I love horror culture and horror movies and one of my favourite actors and eternal inspiration is the late, great Vincent Price. I saw almost every movie he starred in and I am gladly returning to many of his works. This time I watched the classic sequel to Abominable Dr Phibes about mad and scarred doctor Anton Phibes(Vincent Price) who was left scarred monster after the horrrible accident in which his beloved wife Victoria perished. In the first movie, Phibes tried to exact revenge upon the ones whom he thought responsible for Victoria´s death. Assisted by his faithful aide Vulnavia, he managed to kill his opponents in many ingenious traps.
In this sequel, Phibes searches eternal life in Egiptian ancient pyramid and scripts to bring back Victoria to life. Police searches for him and he lays his traps again ready to fight until the bitter end.
This sequel is in many ways inferior in storyline to the first movie, but it is still a pleasure to see Vincent Price as Dr Phibes. In both movies Price doesn´t talk at all, he only acts with his face gestures and you can see all of his emotions, pain, anger, madness in his eyes and lips and gestures. His voice is only a recording. There are those creepy scenes again with Dr Phibes´s clockwork wizards, meaning his clockwork band. There are some illogical parts of the movie, the other actress starring as Vulnavia compared to the first movie and is Vulnavia also robot? Is she human at all? I think that Saw franchise, especially the first two movies found a lot inspiration in Dr Phibes movies, especially the first movie, considering death traps. In comparison to Saw movies, these two are almost child movies. One more thing that I must also mention is excellent and somewhat bizarre soundtrack in Dr Phibes movies and poetic and beautiful ending in both movies, telling us that love never dies and with strange aeons even death may die.