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, 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. Evan 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.

Thirty-five years later, Giggles escapes from a mental asylum, killing everyone in his path. In Moorehigh, 19-year-old Jennifer Campbell, her boyfriend Max Anderson, and their friends are planning their spring break. Jennifer, upset that her father is dating again shortly after the death of her mother, is further angered when she is diagnosed with a heart condition and is forced to wear a heart monitor to determine if she needs surgery. Meanwhile, Dr. Giggles breaks into his father's abandoned office and starts going through the doctor's old files, gathering a list of names. He begins to stalk and kill several of the town's residents, including Jennifer's friends.

Jennifer comes home from a party, and deciding that she's had enough of her heart monitor, dumps it in a fish tank. Jennifer's father finds her heart monitor and goes to look for her, leaving his girlfriend Tamara behind to also be killed by Giggles. Jennifer returns to the party and sees Max kissing another girl. Distraught, she runs into a house of mirrors. Giggles sees Jennifer and notices that she has the same heart condition as his mother and goes after her. Giggles kills the other girl, but Jennifer sees him coming and escapes. Officers Magruder and Reitz find her and take her to the police station.

Giggles makes his way to Jennifer's house, where he attacks her father. Officer 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. He then kidnaps Jennifer and tells her that he plans to replace her "broken" heart with one of those he took from the bodies of her friends. Reitz and Max arrive to save her. Max and Jennifer escape, but Reitz is killed when Giggles' hideout is destroyed.

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 is 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 Max and her also-recovering father.

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 punchlines 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.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  7. ^ "Metzger Park History". 

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