The Abominable Dr. Phibes

Doctors are being murdered in a bizarre manner: bats, bees, killer frog masks, etc., which represent the nine Biblical plagues. The crimes are orchestrated by a demented organ player with the help of his mute assistant. The detective is stumped until he finds that all of the doctors being killed assisted a Dr. Vesalius on an unsuccessful operation involving the wife of Dr. Phibes, but he couldn’t be the culprit, could he? He was killed in a car crash upon learning of his wife’s death..


RJ Bayley
The Abominable Dr. Phibes uses its starring horror icon in a way that’s something of a doubled edged sword. This is one of many factors that means both despite and because of it, it’s a classic of the horror bizarre.
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Horror on Screen
But the true beauty of the film lies in the ingenuity behind the murders. They are elaborated and extravagant, and in many ways this film could be seen as the early ancestor of the Saw franchise, except with a much better villain.
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