Notable cast: Larry Drake, Holly Marie Combs, Cliff De Young
Before "Scream" successfully (the term used here is debatable) revived the 80s slasher film for a new generation in 1996, there was another film that desperately tried to do the same thing using very similar tactics. This 1992 film is known as "Dr. Giggles". Blending humor and horror together in some rather awkward ways, "Dr. Giggles" used every damn slasher plot device to try and reignite the genre of film. Although the film certainly has its own style and a strong visual chic from director Coto, it's too cliche and too silly for its own good and eventually the film drowns under its own silly "homage" script.
Years ago the small town of Moorehigh found itself in the grip of fear. A doctor had been dicing up his patients looking for a heart to bring back his dead wife. The town roars up and stones the doctor to death...but his young son disappears. Fast forward to present day (that being 1992) and the evil son, now deemed Dr. Giggles (Drake) for his iconic laugh, is back and ready to give Moorehigh a taste of their own medicine. Can local teen Jennifer (Combs) along with the help of a reluctant boyfriend and new police officer stop this maniacal madman before they lose the heart to do so?
|All of the great puns are already used in this film, so this caption is DOA.|
|Cliche slasher heroine on perfect display in "Dr. Giggles".|
|Tongue in cheek and giggling the whole time.|
Written By Matt Reifschneider