One may not appreciate it on the first viewing, but The Abominable Dr. Phibes is walking a treacherous high-wire act.
As a sort of horror / comedy film, the movie already has its work cut out for it. Play too much towards the comedic edge and you run the risk of receiving groans or eye-rolls from the audience. Whereas if you push harder on the horrific aspects of the story, you will effectively lose any chances for comedic opportunities in the story. What’s more, with Vincent Price’s character of the titular Dr. Phibes framed as an early slasher villain, the formula of quirky kills could quickly become repetitive. Continue reading THE ABOMINABLE DR. PHIBES (1971) – Movie Review→
When discussing the legacy of Hammer Films’ heyday in the 50s, 60s, and 70s, the subject of sequels would be unavoidable with such unforgettable movie series as those of Dracula and Frankenstein. And though these derivative efforts doubtlessly have their ups and downs, they did typically have some new and original ideas instilled within – this is the studio who gave us a Dracula film set in 1972 after all. Continue reading THE VENGEANCE OF SHE (1968) Movie Review – The Harrowing House of Hammer→
“Oh… wow. That was a bit unexpected. Damn, what a bummer.” – My reaction to Svengali after the film reached its conclusion.
For those of us who are acquainted with the early gothic movies of Universal Studios, the premise of Svengali (a Warner Brothers film) will quickly ring a bell as almost being a quasi-retelling of Dracula released earlier in 1931 – the same year as this film. In this story, adapted from the George Du Maurier novel Trilby, we have a strange foreign man in the titular character who has an eerie power over women through the use of hypnosis and his powerful gaze. He soon turns his attentions to a young woman who is betrothed to another before he exercises his otherworldly powers to bring her under his spell. Continue reading SVENGALI (1931) Movie Review→