I will never forget The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971!) and its Vincent Price performance. I love Vincent Price, period. And this movie is probably precursor to lots of horror cliches, along with the baroque theme of what variation of the-murdering-scheme-we’re-using-today, recently taken to unprecedented “depths” by the Saw series.
So today I was pretty amused and fascinated when an English professor showed everybody, during a session to build an online course, a video of Vincent Price’s declaiming Edgar Allan Poe’s poem The Raven. Beautiful, but that’s not what I am giving you. I’m resurrecting one of Price’s most unbelievable movies, precisely The Abominable Dr. Phibes. First, enjoy the classical opening (the famous organ playing), then you’ll find a Tribute to Vincent from Monster Madness review (2009).
From Wikipedia: A doctor, scientist, organist, and biblical scholar, Dr. Anton Phibes, seeks revenge on the nine doctors he considers responsible for his wife’s death.
His wife’s name: Vulnavia. Which resonates with other terrenal, womanly words. And, of course, with horror trash movies.