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To: alt.satanism
From: (Dr. Michael A. Aquino)
Date: 03 Aug 2001 05:20:15 GMT

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 "Victor Le Nettoyeur"  wrote:

>I have been searching for the Phibes films for a few
>months now, as I was led to believe that Anton LaVey
>had bit parts in them. Can you confirm or deny this?

Both are available in VHS and DVD from
And very inexpensive - I think the DVD is about $13 or
so. I'd recommend the DVD over VHS in both cases,
because both DVDs are in widescreen format, have the
original trailers, etc.

That's _The Abominable Dr. Phibes_ and _Dr. Phibes
Rises Again_.

No, Anton had nothing whatever to do with either
film, and was not a model for the Vincent Price character
any more than he had anything to do with _Rosemary's

However in many respects the Phibes character had
many similarities with nuances of Anton's personality,
which I proposed in my _Church of Satan_ history.
[It was after reading that, apparently, that Anton
began telling people that he had worked on the film,
coached Price in the role, etc. All untrue.]

The film that Anton *did* work on was _The Devil's
Rain_, which is also available on DVD from Amazon
at a really nice price - I think around $9 - in widescreen.
_DR_ started out as a really ghastly cookieladywitch
novel by Maud Willis. Anton massaged every part of
the ritual & artistic elements, did the decorations
inside the "Redstone" church, taught "basic Enochian"
to the Mexican extras, etc. And of course he and his
wife Diane appeared in cameos - he as a gold-helmeted
high priest, and Diane as Ernest Borgnine's colonial-era

>I wonder if they are worth purchasing.

Yes, grab 'em before they disappear. Some really
stunning films such as _The Keep_ and _The
Resurrected_ (the well-done version of HPL's
_The Case of Charles Dexter Ward_) are already
out of print, apparently. If you see used-cassettes
of either of those, grab them too.

Michael Aquino

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