RDP Friday: MELT
I begged, I pleaded, I swore to be the best 7 year old kid to have ever existed if my Dad would just please, please, please take me to see ” The Abdominable Doctor Phibes. ”
My Dad would tell you I wasn’t the sharpest tool in the shed so he made me repeat the title a few times.
” What is it about?”
I had heard about Dr Phibes on the playground and I struggled to put together the pieces, those magical pieces of a story together. ” It’s about a guy whose face melts and his wife is dead but I think she isn’t because she is still pretty and he sneaks into someone’s house and makes grasshoppers eat a lady’s face and the Police try to catch him but they can’t because he’s a Doctor and he’s smart. Also he can’t drive but someone else drives him around so he always gets away, oh yeah, I think he’s dead but not like his wife. He looks dead. So I’m sure he is dead and his wife is not”
” You’re making this up.”
” No. It’s real. Please take me. Please, please, please! I won’t ask you to take me anywhere again!”
As a rule, my Dad never took me to the movies or anywhere else where he didn’t have another adult to stick me with and if we did go anywhere together it was to McDonalds or KMart and the deal was- I kept my mouth shut. So I figure he’d jump at the chance to ditch me once and for all and take me to the theatre where I could see Doctor Phibes and eat popcorn.
In the end despite my great description of the movie, complete with me acting parts out I did NOT get to see Doctor Phibes.
My Dad took my younger brother who was traumatized by the movie and had nightmares ( Lucky dog, I remember thinking- I LOVED having nightmares) and my Dad went on to see all the Phibes movies.
I never got over that and I never understood it either.
So today I am posting this clip movie because it’s Friday- and Friday’s were made to watch spooky movies and I’m posting it because I want to make sure that nobody else is denied the chance to see one of the best horror movies EVER.