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The Abominable Dr. Phibes
Revenge is the best medicine.
Directed By: Robert Fuest
Released: May 18, 1971
Runtime: 94 minutes
Country: United Kingdom
Language: English
Followed By: Dr. Phibes Rises Again

The Abominable Dr. Phibes is a 1971 horror film. Its art deco sets, dark humor have made the film and its sequel Dr. Phibes Rises Again classics. Art Deco places this movie in the so-called Dieselpunk Genre.


Doctors are being murdered in a bizarre manner: bats, bees, killer frog masks, etc., which represent the nine Biblical plagues. The crimes are orchestrated by a demented organ player with the help of his mute assistant. The detective is stumped until he finds that all of the doctors being killed assisted a Dr. Vesalius on an unsuccessful operation involving the wife of Dr. Phibes, but he couldn't be the culprit, could he? He was killed in a car crash upon learning of his wife's death...

Steampunk Influences[]

This movie falls into the category of Dieselpunk rather than Steampunk.