“Dr. Phibes Rises Again” the sequel to the popular and imaginative “The Abominable Dr. Phibes” is a surprising disappointment; more so in that it was created by many of the same talents as the original film; most importantly director Robert Fuest and star Vincent Price. In this film, Phibes (Price), the murderous musicologist who had spent the previous picture dispatching the medical team he felt responsible for the death of his wife, has risen from from his self-induced suspended animation and is off to Egypt in search of a resurrecting solution for his beloved. Of course, in true Phibes fashion this will involve a great deal of intricately wrought mayhem and murder.
There are several things wrong with the picture. The script is unfocused and important characters underdeveloped to the point where we are not certain as to why they merit status as important roadblocks to Phibes’ plans, and thus targets of exotic assassination.
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