this is one of my favorite performances of his and the film itself is gloriously nuts. phibes can only speak through a device which has a hose connected to a gramophone, he employs a clockwork band to provide music when he isn't shredding at the organ and, to avenge his wife's untimely death, his simple plan is to unleash the ten plagues of egypt upon those he deems responsible. yes, it is every bit as great as it sounds. lending a hand in this inspired lunacy are joseph cotten and hammer films beauty, caroline munro. really, see it. it has everything - extravagant art deco set design, tin pan alley automatons, bumbling police, sweet capes, a wicked sense of humor and retribution on a biblical scale. it is grand fun and completely unforgettable.
well, it's the last trailer tuesday of the halloween season and it just wouldn't be right to not have a little vincent price. ladies and gentlemen, i give you the abominable dr. phibes (1971).