Written by Mr. Mouseburger 24th Mar 2006
Kindly submitted by Mr Briggs Inc.
Dr. Anton Phibes, to his mind, has killed all nine doctors that performed the unsuccessful operation on his wife resulting in her untimely death [although one doctor is still alive].
Using the ten biblical plagues to inspire him with his revenge, he has reserved the final plague for himself.
After he again applies his latex "face", he retreats to a deep secret passage under his lair, where he has stored his wife, Victoria's, mirrored coffin. Phibes hooks his wrist into a machine that pumps all his blood from his body and replaces it with a strange embalming fluid. While this is working, he climbs into a coffin with Victoria, a gigantic lid with a luminous depiction of an eclipse closes on them both and the darkness consumes him. "The final curse upon the land, to end forever the sleep of man."
The dozey inspectors do not realise it is a coffin (even though it is clearly a coffin, and even though they know one of the remaining plagues is "darkness" and the coffin lid has the aforementioned eclipse motif on it) and so they do not find Phibes' corpse, leaving the credits roll to the instrumental tune of "Over the Rainbow”.