1971 BBFC Cert. “X”

The Abominable Dr Phibes

Doctors are being murdered in bizarre manners – bats, bees, a killer frog mask, etc. – which represent the nine Biblical plagues of Egypt. The crimes are orchestrated by an organ-playing, demented madman (from his home base, replete with a clockwork orchestra and help from a beautiful, mute assistant). Detectives are stumped until they find that all the slain doctors once assisted a Dr. Vesalius on an unsuccessful operation involving the wife of organist Dr. Phibes, killed in a car crash upon learning of his wife’s death. He couldn’t be the culprit, could he?

3- TADP 1
Production Details

An Amicus Production
Elstree Studios, Borehamwood, England
94 Mins

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Hammer Connections
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The Abominable Dr Phibes 1971

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Footnotes

Peter Cushing was originally cast as Vesalius, but he declined because his wife was in poor health at the time.

A young Joanna Lumley appeared as a laboratory assistant, but her scenes were cut.

Phibes wife (shown in photos and in their double coffin at the end) was played by Caroline Munro. She wasn’t credited as she was under contract to Hammer Films at the time.

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