director Robert Fuest
The flipside of the disc of The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971) was its 1972 sequel, Dr. Phibes Rises Again. It’s odd enough that the first film had enough steam to produce a sequel, and it’s even more odd that there were any number of Dr. Phibes films plotted and planned to various degrees over the years.
Dr. Phibes Rises Again is not nearly as good or clever as The Abominable Dr. Phibes, like a typical sequel, rushed into production, corners cut, ideas more half-baked. The sequel does bring back Vincent Price and a number of the comic cast of officers pursuing the criminal. Phibes now isn’t seeking revenge anymore, but instead is planning to resurrect his dead wife via some Egyptian mythos. People wind up getting killed in a variety of unusual ways, mainly because they are getting in the way. Particularly Darrus Biederbeck (Robert Quarry), who is also pursuing the same solution for extending to eternal life.
It’s amusing. Probably the best thing one could say about it. The camp and comedy carry on, but just to a lesser degree of success. Still, if you’re going to watch one Dr. Phibes movie, you might as well watch them both, right?