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Abominable Dr. Phibes, The, Nurse Allen (Nancy Travers)

Site Rating: 63%
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Writeup Rating: 90%
(ratings: 4)
Film: Abominable Dr. Phibes, The (1971)
Deceased Character: Nurse Allen (Nancy Travers)
Archetype: Goody (Minor)
Killed by: Dr. Anton Phibes (Vincent Price)
Killed with: Locusts

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Written by Mr. Mouseburger 24th Mar 2006

Kindly submitted by Mr Briggs Inc.

Nurse Allen is one of the nine doctors who performed fatal surgery on Victoria Phibes thus making her a target of her husband, Anton Phibes' "nine eternities in DOOM" list. Having seen several of the doctors die, Inspector Trout, one of the film's main protagonists, has worked out how they are being killed and the reason they are being killed, and so he is now responsible for keeping the few remaining doctors safe.

Trout finds Allen in a hospital and orders her to remain in her room, until they catch Phibes. She is understandably worried and takes a sleeping pill to help her relax and get to sleep. Unfortunately for Allen though, Phibes is also in the hospital building, in a conveniently empty room directly above hers.

Phibes unrolls a template of a woman's body, laying it on the floor in order work out where nurse Allen is sleeping. The detail of adding nipples onto this template is completely unnecessary, but does serve to titillate the audience. Now the template is on the floor, Phibes carefully drills a hole above the unlucky nurse. I say carefully, but he ends up covering nurse Allen in so many wood shavings it is a wonder that she did not die of suffocation!!

I admire attention to detail, but were the nipples really a necessary addition?

Having successfully drilled a hole directly above Nurse Allen's head, Phibes then sticks a tube through the hole and begins to drip a sticky green syrup on top of Allen, which eventually completely covers her face in a think layer of goo.

Now that is what i call a runny nose!!

It should be noted that in an earlier scene we see Phibes loading a small harvest of brussel sprouts into an industrial sized juicer, so we can work out that what Phibes is dripping on to nurse Allen is the most 'abominable' liquid known to man - sprout juice.

In order to pay the bills Phibes takes on a job as Quality Controller for Bird's Eye foods: Sprout division

However, this is not nearly enough suffering for Phibes's taste. Also, to the best of my knowledge, rivers running green with sprout juice was not one of the ten plagues of Egypt (although religious scholars are free to correct me if I am wrong), and so Phibes drops hundreds of completely disinterested locusts down a clear glass tube that land on nurse Allen and eat away at the deep-sleeping nurse's face, until there is nothing left but a skull.

The most orderly locust swarm in history - single file chaps! - Not even the voracious locusts would nibble away at Allen's skanky hair

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Last Updated: 2nd Jun 2008
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This review has 10 comments. Reply to the comments
Comment 1 by 'Karl_Eichholtz_13' (reply to this comment)
just a way-to-go damn minute there.Allen wasn't a doctor she was a nurse.
Comment 2 by 'Mr. Briggs Incorporated' (reply to this comment)
I think the readers get the point!
Comment 3 by 'Kooshmeister' (reply to this comment)
Yes she was a nurse but she was still part of the team that failed to save Phibes' wife and therefore Phibes blamed her.
Comment 4 by 'A Alcott' (reply to this comment)
Still, I don't think she deserve to die!
Comment 5 by 'Mr. Briggs Incorporated' (reply to this comment)
What can I say, Phibes was hella dedicated to his wife, as am I! (Phibes' wife Caroline Munro that is smiling smiley )
Comment 6 by 'A Alcott' (reply to this comment)
And how hot Caroline Munro was back then, I kind of wouldn't blame him for killing all those people for depriving the world of her beauty! winking smiley
Comment 7 by 'Kooshmeister' (reply to this comment)
A Alcott Wrote:
> Still, I don't think she deserve to die!

I think that's the point. smiling smiley

None of the doctors deserved to die; Phibes was just bonkers.

Comment 8 by 'A Alcott' (reply to this comment)
Agatha Christie! Now there's a movie that needs to be made properly and it would take up ten little deaths on this website!
Comment 9 by 'old bluffer' (reply to this comment)
I found this death hilarious and I eagerly await Mouseburger's screenshots. The "sprout juice" that is drizzled all over this womnan's head is just ridiculous, by the end of it her head is cocooned in the stuff and she *still* doesn't wake up! tongue sticking out smiley
Comment 10 by 'old bluffer' (reply to this comment)
Great screenshots! :thumbsup:
I've just noticed Phibes took a replica bedside lamp to help him locate the exact spot where he wanted to drill. It is little touches like this that really demonstarte what a nutter he is!