The Abominable Dr. Phibes | Chicago Reader

The Abominable Dr. Phibes

An engaging 1971 parody of Victorian horror films by Robert Fuest, the director responsible for the earnestly absurd TV series The Avengers. Vincent Price enjoys himself immensely as a mad doctor who avenges the death of his wife by visiting variations on the curse of the pharaohs on those he believes responsible—including Joseph Cotten, Hugh Griffith, and Terry-Thomas. A former art director, Fuest gives the film a preposterously lush, Ken Russell-ish look. Highly enjoyable. 94 min.

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