Written by Mr. Mouseburger 24th Mar 2006
Kindly submitted by Mr. Briggs Inc.
Dr. Phibes (q.v.) is fresh from the killing of Dr Dunwoody (q.v.) and Professor Thornton: two of the doctors that many years ago fatally botched his wife's surgery, which left Phibes bitter and vengeful. His next victim is Dr Hargreaves, and he attends a costume party disguised behind an eagle facemask.
At the party, he successfully locates Dr. Hargreaves, who turns out to be rather dull, but reveals he is psychiatric doctor, or rather "a headshrinker".
This is what we at the MDDB like to call a Blatant Clue, and Phibes duly presents the doctor with a frog mask; a symbol of one of the ten plagues of Egypt. Hargreaves didn’t realise that this party was a masquerade ball, and so not wanting to appear the odd one out, he takes the mask and puts it on. With the help of Phibes, who closes the mechanism at the back, the audience is treated to a close up of the mechanism slowly tightening on the back of the mask.
This is the sort of head size i was expecting in the film Frogs
However, this death trap is unbeknownst to Hargreaves, and he is laughing with the other party goers, who are wearing even more ridiculous masks than him. Moments pass and Hargreaves begins to feel a discomfort surrounding his head and neck, but he dismisses it as nothing important, until it is too late. Phibes in the meantime is watching Hargreaves intently from behind his eagle mask.
Hargreaves is now fully aware that something is definitely awry, and in desperation he clutches and pulls at the mask trying to remove it before the mechanism finishes its dreadful task.
He is unsuccessful in pulling off this papier mache work of art and so the device finally puts an end to Hargreaves, who collapses down a flight of stairs and onto the floor, blood seeping from his crushed skull out the neck of the mask in a small pool on his suit.
Hargreaves finally croaks!