Sunday, October 14, 2012

Horror Movie Review: The Abominable Dr. Phibes

The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971) is a very, very strange horror film. Set in 1925, it tells of Dr. Phibes seeking revenge on doctors who he thinks killed his wife. He does this in a strange way, setting up elaborate death scenes based on the ten plagues of Egypt.

The first death was by bats. I think they're cute!

This guy had his blood drained out.

Death by locusts. For some reason she was coated in brussel sprout juice beforehand. She apparently took a sedative so that's why she didn't wake up (so random!)

The horrible burnt face of Dr. Phibes!

Inspector Trout is on the case from Scotland Yard. Dr. Phibes is apparently dead, so the Inspector has to follow the clues to figure out why these people are dying.

I found this film to be a bit confusing at times, there were scenes of randomness that didn't seem to fit anywhere. I'd like to have more explanation of Dr. Phibes and who the hell is assistant is. There was some black humour, and I actually really enjoyed it once the film picked up. I'd suggest watching this if you enjoy older films (Hammer Horror, etc)

Scare factor: 0/5 I wasn't frightened at all
Gore factor: 2/5 Stage blood, but you don't see anyone getting killed.
Boob factor: 0/5 None

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