Dr. Phibes Rises Again/Fun Facts

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  • Just before being crushed in a giant press-screw, Baker can be seen reading "The Turn of the Screw".
  • When the pregnant Virginia North was unable to reprise her role as Vulnavia for the sequel, Valli Kemp was cast instead.
  • Many of the characters were named after famous jazz trumpeters, (Biederbeck being the most obvious).
  • The desert sequences were filmed in Spain.
  • Vincent Price's final film for America Internatonal pictures.
  • There was a lot of hostility between Vincent Price and Robert Quarry, particularly when Price discovered that AI were planning on replacing him with Quarry as their major horror film star.
  • Phibes originally had less dialogue. However, new lines were added after a lot of scripted sequences were cut out for budget reasons.
  • Frankie Howerd was asked to be in this project.
  • The Bach Singers, a volunteer group, worked for free, agreeing only to a donation to charitable purposes.
  • In the original script Beiderbeck's first name was Jonathan.
  • Shavers was originally meant to be impaled by a golden eagle, ala The Abominable Dr. Phibes.
  • The Scottish fusiliers, who are mentioned in the finished film, were originally meant to have an on-screen role.
  • Vulnavia was originally going to be a new character, but the studios insisted on keeping her name. This explains why the character returns despite being killed in The Abominable Dr. Phibes.
  • The Pyramid which features in the climax was intended to consist of levels filled with traps and have boiling oil filling into it. It was changed for budget reasons.
  • The second of a planned trilogy. The third would have either featured Phibes fighting a group of Nazis, or him searching for the key to Olympus. A film treatment still exists for the latter. The title would have been Phibes Resurrectus, The Seven Fates of Dr. Phibes or The Brides of Dr. Phibes.
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