The title says it all--the abominable Dr. Phibes is back and as ruthless as ever. No longer content with merely avenging his wife's death, Phibes is now bent on her resurrection. Phibes and his mute assistant, Vulnavia, s... more »et off for Egypt, meting out bizarrely elaborate deaths--everything from clockwork snakes to a particularly severe exfoliation treatment--to all who stand in their way. This time Phibes has two competitors to race against, the trusty Inspector Trout and the renowned archaeologist Biederbeck, who has his own reasons for chasing Phibes. Like its predecessor, Dr. Phibes Rises Again adds dark wit and imaginative art direction to the mix. Vincent Price is once again in high form, playing his organ with swooping arms and adding dry comic touches with a delicately cocked eyebrow. A worthy successor to the classic original. --Ali Davis« less
Fiendish Phibes is unleashed on the world again !!
P. Ferrigno | Melbourne, Victoria Australia | 12/05/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Vincent Price easily deserved the title of king of the B-grade horror flicks. He obviously relished playing larger than life villains and the merciless Dr. Phibes is one of his best roles !After fleeing from the law to his secret crypt at the end of "The Abominable Dr. Phibes", Phibes (Price) returns to again seek out a way to return his deceased wife to the living and deal with interfering interlopers along the way too ! His quest takes him to Egypt in search of the river of life that can provide the answer to his dreams.....The second Phibes film is even more polished than the first, with Robert Quarry providing a fine adversary to Phibes as the cunning archaelogist Beiderbeck, himself living on borrowed time. Additionally, there is a wonderful support cast with such luminaries as Peter Cushing, Terry Thomas & Hugh Griffiths adding more finesse to this production.And keeping in line with the Biblical plagues & gory comeuppances aspect of the first Phibes production, those persons stupid enough to challenge the evil doctor soon meet their doom by a variety of grisly and ingenious means !! A campy, thrilling and entertaining film that has not diminshed in enjoyment on each subsequent viewing....and the transfer to DVD has kept the colors and art deco mood of the film very well. A definite recommendation to any cult film fans collection...both Phibes adventures are grand entertainment !"
Badder and better
Mark McKinney | Maryland | 07/01/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Unlike Vincent Price's the Fly and Dr. Goldfoot, this time the second one is better. The deformed and demented doctor is back to try and revive his beloved wife (Caroline Munro in an uncredited, non-speaking role). Instead of the revenge plot from the first film, this one has Phibes in a race with Biederbeck (Robert Quarry) to see who can find way to the river of life. This dark comedy is just a little better than the first due to a more interesting plot and a stronger supporting cast, although Peter Cushing only has a couple of lines and is still billed third. Price seems to really enjoy himself in the Phibes role and Robert Quarry is a very worthy advisary. In the late 60's -early 70's, Vincent Price did some really weak films like Scream and Scream again, the Oblong box and Cry of the Banshee that gave him top billing but gave him very little to do. So, it was great that he got to revive his horror career by doing some fine films like the the two Dr. Phibes films and Theater of Blood."
More Frightful Fun With Phibes
cookieman108 | 03/01/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"A very worthy sequel to the brilliant "Abomidable Dr. Phibes." The plot is very similar to the original. Dr. Phibes takes his obsession over his dead wife to new heights, carrying her off to Egypt, where he seeks eternal life for her. However, a wealthy playboy, Biederbeck (Robert Quarry), is also seeking the prize of Egypt's tomb. Phibes takes his clever and elaborate murdering habits to new sadistic levels, playing with Biederbeck and his men with the most diabolical of manners. A few changes from the original. "The Dr. Phibes Clockwork Wizards" went through a name change, called the "Alexandrian Quartet." They even participate in one of the sillier killings. Vulnavia, Phibes's mysterious accomplice, is unfortunately not played by Virginia North, who played the role so well in the original. The police detectives, an integral role in the original, are resigned to a position of comic relief (which is actually appreciated). Watch out for a guest cameo by Peter Cushing. Sadly, it isn't a very large one. It seems like Price and the Cushing/Lee team had an unfortunate habit of not starring in each other's films, but instead playing a game of spot-the-cameo. The chemistry between the masters horror would have been explosive, I'm sure."
"Oh, it's Phibes alright sir, and he always comes back."
cookieman108 | Inside the jar... | 07/06/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Based on the popularity of the original film titled The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971), American International had little choice but to churn out this sequel called Dr. Phibes Rises Again (1972), which was quite a feat given how the first film ended, specifically with regards to the main character...co-written and directed by Robert Fuest (The Abominable Dr. Phibes, The Final Programme, The Devil's Rain), the film stars Vincent Price (The Haunted Palace, The Tomb of Ligeia) reprising his earlier role as the title character, and Robert Quarry, probably best known for his earlier features Count Yorga, Vampire (1970) and The Return of Count Yorga (1971), both of which are available on DVD. Also appearing is Peter Jeffrey (The Abominable Dr. Phibes, The Return of the Pink Panther), Fiona Lewis (Tintorera, Innerspace), John Cater (The Abominable Dr. Phibes), Hugh Griffith (The Final Programme), Valli Kemp (The Great Muppet Caper), Milton Reid (The Spy Who Loved Me), Terry-Thomas (The Vault of Horror), and Peter Cushing (The Revenge of Frankenstein, The Hound of the Baskervilles).
The film begins by relating some highlights from the first film (amazing how they can sum up a movie in the space of three minutes) to which we learn it's now three years later, and as the planets align themselves, Phibes (Price), who has since been in a state of suspended animation, rises like the phoenix from the ashes as he has a new quest, one that involves resurrecting his long dead wife Victoria along with ensuring eternal life for both him and his beloved...good luck with all that...also returning is Phibes faithful and fashionable mute assistant Vulnavia (Kemp), which is a pretty neat trick given that whole acid incident from the last film. Turns out Phibes has a line on an underground river in Egypt, one supposedly used by the pharaohs back in the day that has some kind of special spiritual properties, and has been making plans to one day take his deceased wife to a special underground mountain lair he's constructed so that he may achieve his ultimate goal of returning her to life, or something along those lines...only problem is there's another, named Darius Biederbeck (Quarry), who's interested in the restorative properties of the waters for himself and his girlfriend Diana (Lewis), and has since mounted an archeological expedition at the very mountain wherein Phibes has set up his elaborate operation. As Biederbeck and his crew crash the party, the flamboyant and theatrical Phibes sets out to eliminate all those he sees as a threat through a series of diabolical and highly lethal traps, each more insidious than the last...
Dr. Phibes Rises Again, in my opinion, does exactly what a sequel should do in remaining faithful to the original while upping the ante suitably. One of the aspects I really liked about the film was here Phibes didn't constrict himself in terms of the methods in which he brought about the deaths of those he saw interfering with his machinations. In the first film the means of death were tied to the ten curses wrought upon the pharaohs as spelled out in the Old Testament, which was fine for the first, but no sense in revisiting that which we've already seen...subsequently, the sky is the limit here (most do involve a desert theme, but that's not surprising given the locale in which they occur). I won't go into specific details about the methods Phibes employs, but I will say they're just as maniacal and convoluted as in the first. There's The Scorpion's Embrace, The Eagle's Caress, and my favorite The Sausage Machine, just to name a few. The actual body count may not be as high as in the first, but the methods utilized are just as imaginative and entertaining to watch if you're into that sort of thing. Price, looking a lot like pallid Pagliacci through much of the movie given his garish garb, really comes into his own here, presenting an even more flamboyant (if possible) character than before, taking it to the theatrical hilt. While this is Price's film, Robert Quarry gives a most excellent and entertaining turn as Biederbeck, Phibes' cold and calculating would be nemesis. The story does take an interesting turn from the first as in the original Phibes motives were strictly that of revenge, but here the character does not seek out to kill out of retribution, but more so only to do away with those who would interfere with his carefully laid plans (vengeance does come into play once his deceased wife is unwittingly stolen). It's sort of like two super villains battling each other, except here Biederbeck is way out of his league as Phibes will not be denied of his prize (Biederbeck does supply a healthy reservoir of potential victims). Peter Jeffrey and John Cater return from the first film as the hapless Scotland Yard detectives Trout and Waverly (Waverly is Trout's supervisor) on the trail of a fiend they thought long since gone, providing some comical moments, especially when coming across some of Phibes' handiwork. Seemed to me once they were in Egypt they were out of their jurisdiction, but given Phibes previous crimes they may have gotten some leeway given their past experience with the mastermind criminal. The oddest aspect to me as far as the casting was Peter Cushing in a bit part as a ship's captain, as he was only had a minute or two of screen time...strange seeing such a recognizable performer in such an inconsequential role, but, as they say, there are no small roles, only small actors. The story itself does possess some loose threads (the movie was rushed to capitalize on the popularity of the first), but you're better off going with the flow and enjoying the ride rather than getting hung up on some of these minor elements. I thought the production values were solid (something not always present in American International features), especially in regards to Phibes underground mountain dwelling. I was curious how Phibes kept his wife's corpse, played by Caroline Munro, so well preserved. Given how long she'd been deceased I would have thought some signs of rot would have settled in by now but I guess if she was kept in hermetically sealed containers, she could retain her appearance indefinitely. All in all if you enjoyed the first film, then you'll most likely dig on this gruesome follow up.
The picture quality, presented in widescreen (1.85:1), enhanced for 16 X 9 TVs, looks very clean and clear, and the Dolby Digital mono audio, available in English, Spanish, and French, comes through very well. The only extra included is an original theatrical trailer.
A note for those interesting in picking up this film up on DVD...both The Abominable Dr. Phibes and Dr. Phibes Rises Again were originally released onto DVD individually, but then later re-released paired together as a DVD double feature, so if you're interested in owning both, try to locate the dual release, as it might be a better value (depending on availability, or course). "
Long Time Love for Dr Phibes
email@example.com | Honolulu, HI USA | 05/31/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I first saw the Dr Phibes two picture series years ago and taped the "Dr Phibes rises again" sequel as the best of the two. I recently bought the DVD from Amazon and was amazed at the improved resolution and clarity over my treasured tape version. So if you have a tape version of either movie, get the DVD as it is a great improvement. As for the movie, what can I say. Vincent Price is a master of satire and plays it to the fullest in this movie. In spite of the horror you will laugh your head off at the way he lampoons the more serious horror movies. It's all preposterous but a great show, will keep teenagers glued to the screen for hours as well as me and I'm in my 80's."