Dr. Phibes Rises Again

1972

Robert Fuest
Director
American International Pictures
Studio

An astrological alignment wakes Phibes from his slumber and he is off in search of immortality for his lost love.

While no where near as much fun as the first Phibes film, this low-budget sequel boasts at least one spectacular method of dispatch (for the amorous Stewart) and some other fun. Terry-Thomas appears as a new character as he perished in the first installment, and Peter Cushing scores a brief cameo.

-The Sloth

Cheap and tatty sequel lacks the qualities that made the first one special (Basil Kirchin’s music and Bernard Reeves’ art direction), but also dispenses with little things like a decent script as well. This time Phibes has to go to Egypt to retrieve some ancient plot device and face off against Robert Quarry’s wealthy nutter who is seeking the same thing. The whole film makes little sense, especially when viewed against the original’s mythology. At least Price has more to do this outing; unfortunately that means a lot of expository dialogue that sounds like rehearsal for his Thriller narration. Jeffrey and Lewis offer what little positives the film has to offer.

-Dave W.



1st July 1972
Cinema



89 mins
1.85:1

Dr. Phibes Rises Again
20th February 2001
DVD



89 mins
1.85:1



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Vincent Price
Dr. Anton Phibes
Robert Quarry
Darius Biederbeck
Peter Jeffrey
Detective Inspector Trout
Fiona Lewis
Diana
Hugh Griffith
Harry Ambrose
John Cater
Superintendent Waverley
Gerald Sim
Hackett
Lewis Fiander
Baker
John Thaw
Shavers
Peter Cushing
Captain of Empress of Quebec
Beryl Reid
Miss Ambrose
Terry-Thomas
Lombardo
Valli Kemp
Vulnavia
Keith Buckley
Stewart
Milton Reid
Cheng, Biederbeck's Manservant
John Comer
Empress of Quebec Purser
(uncredited)
Caroline Munro
Victoria Regina Phibes
(uncredited)
Gary Owens
Voice: Opening Narrator
(uncredited)

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