The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)

Genres - Horror  |   Sub-Genres - Costume Horror, Master Criminal Films  |   Release Date - Apr 1, 1971 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 94 min.  |   Countries - United Kingdom , United States   |   MPAA Rating - PG13
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Vincent Price gives a tour-de-force performance in his 100th film, a tongue-in-cheek horror about a hideously scarred genius whose wife (Caroline Munro) dies on the operating table. Phibes vows revenge, patterning his murders after the biblical Plagues of Egypt. Bees, bats, locusts, and frogs are utilized in imaginative ways, the art-deco set design is gorgeous, and the supporting cast includes notable turns by Joseph Cotten and Terry-Thomas. This is a very entertaining picture, and -- next to Theatre of Blood -- is one of Price's most enjoyable efforts of the '70s. Dr. Phibes Rises Again! followed the next year.