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directed by Manny Coto
USA 1992

 

Dr. Evan Rendell (Larry Drake) has been performing grisly experiments on people in his neighborhood trying to cure his dying wife. When the locals stone the doctor doctor, his son is saved by being sewn into his mother's corpse. After an extended stay in the nuthouse, Evan Jr. (also Larry Drake) follows in his father's footsteps and begins gorily killing the friends and love ones of young Jennifer (Holly Marie Combs) who needs a heart valve replaced and must avoid stress, caffeine, and alcohol. Meanwhile, Dr. Giggles has re-opened his father's basement operating room and taken a special interest in Jennifer. Fairly gory but not as funny as it wants to be, DR. GIGGLES may be a film that could be improved by a remake in these days of lenient theatrical R-ratings and unrated DVDs since Freddy-esque limp one-liners are more expected than original ones and excessive gore is more the raison d'etre. Director Coto manages some arty bits (the hall of mirrors sequence) but the film is too scattered. It starts out simply and seems it will be a stalk-and-slashing of partying teens in the doctor's old house but after getting rid of the film's two black characters, it moves to a carnival and its hall of mirrors, various neighborhood houses to provide more victim fodder, the police station (two policemen introduced about half way into the film move the plot along more than the main characters), and finally to the usual endless corridors and dark supply closets of the local hospital. Horror fans might only seek this one out of nostalgia for the era of its production just before similarly run-of-the-mill productions would be automatically direct-to-video bound.

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: 23 October 1992 (USA)

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video (Twisted Terror Collection) - Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas for the Review!

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Also available in the Twisted Terror Collection (Deadly Friend / Dr. Giggles / Eyes of a Stranger / From Beyond the Grave / The Hand / Someone's Watching Me - see REVIEWS and individual purchase links directly below.)

        

Distribution

Warner Home Video

Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC

Runtime 1:34:33
Video

1.78:1 Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.55 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
Subtitles English, French, Spanish, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• none

DVD Release Date: 25 September 2007
Amaray

Chapters 9

 

Comments

Although the OAR is 2.35:1 (theatrical release company Universal's laserdisc was 2.25:1 according to a Video Watchdog review of the 1993 disc), Warner's DVD of DR. GIGGLES presents the film in an anamorphic 1.78:1, progressive, single-layer transfer (the film was shot in Super 35mm so the transfer is opened up although Warner's usual letterboxing disclaimer claims a scope ratio; the film looks better matted at 2.21:1 than 2.35:1).

Audio is only available in English (a detailed 2.0 surround mix) but there are subtitles in English, French, and Spanish. There are no extras, not even a trailer (but any P.R. materials there may be for the film may still reside with Universal who released the film theatrically).

 - Eric Cotenas

 


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CLICK to order from:

 

 

Also available in the Twisted Terror Collection (Deadly Friend / Dr. Giggles / Eyes of a Stranger / From Beyond the Grave / The Hand / Someone's Watching Me - see REVIEWS and individual purchase links directly below.)

        

Distribution

Warner Home Video

Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC




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