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The Abominable Dr. Phibes

Released 1971
Distributor AIP

About The Abominable Dr. Phibes

Director Robert Fuest’s grisly black comedy is a sumptuously produced bit of pulp hokum as well as a gruesomely satiric salute to the career of its star, Vincent Price. Our genial anti-hero plays Anton Phibes, a crazed physician seeking revenge on the doctors who (he believes) allowed his wife to die in the aftermath of a car accident. This 1974 film is a riff on 1949’s like-minded Kind Hearts and Coronets in which a number of eccentric characters are gleefully extinguished in the most garish manner possible. The picturesque supporting cast of victims includes Joseph Cotten, Terry-Thomas and Hugh Griffith.

About Alan Spencer

Alan Spencer is best known for creating the classic satirical eighties sitcom Sledge Hammer! and the recent controversial "ultra violent" comedy Bullet in the Face for IFC. For years he's been regarded as one of Hollywood's top script doctors and has never lost a patient.