The Abominable Dr. Phibes
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Long thought dead, the victim of a horrible accident, Dr. Anton Phibes (Vincent Price) still lives, surrounded by art-deco bric-a-brac and attended by mute beauty Vulnavia (Virginia North). Outwardly normal in appearance, Phibes actually wears a rubber mask, covering his hideously deformed countenance; giving away the artifice is the fact that, when he dines, he takes his food through his neck rather than his mouth. Able to speak only when plugging a wire into his damaged vocal chords, Phibes elucidates his plan to murder the medical team whom he holds responsible for the death of his wife.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"High-camp horror with its tongue firmly in its gruesomely deformed cheek, this British oddity features Vincent Price in one of his most memorable roles."
‑ Wendy Ide, Times [UK]
"Arguably the single greatest AIP release made without Roger Corman on hand as either producer or director... One of Price's signature roles."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"If Se7en and Hannibal are grand opera, The Abominable Dr. Phibes is Gilbert & Sullivan."
‑ Mark Bourne,
"Vincent Price was an actor who never gave anything than his best possible performance at any given time."
‑ Matt Bailey, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"Typical Price bread-n-butter horror flick, spawned sequel."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"There's camp to spare -- check out the doc's house band -- but there's also plenty of innovation on display, to say nothing of ample amounts of effective humor."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
""The perfect combination of horror and humor.""
‑ Steve Biodrowski, Cinefantastique
"The insane storyline is just what you would expect from a deliriously appealing Vincent Price horror flick."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Funny and goofy period horror flick, featuring a strong turn from Vincent Price"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Deliciously dark and hammy horror flick."
‑ Gerry Shamray, Your Movies (
"Fuest plays up the 1930s-by-way-of-the-1970s set design, but any atmosphere gets lost in scene after scene that's lighted like a TV show."
‑ Keith Phipps, The Dissolve
"Director Fuest brings an enormous sense of art-deco style and grand guingol humor to the affair ..."
‑ Lucius Gore, ESplatter
"Googalee moogalee Vincent Price."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Cool! Vincent Price goes on a killing spree using the Nine Plagues of Egypt as crib notes."
‑ Staci Layne Wilson,
"Grisly and amusing, but not quite amusing enough."
‑ Jake Euker, F5 (Wichita, KS)
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