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Dr. Phibes Rises Again (1972)

PG | | Comedy, Horror | July 1972 (USA)
2:06 | Trailer
The vengeful doctor rises again, seeking the Scrolls of Life in an attempt to resurrect his deceased wife.


Robert Fuest
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »





Complete credited cast:
Vincent Price ... Dr. Anton Phibes
Robert Quarry ... Darrus Biederbeck
Valli Kemp ... Vulnavia
Hugh Griffith ... Harry Ambrose
John Thaw ... Shavers
Keith Buckley ... Stewart
Lewis Fiander ... Baker
Gerald Sim ... Hackett
Milton Reid ... Manservant - Cheng
Peter Jeffrey ... Detective Inspecter Trout
John Cater ... Superintendent Waverley
Peter Cushing ... Captain
Beryl Reid ... Miss Ambrose
Terry-Thomas ... Lombardo
Fiona Lewis ... Diana Trowbridge


The moon rises at a predestined angle and awakens the sleeping Dr. Phibes three years later. To his dismay, he finds his house has been demolished and his papyrus scrolls stolen, the scrolls he needs to find the Pharoah's Tomb in Egypt, where the River of Life flows. After identifying the source of the papyrus theft, he packs and leaves for Egypt with his assistant Vulnavia, still intent upon awakening his dead wife Victoria. The parties responsible for the theft of Phibes' scrolls suffer an attrition problem as Inspector Trout chases him across the world. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Flesh crawls! Blood curdles! Phibes lives! See more »


Comedy | Horror


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Did You Know?


In the original script, Beiderbeck's first name was Jonathan. Diana Trowbridge (Fiona Lewis) reveals his first name to be Darrus. See more »


(at around 47 mins) Biederbeck says, "Understand that I will give the orders," but his lips do not move. See more »


Biederbeck: I gave specific orders that no expeditions were to occur without my leadership.
Baker: Is this your mountain, sir?
Biederbeck: I regard it as such.
Baker: Are we to take that literally, sir?
Biederbeck: You can take it any way you see fit.
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Crazy Credits

Once more the cast credits are split into several sections: the protagonists, the girl, the law, the victims and interested parties. See more »

Alternate Versions

The French language version features different music during the opening recap sequence. See more »


Referenced in Svengoolie: Munster, Go Home! (2012) See more »


Over the Rainbow
Music by Harold Arlen
Performed by Vincent Price
(played over the end titles)
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User Reviews

He rises again, all right…but with a lot less imagination this time.
2 February 2004 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

Often disappointing, uninspired and overall dull sequel to The Abominable Dr. Phibes. The original easily is one of the most pleasant and creative horror movies ever made while this sequel answers to the prototype idea of an unnecessary extra adventure. Every aspect that makes the original film enjoys the classic status it lives now has disappeared. The scenes where Phibes gets rid of his enemies are just a lame shadow of the exiting and creative killings in the first one. Even the endless monologues he holds for his deceased wife start to become boring and annoying. The story starts with Phibes awaking from his temporary grave after 3 years. He resurrects Vulnavia again and prepares a journey towards Egypt. Somewhere in a forsaken mountain there lies the secret for eternal life. There, he will give life to his wife again and they'll be together at least. Yet, there's another scientist who's in desperate need for the secret to immortality. He and his crew provide Dr. Phibes with the joy of killing again. One could bring forward many reasons why this sequel is more or less a failure. Perhaps it came way to soon after the original, allowing too less time to write a decent screenplay. Or maybe director Fuest had a lucky shot when he made The Abominable Dr. Phibes, because in this sequel, his lack of talent and professionalism shows well. Yet, Dr. Phibes rises again isn't ALL bad and still has several elements to satisfy horror lovers. Vincent Price for starters… naturally. He shines again in the title role and completely pulls all attention towards him. There also is one terrifying killing scene that totally lives up to the original (death by scorpion!) and the spoof/tribute towards The Wizard of Oz near the end is excellent! In fact, this film still is highly recommended when compared to the dull and irritating nowadays horror movies

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July 1972 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Almería, Andalucía, Spain See more »

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