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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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Robert Fuest
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Vincent Price ... Dr. Anton Phibes
Robert Quarry ... Darrus Biederbeck
Valli Kemp ... Vulnavia
Hugh Griffith ... Harry Ambrose
John Thaw ... Shavers
Keith Buckley ... Stewart
Lewis Fiander ... Baker
Gerald Sim Gerald Sim ... Hackett
Milton Reid ... Manservant - Cheng
Peter Jeffrey ... Inspecter Trout
John Cater ... Superintendent Waverley
Peter Cushing ... Captain
Beryl Reid ... Miss Ambrose
Terry-Thomas ... Lombardo
Fiona Lewis ... Diana Trowbridge
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Storyline

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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They Haven't Built The COFFIN That Can Hold HIM! See more »

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Comedy | Horror

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Official Sites:

MGM Studios [United States]

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Rückkehr des Dr. Phibes See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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). See more »

Goofs

(at around 47 mins) Biederbeck says, "Understand that I will give the orders," but his lips do not move. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Phibes: I am protecting you, Victoria, from those who would discover us. I shall eliminate them all, one by one, my love. Yes, even Beiderbeck himself, if need be.
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Crazy Credits

This time, Phibes laughs just before the last chord of the music after the credits. See more »

Connections

References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Over the Rainbow
(uncredited)
Music by Harold Arlen
Performed by Vincent Price
(played over the end titles)
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Return of Vincent Price and elaborate theme deaths.
27 March 2006 | by JohannSee all my reviews

I bought this one as part of a back to back Dr. Phibes Midnight Feature DVD. I didn't like it quite as much as the original, but it was not completely without its charm. Vincent Price's performance was good (as per usual) and Robert Quarry did well as Biderbeck (Dr. Phibes' foe in this film). As anyone who has seen the original can guess, there's a lot of really elaborate deaths and more of Vincent Price talking through a machine plugged into his neck.

The film picks up with a brief recap of the original (Phibes out to kill the doctors who where operating on his wife when she died). Phibes then arises from the tomb in his basement where he and his wife's corpse were resting for about three years. Phibes has a plan this time to find a secret river of life in Egypt that comes to a pharaoh's tomb once every 2000 years so he can bring his wife back to life and have eternal life. However, Phibes' house has been demolished and a priceless scroll that had the secret of the tomb has been taken. Biderbeck (Quarry) somehow acquired the scroll and intends to find the river for himself and his girlfriend. Both travel to Egypt to find the river of life, and Phibes kills Biderbeck's lackeys along the way in his usual methods.

It's not that bad. It didn't live up to the original, but it still delivered big on the theme deaths. The deaths aren't quite as structured as in the last Phibes film, but they're still pretty fun.


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