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|Directed by||Manny Coto|
|Produced by||Stuart M. Besser|
|Written by||Manny Coto and
Holly Marie Combs
Cliff De Young
|Music by||Brian May|
|Edited by||Debra Neil-Fisher|
|Distributed by||Universal Studios|
|October 23, 1992|
Dr. Giggles is a 1992 horror film directed by Manny Coto, and starring Larry Drake as the titular antagonist and Holly Marie Combs as the protagonist. The film co-stars Cliff DeYoung and Glenn Quinn. It was released on October 23, 1992.
In the town of Moorehigh in 1957, the patients of Dr. Rendell kept disappearing. After some investigation, the citizens of Moorehigh found that he and his son, Evan, Jr. (nicknamed "Dr. Giggles" for his hideous laugh), were ripping out patients' hearts in an attempt to bring back the doctor's dead wife. The townspeople stone Dr. Rendell to death, but Evan, Jr. disappeared.
Meanwhile, Dr. Giggles breaks into his father's abandoned office and starts going through the doctor's old files, gathering a list of names.
Magruder goes to investigate Jennifer's house, and finds her father there, lying in a pool of blood. Giggles attacks and kills Magruder, but not before Magruder seriously wounds him in the side with a bullet. Reitz arrives soon after, finding his partner dead and Jennifer's father wounded but alive. Meanwhile, Giggles returns to his hideout, performing surgery on himself to remove the bullet.
Jennifer is taken to the hospital, where she is told that the traumatic events of the evening have damaged one of her heart valves, and she is going to need surgery to replace it. While she is being prepped, Dr. Giggles reappears, having survived the explosion, and cutting a bloody path through the hospital staff to get to Jennifer. He chases her to a janitor's closet, where she spills a bottle of cleaning fluid onto the floor and hits him with a pair of defibrillator paddles, electrocuting him. She finally kills him by stabbing him through the chest with two of his own instruments. Dr. Giggles then breaks the fourth wall, staring at the camera and asking, "Is there a doctor in the house?" before dying.
Recovering in the hospital, Jennifer is visited by her also-recovering father, and by Max.
Larry Drake as Doctor Evan Rendell Jr. (Dr. Giggles)
Holly Marie Combs as Jennifer Campbell
Cliff DeYoung as Tom Campbell
Glenn Quinn as Max Anderson
Keith Diamond as Officer Joe Reitz
Richard Bradford as Officer Hank Magruder
Michelle Johnson as Tamara
John Vickery as Dr. Chamberlain
Nancy Fish as Elaine Henderson
Sara Melson as Coreen
Zoe Trilling as Normi
Darin Heames as Stu
Deborah Tucker as Dianne
Nick Joseph Mastrandrea as Young Evan Rendell Jr./Stu's brother
Dr. Giggles earned poor reviews from critics and currently holds a 27% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Variety gave the film a negative review calling it a "wildly uneven horror film" noting that "More care in scripting and fewer cheap yocks could have resulted in a viable new paranoid horror myth" Vincent Canby also criticized the script in his review for The New York Times stating "The screenplay is stitched together from variations on cliches used by or about the medical community." The Washington Post noted that "Manny Coto turns to co-writer Graeme Whifler time and again for punch lines in a desperate attempt to revive a script that begins in critical condition and ends up DOA."
- The New York Times
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- Canby, Vincent (October 24, 1992). "Dr. Giggles". New York Times. Retrieved November 29, 2012.
- Harrington, Richard (October 26, 1992). "'Dr. Giggles'". The Washington Post. Retrieved November 29, 1992.
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- Dr. Giggles at AllMovie
- Dr. Giggles at Rotten Tomatoes
- Dr. Giggles at Box Office Mojo
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