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This was a surprisingly entertaining B-type film with a lot of good
lines by "Dr. Giggles" (Larry Drake). "Dr. Giggles" is a mad doctor who
has this high-pitched giggle when he kills people, which is frequently.
It sounds hokey, and it is, but it's done with great tongue-in-cheek humor. Actually, that's what I think this is: a takeoff on grisly horror movies. Drake's Ines, mostly doctor clinches, are very funny and his face is strange enough so that he fits the part. The rest of the cast is Hollywood-typical teens.
This movie is well photographed, too and with nice color sand some good camera angles. Nothing outstanding but definitely a "sleeper," something much better than anticipated.
Dr Evan Rendell or Dr Giggles from the title wonderfully played by Larry Drake is,along with officer Joe Vickers(Bobby Ray Shafer)from "Psycho Cop" series,one of the funniest psycho killers ever created on film."Dr Giggles" is an enjoyable slasher film filled with gore and black humour.The film is well-directed and acted and is simply fun to watch.It's quite suspenseful at times,and some of the killings are rather unpleasant(like when he castrates one guy)and grotesque.Recommended for horror fans.
Very much to my surprise I enjoyed viewing this film and at times it broke me up with laughter and at the same time furnished plenty of blood and gore. Larry Drake,(Dr. Evan Rendell ),"Spun",'02, gave a great performance and looked more like your local butcher than the role of doctor. Dr Rendell always wanted to be a doctor since he was a young boy cutting up stuffed dolls and animals and his father who was also a doctor wanted him to follow in his footsteps. However, after the doctor lost his wife because of a heart condition, he went sorta nuts and had a funny giggle whenever he felt uptight or happy! His son followed in his footsteps and tried very hard to help Holly Marie Combs, (Jennifer Campbell), "A Reason to Believe" ,'95, with her heart condition. There was plenty of lustful scenes and hot to trot teenagers. One young man was trying to obtain a condom that had fallen into a toilet bowl with a tooth brush. This film is really a great COMEDY with lots of HORROR!!
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The son of a mass-murderer doctor escapes from the asylum and begins to
take revenge on the hot young teens of the town that took down his
father. Giggling all the way (in the creepy way, not like a
schoolgirl), the 'Doctor' seeks to complete his father's work by
performing the world's first heart transplant (even though the first
was actually performed 25 years previously).
Review: The film that taught me not to look through keyholes, 'Dr. Giggles' was a staple of my childhood. Before I hit the double digits, my dad showed me this movie and I absolutely loved it. Even today, as an adult, I ignore all of the flaws (and there are plenty) and still totally dig it. It's kind of a more perverse, hilariously cheesy, and brutal 90s attempt at a 'Les yeux sans visage'-type film. . . only, without the care, love, and beauty. 'Dr. Giggles' is full of some fantastic one-liners ("Hello. This is your new doctor and I'm standing right behind you." / "If you think that's bad, wait till you get my bill." / "Have a heart." / "I know. It sucks."). While it certainly isn't an Oscar-winner, it's still a fantastically funny and violent cheesefest that really helps to define the '90s B-movies many love to look back on.
Final verdict: 7/10. I can't resist.
I rented this movie one night from the B-list video store in town, more
less for lack of anything else to do. I expected it to be really lame,
boring, but was pleasantly surprised to find that it was actually quite
A mental patient who believes that he is a doctor escapes the psych- ward, and returns to wreak murderous havoc on the town that he escaped from as a child after the "townsfolk" stoned his demented physician father to death.
Typical of the horror genre, there is the young, innocent heroine, who saves the day, and her not-so-innocent friends who aren't so lucky.
What sets this film apart is that it is original and creative, considering it came out before the Scream flicks. There are some really good, unusual death scenes. Not gory, but unique. It is also very creepy, and it moves fast, and never really drags. Holly Marie Combs is very good in this movie, and you actually care what happens to her character.
Bottom Line: A fun, humorous, creepy film to watch.
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`Dr. Giggles' is one of the more inventive slashers that came out in the
late 80's, early 90s.
An insane doctor, Ewan Rendell (Larry Drake) a.k.a. Dr. Giggles, escapes from a mental institution, murdering several doctors along the way. He returns to his hometown of Moorehigh, where his father was also a doctor before he died. Teenager Jennifer (Holly Marie Combs) is having trouble on two fronts: she has an unknown heart condition and her father, Tom (Cliff De young) has just moved his girlfriend Tamara (Michelle Johnson) into their house. On the last day of school, Jennifer and her boyfriend Max (Glenn Quinn) decide to go with some friends to a special make-out party held on a local mountaintop. First, some of the friends decide to go to Rendell's house because of a local legend about him, thinking him to be dead. But Rendell appears and wastes the group. He then turns his attention to Jennifer's family, killing Tamara and attacking Tom. Two police officers, (Keith Diamond) (Richard Bradford) on the case, discover Rendell's operation for removing the hearts of his victims after their dead and race to his house to stop him before he harms the abducted Jennifer and her boyfriend.
The Good News: In the late 80s, horror movies were becoming increasingly more formulaic and almost no originality was used in creating them. `Dr. Giggles' is one of the first one's to start using creativity in the slashers. I thought the fact that we know the killer very early in the film; in fact, it starts out by revealing the killer, was a breath of fresh air in the genre. Larry Drake is one of the creepiest killers in history of slashers. He has a special look about him that lends him very easily to these kinds of roles. I also liked how every one of his victims was killed by a different weapon every time. A different instrument was plunged or stabbed or sliced into every victim. It made you wonder what he was going to use for his next kill. It also added some suspense into the film when you saw the next weapon he was going to use. Due to the different weapons, this film also has a lot of gore. Very badly mangled bodies, instruments protruding from the body and even very messy surgery scenes are all included as part of the gore in the film. Dr. Giggles also had a very unique sense of humor. He had a great joke for every death. All of them are in the Freddy Kruegar area of jokes, making a smart quip about the situation to put down his victim. They were really funny and they will get at least a good chuckle. The part of the movie where they were trapped in the funhouse was the creepiest part. I personally hate those, and any film to use them to good effect is creepy. Not knowing where the real psycho is, what the mirrors distort, and how to get out of them are three great parts that if pulled off well, the scenes become even creepier.
The Bad News: There was only one part of the film that I didn't like, and that was Dr. Giggles' laugh. It was very high-pitched and extremely annoying. In the beginning, it was creepy, but as he did it very often in the film, it just grew annoying. It should've been changed or had some of it removed.
The Final Verdict: A not well-known slasher that is very enjoyable and at times very funny. Worth the time to find, it will please slasher fans of all tastes and gore hounds looking for something new to wet their taste buds until another gore movie comes along.
Rated R: Graphic Violence, Adult Language, Nudity, and an off-camera sex scene.
I believe every medical/doctor related cliche found its way into this movie. Is there a doctor in the house? Take two and call me in the morning. A house call crack. And the list goes on and on and on and on. Dr. Giggles opens with a doctor/slash real mental patient performing a heart removal in front of a host of crazies. Soon he finds his way back to his old town and house, still intact underneath the facade of decay where his father once practiced medicine but some terrible thing happened. Naturally a group of teenagers out to have fun go in the condemned house at just that time. No big surprise what happens. Larry Drake plays the lead role, and although he is working with rubbish really, I thought his obvious zeal for the part was interesting to say the least. Make no mistake here, Dr. Giggles is a routine-routine slasher film from the late seventies/early eighties vein. A sick individual traumatized from something in his past goes back to the scene of the crime so to speak, where he can exact revenge on all those that had something or nothing to do with him and his tragedy. What separates the film for me a bit is that it has a darkly humorous side - we really are not meant to take anything serious at all - and yet is very mean-spirited with the hyperbolic death rate. Roughly 15-20 people are savagely killed on-screen or off. We have death by blood pressure cuff, death by humongous stainless steel surgical instruments, suffocation from a big bandage(?), poisoning, needle injection, some kind of spinning drill that takes a woman's breath away literally, and so on and on and on and on. For me it was just too much callousness. The ending is also more than far-fetched. It is plum ridiculous! As for the rest of the cast, well, certainly this was not a huge stepping stone to great things to come. Holly Marie Combs; however, did a decent job and has faired relatively well. Some familiar faces minus notable names are thrown in as well.
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Dr. Giggles is a film you certainly won't regret watching. That is IF you're fond of absurd and over the top humor and if you can handle quite a share of blood and gore. Larry Drake is Dr. Giggles. A brilliant yet pretty disturbed man who's not too shy kill a large amount of people. Above that, he knows all the typical medical clichés and he's not afraid to use them. I don't believe any existing "doctor-quote" or aspect isn't used here. He can't kill anybody without saying something funny. This becomes pretty rediculous after a while but hey, the gore is there. Do not expect a scary thriller with some good plot twists or anything. You can point out exactly who'll die and won't. No surprises there.
Usually, doctors or scientists gone mad provide the genre with some of the best films. Anyone remembers Dr. Phibes and Dr. Orloff ?? Even Dr. Herbert West and Victor Frankenstein fit in this category. All these characters have great motivations for killing and they have fascinating background stories. Dr. Giggles doesn't, but please don't let that spoil the fun for you. He's the son of another crazy doctor and he's more than happy to follow into his footsteps. Therefore he returns to the town where his old man had its practice and start killing random teenagers and any other persons who stand in his way. He sure loves his job and he slaughters in the most creative and disgusting ways. As usual, true love survives and the villain returns a couple of times before he's really dead. That's about it. Filled with clichés and very predictable but fun nevertheless. Excellent stuff to watch with a large group of people with a huge amount of beer and popcorn besides you.
Honorable mention certainly goes out to Larry Drake. This guy is a very underrated actor. He's very well cast here and he lives up to that other good performance of his...Darkman.
Favorite "rewind"-moment : Through a flash-back, it becomes clear who Evan ( Dr. Giggles ) escaped from his father's house. In a very bloody scene, he is re-born through his dead mother...Good stuff
Not that bad of a schlock 90's slasher. A good way to 'kill' a couple
of hours. Larry Drake of 'Darkman' fame, plays the title role and he's
great. The rest of the cast features the usual bunch of teenagers. If
you like gore and a ton of one liners, this film is for you. The kills
are as creative as anything that used to be done in the Friday the 13th
series. Some creative set pieces, including a unique chase through a
fun house filled with mirrors. Some good creativity here and there
amongst some not so great film-making. No horror masterpiece, just some
Watch this film and call me in the morning. Doctor's orders.
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When it comes right down to it, the slick, stylish "Dr. Giggles" is
really no more than your usual 80s style teen-oriented slasher, with a
gimmick. The good news is that it's mostly done in a strong
tongue-in-cheek manner, with its villains' dialogue often consisting of
clichéd lines associated with doctors. It does get serious at some
points, but never too serious, and damn if it doesn't deliver some
enjoyable kills and one hell of a great "I gotta rewind that and watch
it again" money shot.
Evan Rendell, Jr. (Larry Drake) is a demented "physician" determined to get revenge on the citizens of the town of Moorehigh, on behalf of his dearly departed dad, a doctor who'd similarly gone crazy. Now he's out to perform all sorts of unauthorized surgery. When he discovers that a potential victim, Jennifer Campbell (Holly Marie Combs of 'Charmed'), has a heart condition, he takes pity on her, and because he does consider himself a doctor, changes the theme of his murder spree to supposedly help her out.
Nicely shot (by Robert Draper) and effectively paced, "Dr. Giggles" (so named because of Evan Jr.'s nervous habit) makes the most out of its medical theme with its merry antagonist utilizing all sorts of doctors' tools to off his mostly unsympathetic, typical slasher movie type victims. And Evan always has just the right quip for every occasion. However, one of the brightest moments doesn't involve a kill, but rather Evan examining a glassy eyed little boy as he monotonously obsesses over a video game; his subsequent line is priceless. And that aforementioned money shot, when it's shown how Evan Sr. smuggled his son out of the family house, is wonderfully creepy / cool stuff. The KNB group supply the excellent gore.
The under-rated Drake is hilarious; he delivers his one-liners perfectly and clearly can play insane very well. The lovely Combs is very appealing and the supporting cast features a bunch of well chosen, familiar faces: Cliff DeYoung as Jennifer's father, Michelle Johnson as the father's girlfriend, Richard Bradford as a veteran cop, and Nancy Fish as a nosey neighbour. The late Glenn Quinn plays Jennifer's boyfriend and Keith Diamond is great as the ultimately heroic Officer Joe Reitz.
The final portion of the movie is a little too predictable, with more than one ending, but that had already come to be a standard aspect to the slasher film. Taking everything into consideration, die hard fans of the sub genre should be amused.
Seven out of 10.
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