Saturday, September 13, 2008

Dr. Giggles

Dr. Giggles (1992)

Rating: No
Extremely Trashy

I'm not going to degrade myself by making any weak, medical puns about this movie. I will not sink to that level.

This is a slasher film about a deranged doctor (Larry Drake) who escapes from the mental hospital to wreak bloody vengeance on the townsfolk who lynched his crazy father years before. He dispatches horny teenagers and even a few grown-ups in vaguely entertaining ways, all the while cracking stupid one-liners and giggling maniacally.

I watched this movie in early August and can't really remember that much about it. There wasn't really anything memorable about it. There were a bunch of people running around a haunted house and a carnival, and a girl with a heart condition (Holly Marie Combs).

I remember laughing at some of the modes of death, but cannot now recall what they were. The movie wasn't even exceptionally trashy. It was really just Halloween with a few other clich├ęs thrown in there.

And Larry Drake doesn't really have anything going for him. Sure, he can giggle maniacally, but he wasn't very creepy and he has no cred (okay, he played Durant in Darkman and Darkman 2: Return of Durant. He also played evil Santa in that episode of Tales From the Crypt). Surely they could've hired Jeffrey Combs. He couldn't have been that busy.

There were a few gross out bits (i.e., the little kid cutting his way out of the dead mother) but nothing that'll keep me awake at night.

Unfortunately, though this movie is really dumb, boring and crappy (I'm surprised it's not listed on IMDb as direct to video), it didn't suck enough to really get me worked up. I'm just kind of indifferent towards it.


Directed by: Manny Coto. Written by: Manny Coto and Graeme Whifler. Starring: Larry Drake, Holly Marie Combs, Cliff De Young, Glenn Quinn, Keith Diamond, Richard Bradford, Michelle Johnson, John Vickery.

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