Two detectives are stumped when surgeons keep getting murdered in odd ways. But they soon learn they are following ancient Hebrew prophecies and that a thought-dead, but only disfigured and voice-boxed, Dr. Phibes (Vincent Price, looking ghastly) is responsible and taking vengeance for his wife who died on the operating table.
After a fairly long stretch without dialogue (and a very sketchy beginning) this soon shows-off its literate scripting and black comedy tones; but just seems to be ho-hum for the most part with a few scattered moments of inspiration.
Worth seeing by Price fans and with a decent little finale, this is still an overrated (if not overly bad) film.
Followed by Dr. Phibes Rises Again.
Directed By: Robert Fuest.
Written By: William Goldstein, James Whiton.
Starring: Vincent Price, Joseph Cotten, Hugh Griffith, Terry-Thomas.