After lying dormant for 3 years, the eccentric Dr. Phibes returns to revive his beloved by unlocking the secrets of the River of Life below a secret chamber in Egypt.. But not before leaving a trail of bodies in his wake! This prompt follow-up retains all of the same black humor and tone set to the bizarre stylings of the previous installment. The deaths are exceedingly graphic by comparison, but in most other aspects the similarities outweigh the differences between the two, which makes Phibes return feel too much like the original. That being said, it is still so absurd, surreal, and unique that one cant help but become enthralled with the film. The circus-like theatrics, bloody murders, and over the top acting reflect the stage performances of the Grand Guignol, focusing more on the strength of the visual style over the substance of the film. Price delivers another excellent performance as our anti-hero Dr. Phibes, with more impressive miming as he conveys the clearly insane but inquisitive and sad character. Although it falls short of the first film, I found this one to be an enjoyable followup, and it is entirely worth the run-time to hear Vincent Price's rendition of Somewhere Over the Rainbow over the credits!