The Abominable Dr. Phibes
The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: May 18, 1971
DVD Release Date: February 20, 2001
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

A former art director, Fuest gives the film a preposterously lush, Ken Russell-ish look. Highly enjoyable.

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The humour is camp, the set decorations are art deco gothic and the editing is ropy, but Price's performance suggests that, underlying the madness, there is a real and damaged human being who deserves your support

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Fernando F. Croce

A sardonic wink, back at The Phantom of the Opera and ahead toward Phantom of the Paradise, with The Avengers as structure and plenty of Franju in the mix.

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Variety Staff

Anachronistic period horror musical camp fantasy is a fair description, loaded with comedic gore of the type that packs theatres and drives child psychologists up the walls.

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Christopher Hudson
The Spectator

No film can be all bad which opens in a vast Art Deco chamber... with Vincent Price, masked, cloaked and hooded, rising out of the floor at the keyboard of a Wurlitzer organ playing Cole Porter melodies.

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Wendy Ide
Times (UK)

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.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Often amusing, occasionally sickening, always impressive for the imaginative Art Deco sets, it's pretty flatly directed.

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TV Guide

A delightfully goofy horror film.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Cory Taylor
A wind-up orchestra nicknamed the "Clockwork Wizards", reenactments of biblical curses and a phonograph in order to talk are only the faintly peculiar… More
Tim Salmons
Wonderfully engaging pseudo-horror classic. I should note that I fell in love with this film at Adam Rifkin's insistence. A pre-cursor to the modern… More
Bruce Bruce
The is from the MGM Midnite Movies Double Feature Collection. These movies are always worth getting and make a fine collection. Sheer terror doesn't get… More
Aj V
Dr. Phibes gets his revenge in very interesting ways, this is an interesting horror movie starring the great Vincent Price, and if you like horror movies… More
Ken Stachnik
The movie plays kind of like a campy version of Seven, except British. And John Doe is played by Vincent Price, whose playing the titular character somewhere… More
Greg S
Supervillian Dr. Phibes (Vincent Price) takes revenge on the doctors who failed to save his wife's life by killing them in bizarre ways. Enormously… More