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Abominable Dr. Phibes, The, Dr. Dunwoody (Edward Burnham)

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Film: Abominable Dr. Phibes, The (1971)
Deceased Character: Dr. Dunwoody (Edward Burnham)
Archetype: Goody (Minor)
Killed by: Dr. Anton Phibes (Vincent Price)
Killed with: Bats


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Written by Mr. Mouseburger 24th Mar 2006

Kindly submitted by Mr Briggs inc.

The disfigured Dr. Anton Phibes (q.v.) is on a crusade to punish the doctors who let his wife die. His revenge takes the form of a modern reenactment of the ten biblical plagues bestowed on Egypt.

Late at night, he drives down the street with his beautiful henchwoman, Vulnavia [q.v.], in a fancy Rolls Royce. This street is home to Dr. Dunwoody, one of the medics Phibes feels is responsible for his wife’s death. Dunwoody is unaware of his impending doom, being tucked up and peacefully sleeping in his bed.

Dr. Phibes stealthily climbs up to the top of the house with a cage of bats, which he slowly lowers into Dunwoody’s house through a window in the top of the roof. Phibes uncovers the cage and lets the creatures within loose, which start swooping around the room.

Dunwoody wakes up at the noise, and the creatures are revealed to be killer bats (although anyone who has ever watched the Discovery channel will spot that they are actually just harmless fruit bats - and the strings supporting them while they are flying are also not true to nature!)

The next day, Dunwoody is discovered dead by his servants, his body having been scratched and torn at by the (fruit) bats. His servants phone the police but can’t explain what happened, they can only report that they heard violin music playing late at night. Meanwhile, Phibes places a Hebrew medallion over the neck of a wax statue of Dunwoody, and symbolically melts it.



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