Dr. Giggles
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Dr. Giggles

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Director: Manny Coto, Larry Drake, Holly Marie Combs, Cliff De Young

Cast: Manny Coto, Larry Drake, Holly Marie Combs, Cliff De Young

     
 
Warner Brothers has assembled a solid if frill-free disc for this horror catalog favorite. This disc of Dr. Giggles benefits from a handsome looking anamorphic transfer that offers rich black levels, strong colors and plenty of vivid detail. It's interesting to note that the screen ratio for this transfer is approximately 1.78:1 as opposed to the 2.35:1 ratio

Overview

Warner Brothers has assembled a solid if frill-free disc for this horror catalog favorite. This disc of Dr. Giggles benefits from a handsome looking anamorphic transfer that offers rich black levels, strong colors and plenty of vivid detail. It's interesting to note that the screen ratio for this transfer is approximately 1.78:1 as opposed to the 2.35:1 ratio of the original theatrical release. That said, Dr. Giggles was shot in Super-35 so this means that the viewer is actually getting more picture information on top and bottom and losing nothing on the sides.. The Dolby 2.0 stereo mix isn't as active as a modern mix but it delivers a clear blend of sounds. Sadly, there are no extras to speak of and, like a lot of films from Warner Brothers' "Twisted Terror" collection, it doesn't even have a chapter menu. Thus, the lack of features is disappointing but this still a quality transfer and well worth the time for fans of the film.

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This morbidly funny horror film riffs on both the slasher and mad doctor subgenres at once and does a surprisingly good job at achieving this dual purpose. Simply put, Dr. Giggles works because it hits the right blend of chills and laughs. The smart, inventive script never allows either element to shortchange the other: Dr. Giggles' backstory works in a touch of pathos to offset his frequent one-liners and the finale offers up a number of situations and images that are shocking and witty all at once (like a waiting room packed with the doctor's dead victims). Manny Coto's direction maintains the humor/horror balance with confidence, allowing it to be a horror film with a sense of humor instead of a self-parody. He clearly loves the genre and that love shows itself in several taut setpieces: the best moments are a disorienting, surreal chase through a carnival's hall of mirrors and a creepy flashback that reveals how the young Dr. Giggles escaped from certain doom as a young boy. His work in these moments is supported nicely by the slick cinematography of Rob Draper and a likeably old-fashioned horror film score from Brian May. Dr. Giggles further benefits from strong performances: Holly Marie Combs brings the right level of vulnerability to her heroine role and Keith Diamond's performance makes his character the rare cop hero in a slasher film that fans will actually want to cheer on. That said, top honors must go to Larry Drake, whose sly, deadpan turn in the title role manages to make his character amusing without ever sacrificing its potential for creepiness (he sells each of his character's one-liners in a way that is likely to make the viewer smile and grimace all at once). To sum up, Dr. Giggles is a sly blend of horror and comedy that is likely to entertain genre fans who can see wit in the macabre.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/25/2007
UPC:
0085391159476
Original Release:
1992
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:35:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Larry Drake Dr. Evan Rendell
Holly Marie Combs Jennifer Campbell
Cliff De Young Tom Campbell
Glenn Quinn Max Anderson
Keith Diamond Officer Joe Rietz
Richard Bradford Officer Hank Magruder
Michelle Johnson Tamara
John Vickery Dr. Chamberlain
Nancy Fish Elaine Henderson
Sara Melson Coreen
Zoe Trilling Normi
Darin Heames Stu
Deborah Tucker Dianne
Doug E. Doug Trotter
Denise Barnes Leigh
Britt Magnuson 1st Nurse
Nicholas Mastrandea Young Evan
Karen Rea Actor
Annie Wanberg 2nd Nurse
Patrick Cronin Sheriff Harper
Joshua Nielsen Danny Atchley
William Hunt Evan's Father
William Earl Ray Psychiatrist
Danny Perkin Specks
Pieter Dawson Doctor
Todd Tolces 1st Security Guard
Mario de Priest 1st Orderly
Jerry Counsil 1st Surgeon
Russ Fast Anesthesiologist
Troy Barron Young Magruder
Marianne Doherty O.R. Nurse
Mark C. Vincent 2nd Surgeon

Technical Credits
Manny Coto Director,Screenwriter
Stuart M. Besser Producer
Sandra Culotta Costumes/Costume Designer
E. Larry Day Makeup Special Effects
Robert Draper Cinematographer
Alan Locke Art Director
Bill Malley Production Designer
Brian May Score Composer
Debra Neil Editor
Mike Richardson Co-producer
James T. Roe Producer
Jack Roe Executive Producer
Graeme Whifler Screenwriter

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Dr. Giggles 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ok this movie will have the childern not wanting to go to the doctor so hope nobody gets sick i thought The Denist was a scary movie but Dr Giggles is a crazy psycho doctor that nobody likes so a young girl Jennifer will give her heart away to the nutty doctor but Jennifer sees how crazy Dr Giggles is even the way he giggles Time for your medicne says Giggles this movie is pretty scary not good for a young child to watch if the kid watches it he or she will never want to step foot into a doctor's office like they say an apple a day keeps the doctor away so try not to get ill!!!