Dr. Giggles (1992) Horror Movie Review
Written By: Grave Reviews Staff
Director: Manny Coto
Producer: Stuart M. Besser
Writers: Graeme Whifler, Manny Coto
Date Released: October 23, 1992
Larry Drake as Doctor Evan Rendell Jr.
Holly Marie Combs as Jennifer Campbell
Cliff DeYoung as Tom Campbell
Glenn Quinn as Max Anderson
Keith Diamond as Officer Joe Reitz
John Vickery as Dr. Chamberlain
William Dennis Hunt as Dr. Evan Rendell Sr.
Rating = 2/5 Graves
***May contain some spoilers***
Years ago, Dr. Evan R. Rendell was a physician in the town of Moorehigh. During his time, he operated on seven people, cutting out their hearts while they were still alive. While doing this, he tried to find a cure for his wife’s illness, but was cut short when a number of towns people sought out Dr. Rendell and killed him for murdering the seven people. Many years after his death, Rendell’s son known as Dr. Giggles now seeks revenge for his father’s death. Dr. Giggles is a crazed surgeon who is a patient in a mental ward. At some point, Dr. Giggles operates on Dr. Phillips, one of the staff members in the ward, in which he sadistically commences open-heart surgery causing Dr. Phillip’s death. Dr. Giggles also releases the other crazed mental patients within the ward to watch him conduct the surgery. After Dr. Giggles escape from the Ward, he begins his killing spree throughout the town of Moorehigh.
Dr. Giggles (1992) uses different medical tools to kill his victims. You will often see various ways in which he uses the tools from his medical bag and sneaks up on people, either stabbing or cutting his victims with a syringe or a thermometer. Dr. Giggles even uses a liposuction machine to kill one of his victims. The death scenes are not very graphic, but they are creative. The most grotesque scene is when an adolescent Dr. Giggles uses a syringe to cut and climb out of the stomach of his mother.
The Grave Review
Beyond the surface of this mediocre film, is a very sad story. The flashbacks of Dr. Giggles’ father, Dr. Rendell, shows that when Dr. Rendell’s wife was sick, Rendell was so sad that he replaced his sadness with laughter. As a result, Dr. Rendell instills this same quality in his son. Hence, Dr. Giggles is born. In addition, throughout the film, you can see when Dr. Giggles laughs, he is never smiling. Perhaps, laughter has replaced all of Dr. Giggle’s emotions. In this way, we appreciate the potential underlying story that could have been developed in this film.
Dr. Giggles (1992), itself is not a very captivating film. The plot is overly simplistic and the performances are not very compelling which do not add to quality of the film. However, if you are a medical buff, you may enjoy the various ways in which Dr. Giggles slays his victims.
For the foregoing reasons, Grave Reviews gives Dr. Giggles (1992) two graves out of five graves.
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