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The Abominable Dr. Phibes back to product details

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written by talltale December 1, 2006 - 8:55 PM PST
5 out of 5 members found this review helpful
I am so pleased to have read Jonathan Marlow's assessment of THE ABOMINABLE DR. PHIBES on Greencine's GURU review site. When I saw this film as a young man, I was disappointed--hoping for more thrills, chills and blood, I suppose. Seeing it again 35 years later, I think Marlow's right: It IS some kind of masterpiece. As quiet and graceful a chiller as you could want, with set design, photography and costumes to die for, each of its murder set pieces tops the next. I should think that, when they saw the first screening, the film's producers must have been agog and a bit bemused (if not scared shitless about recouping their investment). No worries: Critics of the day approved of the film, and audiences turned out for it--not in droves but in numbers enough to insure a sequel that I recall preferring over the original. Now, I shall have to return to that sequel, as well, to learn if the mature me finds it perhaps less impressive today. In any case, the original Dr. Phibes is very much one-of-a-kind, and one that any true horror connoisseur cannot miss. (The DVD transfer is excellent, too.)

Only perhaps Cheney is more diabolical...
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written by MSmear August 23, 2004 - 3:48 PM PDT
1 out of 4 members found this review helpful

...I don't _think_ Dick has ever dispensed with a rival in as devious and theatrical a manner as Phibes does here. All I can say is I hope he (Cheney) doesn't read recommendations on this site (YIKES!)

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