I'm not going to try to convince anyone that 1972's Vincent Price film Dr. Phibes Rises Again is better than the previous year's The Abominable Dr. Phibes, but that doesn't mean Robert Fuest's sequel is entirely without merit. Anything with Price in it was worthy of a look from horror fanatics, and seeing him reprise one of his most memorable characters makes Rises Again especially worthy of recommendation.

This film opens three years after Phibes' apparent demise at the end of the previous film. When the moon is just right, he rises from his grave and is once again ready to seek vengeance. However, this time out, he's not after the doctors who killed his beloved wife Victoria (Caroline Munro, uncredited) -- he instead intends to find an ancient river in Egypt that only appears once every 2000 years and grants eternal life -- so that he and Victoria can be together forever. Unfortunately, someone's stolen the papyrus map that leads to the river, and someone else is seeking the unholy waterway as well (Darius Biederbeck, played by Robert Quarry). So it's a race against time and an enemy for Phibes this time out, but he still finds a way to work in plenty of gruesome (for their time) kill scenes.

After the jump -- does Vincent Price really sing that?
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