Movie Review: Dr. Giggles (1992)

Synopsis: In 1957, Dr. Evan Rendall started killing his patients in a desperate attempt to find a replacement heart for his sick wife and was ultimately stoned to death. Thirty-five years later, his son, Evan, Jr., who believes he is also a doctor, escapes a mental hospital and returns to his hometown to seek revenge.

Who's in it? The movie stars Larry Drake, Holly Marie Combs, Cliff De Young, Glenn Quinn and Keith Diamond.

Review: I came across this film on one of my movie channels a couple days ago and, since I know my wife enjoyed it when she was younger, added it to our list. We watched it last night and, overall, I thought it was a decent film.

I think the thing I liked most about this film was the way the filmmakers kept the plot simple. Many horror movies try to over complicate things with drawn-out backstories and tons of filler material. This film focused primarily on the action, offering basic introductions of the main characters and filling in the details about Dr. Giggles' (Drake) past as it went. Also, unlike many other films in this genre, it didn't try to kill time with gratuitous sex scenes.

I also liked how this movie kept the blood and gore to a reasonable level. Yes, there are one or two scenes (including the revelation about how he escaped as a child) that were a bit on the gross side but nothing that made the movie seem too fake. I have always found horror movies are a lot better when they don't put as much emphasis on blood and guts.

Another thing I found about this movie is the main protagonist (Combs) was somewhat likable without being too perfect. In other words, she was flawed but still a decent person overall, much better than some of the other horror films I've watched recently that had victims who were so unlikable, the bad guy seemed like the hero. It's hard to be scared when you like the bad guy more

Final Opinion: While not the best slasher movie I've seen, this ended up being one of the better ones I've watched recently and one I would recommend.

My Grade: B+


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