Dr. Giggles 1992

Dr. Giggles

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Larry Drake's deranged performance as the titular doctor is just about all that distinguishes Dr. Giggles from its slasher brethren.

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In 1957, Evan Rendell (Larry Drake) flees after his father is lynched for killing multiple patients in his effort to find a replacement heart for his ailing wife. After 35 years, Evan escapes from a mental institution and returns to town for revenge, killing off residents one by one. When Jennifer (Holly Marie Combs) and her friends break into the Rendell house out of morbid curiosity, Evan notices Jennifer has a heart condition similar to his mother and decides to make her his final victim.

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Larry Drake
Doctor Evan Rendell
Holly Marie Combs
Jennifer Campbell
Cliff DeYoung
Tom Campbell
Glenn Quinn
Max Anderson
Keith Diamond
Officer Joe Reitz
Richard Bradford
Officer Hank Magruder
John Vickery
Dr. Chamberlain
Nancy Fish
Elaine Henderson
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Critic Reviews for Dr. Giggles

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (24)

  • At this late date, the rules of the adolescent slice-'n'-dice genre have codified into ritual (teens + sex = death), suggesting that those who rent this may have bigger problems than just bad taste.

    December 4, 2018 | Rating: D- | Full Review…
  • The doctor's incessant giggling is supposed to represent the outlet of childhood psychological trauma, but don't expect Dr. Giggles to give Drake's performance a sympathetic or tragic dimension.

    December 4, 2018 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • Dr. Giggles is one horror comedy that actually is laugh-out-loud funny, a fast and frequently hilarious collision of gore and gags, and a tour de force of smart, sophisticated exploitation filmmaking.

    December 4, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Though Coto demonstrates a fairly sophisticated film school technique, he is interested in his characters only as stick figures to be marched through a mechanical plot. There's no emotional connection, and without that, there can be no real suspense.

    December 4, 2018 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • Boasting a strong central performance in the title role by Larry Drake, picture is aimed at the low end of the shock audience. More care in scripting and fewer cheap yucks could have resulted in a viable new paranoid horror myth.

    March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

    Lawrence Cohn

    Variety
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  • The screenplay is stitched together from variations on cliches used by or about the medical community.

    May 20, 2003 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dr. Giggles

  • Aug 18, 2009
    Larry Drake, Holly Marie Combs, Cliff DeYoung The psychopathic son of a mass-murdering doctor, escapes from his mental institution to seek revenge on the town where his father was caught. The giggling doctor kills his victims with a surgical theme. His goal being to give one of the townfolk a heart transplant. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I was young when I first saw this movie, even then it was more of a dark comedy slasher to me. My Lil sis who I made watch it with me begs to differ. It scared her really bad. I loved every minute of it, and she screamed and shielded her eyes through most of it. Definitely a favorite of mine growing up. Although after having my youngest sister watch this movie and Dolly Dearest in the same night got me grounded for a month. =) My sister wouldn't play with any of her dolls for weeks. I'm a great older sister..=) Anyways, it's a fun slasher, and isn't to be taken very seriously. Love to see it again. My sister, not so much.. LOL..
  • Aug 10, 2009
    When I saw this as a kid, boy was I scared out of my wits! lol I would like to watch it again someday. I'll give it 3 stars for scaring me.
    Nani V Super Reviewer
  • Jul 15, 2009
    More silly slasher than horror comedy but not utterly terrible. The constant giggling is the most memorable part (except where the "Dr." forgot for a bit while on a murderous rampage). A throwback to the 80's slasher genre with even a bit of backstory as to why he kills and giggles while doing so. B-movie (or is it C?) that was worth 1 viewing if you like the April Fool's Day, Prom Night type of flick.
    Nicky M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 03, 2009
    I don't know. I guess this movie was bad. Its not scary at all, and I'm not sure if it was supposed to be. The one liners would make Freddy Kruger grown. Characters? The exposition was sloppy and repetitive. But it was far more watchable than a lot of movies of its type. Larry Drake is good, I guess. Lots of doctor jokes. And he kills a girl with a giant band aid, I guess. And he giggles a lot.
    Sean L Super Reviewer

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