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1971 - 94m.

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.