Doctor, scientist, organist, and biblical scholar Anton Phibes was horribly disfigured in a car accident. His wife died as a result of injuries suffered in the same accident, and in a crazed but ingenious scheme the doctor seeks revenge on the nine doctors he considers responsible for her death. To conceal his disfigurement, the doctor, played by Vincent Price, spends most of the movie behind a mask, which is really Price’s own face with makeup applied to give it an artificial look. His performance is remarkable because despite the role’s requiring him to never move a muscle in his face, he portrayed a memorable supervillain that was so popular with horror fans that a sequel – which many critics and fans consider superior to this feature – was instantly ordered.
■ Title — The Abominable Dr. Phibes
■ A.K.A. — Dr. Phibes
■ Director — Robert Fuest
■ Cast — Vincent Price, Joseph Cotten, Virginia North
■ Rating — PG-13
■ Distributor — MGM Home Entertainment
■ ©1971 | 1h 34m | Fantasy, Horror