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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Steve's Church-less Movie Of The Week: Phibes Double Feature ...

Today we have a real treat, an amazing drive-in double feature featuring one of the coolest villains ever ...

Mad Tea Party: Dr Phibes

Enjoy ...

Yoinked from wikipedia, and the utterly strange ...

"The Abominable Dr. Phibes is a 1971 horror film starring Vincent Price. Its art deco sets, dark humor and performance by Price has made the film and its sequel Dr. Phibes Rises Again classics.

In this film, Vincent Price stars as the campy Dr. Phibes who is thought to be dead but is very much alive as well as pissed and now he's intent on destroying the people who may or may not have been responsible for his wife's death. The man is completely evil, but guess who you'll be cheering for during the whole film!

The first film is a clever, campy, thoroughly enjoyable horror thriller leavened with dark humor and droll British wit. Vincent Price is superb in a very difficult role here, one of the best and most unusual of his long career. The production design, too, is first-rate, especially in light of the film's modest budget. The art deco sets and almost haunting music are all amazing fabulous!

The murders, especially the ending, seem to be precursors to bolder films of the future like Seven and Saw. The film screams fun horror camp and at times the film almost seems to be losing its edge. Thankfully, the master Mr. Price is always there to save the film from the depths of crappiness.

Dr. Phibes Rises Again! (1972) was the second Dr. Phibes movie, a sequel to The Abominable Dr. Phibes. It was directed by Robert Fuest, and starred Vincent Price as Dr. Anton Phibes.

After three years of undisturbed rest, a conjunction causes the ghastly embalming process to be reversed. The blood removed from his system, that has been sitting at room temperature and must have settled out, flows back into his body. Amazingly Phibes sits back up and goes about himself as if waking from a long sleep. His primary goal now is the awakening of his dead wife, Victoria, and heads to Egypt to find a scroll that will awaken her from death.

Along the way he kills. A lot.

Vincent Price is not the only one back from the dead. Several actors, who were casualties in the first film, return in new parts. I mean, it's fine seeing Inspector Trout again, because he survived the last movie and is playing the same character. But I watched one of the actors die from having all the blood pumped out of his body in the last film! Am I just supposed to forget about that? And when did Ambrose give up being a Rabbi?

Several other possible sequels were planned, including Dr. Phibes in the Holy Land, The Brides of Phibes, The Son of Dr. Phibes, Phibes Resurrectus and The Seven Fates of Dr. Phibes, but none were made, which sucks.

The producers also tried to interest NBC in a Phibes TV series which would've recast the bloodthirsty doctor as a benevolent crimefighter who uses his makeup and technological wizardry to ensnare criminals. That would have been awesome."

Steve's Snacks Of The Week:




Fruit Snacks

Old Random Chips

Thrifty Ice Cream

Teriyaki Roasted Seaweed

Gross Ass Asthma Medicine

... AND NOW, Steve and this blog are both PROUD to once again present an awesome double feature - two full length movies entirety FOR FREE, including previews, intermission cartoons, and a whole bunch of awesome craziness because that's how awesome I am!

But lets go over a few rules first. There's no talking in Steve's Theater during our feature presentation and talkers WILL be left flummoxed. Also, no cell phones or African-American berries in the theater. Please dispose of all trash in its proper receptacle. And NO TEXTING!

And be sure to dim your headlights (where applicable).


NOTE: the embedded playlist cuts off near the middle of the second film. It continues on the direct playlist site on youtube.

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