Day 10, No 10. Dr. Phibes

The Abominable Dr PhibesHAIRCUT 100: Day 10, No. 10. Vincent Price as The Abominable Dr. Phibes in the classic British horror film of the same name, directed by Robert Fuest in 1971. (My wife and I love Vincent Price; we met because of him, and when we had our son we named him Vincent.)

‘Nine killed you! Nine shall die! Nine eternities in doom!’ Thus was the curse of famous concert organist Dr. Anton Phibes, a man somewhere between the Phantom of the Opera and Liberace, who vowed revenge on the nine doctors he believed were responsible for his wife’s death. He did this by visiting an Art Deco version of the Ten Plagues of Egypt on his victims: the curse of boils, bats, frogs, blood, rats, hail, beasts, locusts, and, of course, the death of the first-born. ‘A brass unicorn has been catapulted across a London street and impaled an eminent surgeon,’ remarks the redoubtable Inspector Trout at one point, ‘Words fail me, gentlemen.’ The final curse, darkness, Phibes left for himself: embalmed alive as he lay beside the perfectly preserved body of his wife, Victoria. ‘There’s some very strange people practising medicine these days.’

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