The same lead characters but two films that really couldn’t be more different if they tried.
[…] a culmination that adds this to the high-end of the horror-mystery genre seen in the likes of Silence of the Lambs, but with a whole lot more on top, along with a continued focus on the titular detectives’ lives, […]
[…] Somehow, this doesn’t really lessen the impact of the film, possibly due to my expectations going in, but mainly because it’s clear that The Abominable Dr. Phibes is built more on the idea of stringing together set pieces than telling a real story. These set pieces are weirdly great, and very well delivered considering the special effects available at the time. The standout is the ‘plague of rats’ sequence with its parallels between Phibes and his pursuers and, had there been more of a sense of mystery, this could have had a similar effect to the tracking down of Buffalo Bill in Silence of the Lambs. […]
[…] an icon of horror/thriller cinema, Dr Hannibal Lecter, in the film version of Harris’ book Silence of the Lambs. While the part had been played arguably with more truth by Brian Cox in Michael Mann’s […]
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