Dr. Phibes Rises Again (1972)

UK, 1972, 89m
35mm film, DeLuxe, 1.85:1
mono, English

A British horror film directed by Robert Fuest.

Plot Summary

Dr Phibes sets off for Egypt with his dead wife Victoria and the ever loyal Vulnavia at his side in search of a fabled fountain of life which might restore his beloved Victoria to life. But to do so he has to outsmart arch rival Biederbeck and his sidekick Diana who are also in country searching for the very same source of life.


* = uncredited

Directed by: Robert Fuest
© MCMLXXII [1972] American International Productions (England) Ltd
James H. Nicholson and Samuel Z. Arkoff present an American International picture
Executive Producer: Samuel Z. Arkoff, James H. Nicholson
Produced by: Louis M. Heyward
Written by: Robert Fuest & Robert Blees
Based on characters created by: James Whiton & William Goldstein
Director of Photography: Alex Thomson
Editor: Tristam Cones
Original Music Composed by: John Gale
Recording Director: A.W. Lumkin
Sound Recordists: Les Hammond, Dennis Whitlock
Vulnavia’s Costumes Designed by: Brian Cox
Costume Supervisor: Ivy Baker Jones
Make-up: Trevor Crole-Rees
Hairdresser: Bernadette Ibbetson
Sets Designed by: Brian Eatwell
Made on location and at the EMI-MGM Elstree Studios, Boreham Wood, Hertfordshire, England

The Protagonists
Vincent Price (Dr [Anton] Phibes)
Robert Quarry ([Darius] Biederbeck)

The Girl
Valli Kemp (Vulnavia)

The Victims
Hugh Griffith ([Harry] Ambrose)
John Thaw (Shavers)
Keith Buckley (Stewart)
Lewis Fiander (Baker)
Gerald Sim (Hackett)
Milton Reid (manservant)

The Law
Peter Jeffrey ([Inspector] Trout)
John Cater (Waverly)

Interested Parties
Peter Cushing (captain)
Beryl Reid (Miss Ambrose)
Terry-Thomas (Lombardo)
Fiona Lewis (Diana)

Caroline Munro [Victoria Phibes] *
Gary Owens [narrator] *

Alternative Titles

Dr Phibes powraca – Polish title
Frustrazione – Italian title
Im Bund mit dem Teufel – German title
Retorno del doctor Phibes – Spanish title
Le Retour de l’abominable Dr Phibes – French title
Die Rückkehr des Dr Phibes – German title
Vampyyri nousee haudastaan – Finnish title

Sequel to
The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)

See also
House of Wax (1953)
The Wizard of Oz (1939)



  • Cinema Retro no.2 (May 2005) pp.54-55, 60-61 – soundtrack review (by Darren Allison); illustrated interview with Caroline Munro (Looking back with Caroline Munro)
  • CinemaTV Today no.9961 1 January 1972 p.18 – credits
  • CinemaTV Today no.9962 8 January 1972 p.18 – credits
  • CinemaTV Today no.10000 (30 September 1972) p.75 – review
  • The Dark Side September 1995 p.20 – credits, review
  • Fangoria no.70 (January 1988) pp.18-19 – video revwei (The Video Eye of Dr. Cyclops)
  • Fangoria no.202 May 2001) p.59 – DVD review (DVD Dungeon by Michael Gingold)
  • Filmfacts vol.1 no.7 (1973) pp.173-174 – reprinted reviews
  • Film Score Monthly vol.1 no.2 (March/April 2005) p.50 – soundtrack review (Pocket Reviews: Dr. Phibes Rises Again by Joe Kikoryak)
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.220 n11 (25 February 1972) p.13 – credits
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.222 no.12 (19 July 1972) p.3 – note
  • House of Hammer vol.1 no.1 (October 1976) p.4 – note (Stop press: Late news)
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.3 no.466 (November 1972) p.230 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Music from the Movies Special no.39 pp.59-60 – review (Film music review: archival by Mark Richard Hasan)
  • Variety (19 July 1972) p.14 – credits, review


  • American International Pictures: A Filmography by Robert L. Ottoson pp.224-225 – credits, synopsis, review
  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.251-252
  • Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Science Fiction by Phil Hardy (ed) p.305-306
  • A Critical Guide to Horror Film Series by Ken Hanke pp.248-249; 250
  • English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.210, 227
  • Film Review 1973-74 by F. Maurice Speed (ed) p.217
  • Peter Cushing: The Gentle Man of Horror and His 91 Films by Deborah Del Vecchio and Tom Johnson pp.289-294
  • Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.107 – credits
  • Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Film Sequels, Series, and Remakes by Kim R. Holston and Tom Winchester p.16-17
  • Shakespeares after Shakespeare: An Encyclopedia of the Bard in Mass Media and Popular Culture Volume One by Richard Burt (ed.) p.160 – credits, note (Film Spin-offs and Citations: Entries play by play by Douglas Lanier)