Dr. Giggles

1992

Dr. Giggles

Critics Consensus

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

17%

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Total Count: 29

41%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 10,054
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Movie Info

After his father killed off a bunch of the local townsfolk, Evan Rendell (Larry Drake) grows up to become an unstable adult, nicknamed "Dr. Giggles" because believes he is a medical doctor. When Evan escapes from the mental institution he was imprisoned in, he travels back to his home town, posing as a true doctor, and begins to kill off the unsuspecting local residents.

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Cast

Larry Drake
as Dr. Evan Rendell
Holly Marie Combs
as Jennifer Campbell
John Vickery
as Dr. Chamberlain
Nancy Fish
as Elaine Henderson
Doug E. Doug
as Trotter
Patrick Cronin
as Sheriff Harper
Joshua Nielsen
as Danny Atchley
William Dennis Hunt
as Evan's Father
William Earl Ray
as Psychiatrist
William Hunt
as Evan's Father
Todd Tolces
as 1st Security Guard
Mario DePriest
as 1st Orderly
Jerry Counsil
as 1st Surgeon
Mark C. Vincent
as 2nd Surgeon
Britt Magnuson
as 1st Nurse
Annie Wanberg
as 2nd Nurse
Russ Fast
as Anesthesiologist
Troy Barron
as Young Magruder
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Critic Reviews for Dr. Giggles

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (7)

  • 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.

    Dec 4, 2018 | Rating: D- | 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.

    Dec 4, 2018 | 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.

    Dec 4, 2018 | Rating: 1/4 | 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.

    Dec 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.

    Mar 26, 2009 | Full Review…

    Lawrence Cohn

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • 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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