive Count Yorga, from Count Yorga, Vampire (1970), as an adversary for Dr. Phibes. The plan was dropped, but Robert Quarry, who plays Count Yorga, appears in this film.
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Peter Cushing was originally cast in the Joseph Cotten role in the original film, but withdrew due to his wife's ailing health. He was able to supply a cameo in this film, a day's work (the film was shot in December 1971).
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Many characters were named after famous jazz band leaders.
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Phibes originally had less dialogue. New lines were added after a lot of scripted sequences were cut out for budget reasons.
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Vulnavia was originally going to be a new character, but the studios insisted on keeping her name. That explains why the character returns despite being killed in The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971).
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The desert sequences were filmed in Spain.
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It was originally intended to follow this film with a third in the series, tentatively titled "The Bride of Phibes". This was abandoned in the summer of 1972 due to personal arguments within AIP.
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The Bach Singers, a volunteer group, worked for free, agreeing only to a donation to charitable purposes.
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Scenes involving Beryl Reid and Terry-Thomas were cut from the original print due to arguments between the producers. Vincent Price had to be recalled to record additional dialogue to cover the gaps this created in the plot. This is the reason why Phibes says so many lines while not wired up to his speaker.
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Shavers was originally meant to be impaled by a golden eagle.
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Terry-Thomas filmed his major cameo in a day.
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The Pyramid which features in the climax was intended to consist of levels filled with traps and have boiling oil filling into it. It was changed for budget reasons.
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Frankie Howerd was asked to be in this project.
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Valli Kemp receives an "introducing" credit.
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To publicize the movie, AIP had Vincent Price appear on the televised The Dating Game (1965) to choose a date for Miss X (Janit Baldwin).
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The Scottish Fusiliers were originally meant to have an on-screen role.
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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.
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If the film feels like things are missing it may be because of two reasons. The script was written by two people who did not collaborate but wrote separate drafts that were then sort of stuck together. Even more reason for a jumpy quality to the film is that ten minutes were cut out of the film by American International.
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In addition to Vincent Price, five other cast members from the prior film encore, three in the same roles (Peter Jeffrey, John Cater, Caroline Munro) and two in different roles (Hugh Griffith, Terry-Thomas). Four of the six clockwork musicians are also back, but as no actors are credited in either film, it's impossible to know if any of them were returnees.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Baker reads "The Turn of the Screw" just before he is crushed in a giant press-screw.
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Body count 7.
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