Dr. Giggles

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Dr. Giggles
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Theatrical Release Poster
Directed by Manny Coto
Produced by Stuart M. Besser
Written by Manny Coto and
Graeme Whifler
Starring Larry Drake
Holly Marie Combs
Cliff De Young
Glenn Quinn
Keith Diamond
Richard Bradford
Music by Brian May
Cinematography Robert Draper
Edited by Debra Neil-Fisher
Production
company
Distributed by Universal Studios
Release dates
October 23, 1992
Running time
96 minutes
Budget Unknown
Box office $8,403,433

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.[1]

Plot[edit]

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.

Cast[edit]

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

Doug E. Doug as Trotter Denise Barnes as Leigh

Nick Joseph Mastrandrea as Young Evan Rendell Jr./Stu's brother

Release[edit]

The original release was on October 23, 1992 and the re-release on December 12, 2009 at New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles.[2][3]

Reception[edit]

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"[4] 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."[5] 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."[6]

Filming Locations[edit]

The creepy house of Dr. Giggles was a set which was built in Metzger Park in the unincorporated community of Metzger Oregon.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The New York Times
  2. ^ "BC Brings 'Dr. Giggles' Back To The Big Screen". 
  3. ^ "See Dr. Giggles at LA's New Beverly with the Good Doctor Himself!". 
  4. ^ Cohn, Lawrence (October 25, 1992). "Dr. Giggles". Variety. Retrieved November 29, 2012. 
  5. ^ Canby, Vincent (October 24, 1992). "Dr. Giggles". New York Times. Retrieved November 29, 2012. 
  6. ^ Harrington, Richard (October 26, 1992). "'Dr. Giggles'". The Washington Post. Retrieved November 29, 1992. 
  7. ^ "Metzger Park History". 

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