Dr. Giggles (1992)
Critic Consensus: 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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Critic Reviews for Dr. Giggles
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.
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.
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.
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.
The standard horror accoutrements are here: haunted house, carnival, house of mirrors, inept cops, naive parents (De Young is Combs's father). Drake makes a feeble monster, though.
Audience Reviews for Dr. Giggles
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..
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.
Apart from the awesomely creepy laughter, this film's nothing special.
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