I first watched The Abominable Dr. Phibes when it played on PBS on a random Sunday afternoon when I was about 12 years old. My dad had just finished some documentary, probably about WWII or the Civil War, and this was coming on next. Whether it was out of boredom or curiosity, he left the channel on PBS and we both started watching it. We both really got into it and that rarely ever happened with my Dad. He was the documentary and Masterpiece Theater member of our house, so a cheap, British horror movie wouldn’t have been his usual cup of tea. Because of this rare entertainment connection with my father, the film has always had a special place in my heart.
Over the years I’ve collected Phibes stuff, including the novelization of the original and the bonkers sequel.
But I had a really cool addition to my collection when an old friend, @longstrangethrifttrip, found a double-sided Laserdisc of the film series in a Goodwill in Arizona. I’m excited to add this disc to my collection, even if I don’t have a Laserdisc player; it’s a fun conversation piece that I’ll probably put in a frame and hang up in my office at some point.
While it’s not vintage, I also have a really cool glow-in-the-dark Phibes enamel pin and sticker from a website called mani-yackmonsters.com.
If you’ve never seen Phibes, I highly recommend checking it out. The film has a great performance from Vincent Price, and is a fun time at the movies.
Oh, and go check out my friend Jim’s IG account, he posts a lot of fun thrift stuff!