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“Sleep on, my sweet Victoria, for regal claws of noble birds guard well your place of rest. For those poor fools that dare intrude, the penalty is death.” Even so, intrude they shall. Join your faithful Grue Crew – Doc Rotten, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr – as they take the resurrection train to see Dr. Phibes Rises Again (1972).
Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 125 – Dr. Phibes Rises Again (1972)
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The vengeful doctor rises again, seeking the Scrolls of Life in an attempt to resurrect his deceased wife.IMDb
- Director: Robert Fuest
- Writers: Robert Fuest, Robert Blees
- Selected Cast:
- Vincent Price as Dr. Anton Phibes
- Robert Quarry as Darius Biederbeck
- Valli Kemp as Vulnavia
- Peter Jeffrey as Inspecter Trout
- Fiona Lewis as Diana Trowbridge
- Hugh Griffith as Harry Ambrose
- Peter Cushing as Captain
- Beryl Reid as Miss Ambrose
- Terry-Thomas as Lombardo
- John Cater as Superintendent Waverley
- Gerald Sim as Hackett
- Lewis Fiander as Baker
- John Thaw as Shavers
- Keith Buckley as Stewart
- Milton Reid as Manservant
- John Comer as Ship’s Officer
- Caroline Munro as Victoria Regina Phibes
Dr, Phibes Rises Again is director Robert Fuest’s follow-up to The Abominable Dr. Phibes and some think it is an example of that rare sequel that is better than its predecessor. Bill saw Dr. Phibes Rises Again first and favors it over the first Phibes film, saying it was Saw before Saw came along. Chad dubs himself a big Phibes Fan and points out the personal tension evident between Vincent Price and Robert Quarry in the movie. The original Phibes movie is Jeff’s favorite but he loves the comic interplay between Superintendent Waverly and Inspector Trout in this one. Doc first saw both Phibes films as a double feature and he digs Dr. Phibes Rises Again best and thinks the kills are a little more fun. In the end, he likes them best as a pair.
Of course, the 70s Grue-Crew highly recommends Dr. Phibes Rises Again. At this writing, it is available to stream on Amazon Prime and on Blu-ray disc in The Vincent Price Collection II from Scream Factory.
Be sure to check out Decades of Horror 1970s Episode 39 The Abominable Dr. Phibes.
Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1970s is part of the Decades of Horror two-week rotation with The Classic Era and the 1980s. In two weeks, the next episode in their very flexible schedule will be Attack of the Killer Tomatoes (1978).
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