VIDEO: Dr. Giggles (1992)

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Cecil brings us Dr. Giggles, one of the best horror comedies of all time! In this Manny Coto-directed slasher flick, Larry Drake (the mentally challenged guy from L.A. Law) is the doctor from hell! He escapes from a mental hospital to get his revenge on the local teens (most notably Charmed‘s Holly Marie Combs as the Final Girl), and kills loads of people using things like: a thermometer, a giant band-aid, and a blood pressure cuff! Get it? ‘Cause he’s a doctor!

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  • Sillstaw

    When I saw who was playing Dr. Giggles, I thought, “Hey, it’s the villain from ‘Darkman!'” (I couldn’t remember the character’s name, which Wikipedia reminded me was “Durant.”) This is probably because I have never seen an episode of “LA Law” in my life.

    • Cristiona

      My parents watched it all the time, which is how I knew about it. He may have just been avoiding type-casting, but he was damn good at playing a villain.

      • Cecil_Trachenburg

        Between this and Durant in Darkman, he should have been recognized for just how amazingly he played villains. He was just a great actor across the board.

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      I think that is why no one went to see this in the theater. Most folks knew him from LA Law only and refused to think of him as anything else.

  • Elfshotthefood

    I was always aware of this movie’s existence, but never got around to watching it. Might have to try and track it down now.

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      I left out many of his one liners (because there was a ton) so there is still plenty of enjoyment to be had.

  • CBob

    How hard was it to resist making a Band Camp joke during the saxophone scene?

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      Very hard.

  • Sofie Liv


    And all I can think about is how much I love Darkman… I don’t know whether I should roll my eyes of all of those one-liners or genuinely think they are pretty damn cool.

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      Go with the cool. His one liners are GEMS. I couldn’t fit them all because almost every bit of Drake’s spoken dialog is either a medical reference or idiom. They did their homework when they wrote the script. :)

  • Ed

    Great stuff, man. This definitely one of the better one-off slasher films. Drake is great as always, not shocking as when he’s not playing mentally challenged guys he’s playing psychos.

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      Thanks! He is one of those actors that can play just about anything. We don’t get too many of those anymore. We get…Ashton Kutcher.

  • Jeff Bradford

    I just saw your top 10 best movies of 2011, and in your worst list of them I think you should have had an honorable mention of Green Lantern. I actually wasted my hard earned money to see that piece of trash and they had the balls to phone it in so hard!

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      I disliked Green Lantern but I didn’t hate it. I think after hearing so much about how terrible it was I had my expectations so low that I was expecting Juno levels of horrible. I was tremendously sad that they screwed up one of my all time favorite super heroes. I don’t understand why they didn’t just do Kyle Rayner’s story. Instead they tried to cram a ton of Hal Jordon and GL backstory into 2 hours and ended up making a stupid mess.

      When Ryan Reynolds was first cast he was perfect to play Jordon. Unfortunately when they finally got around to making it he turned into some kind of dillweed. I miss the Reynolds from Waiting and Van Wilder, when he knew how to be funny and cool.

      Well, at least it wasn’t the Jack Black Green Lantern. (which would have been even worse by about a zillion)

      • Jeff Bradford

        Bah! Again with the Jack Black hatred! Jeez! Anyway I agree with you on Reynolds. Waiting was probably my favorite movie he did. Good stuff.

        • Cecil_Trachenburg

          Heh, well in this case it was warranted more than usual. The original screenplay was written with Black in mind. He would be playing an overweight buffoon who would accidentally receive a Green Lantern ring.

          “Jud, the loser who becomes Green Lantern by accident, wins a reality TV contest by eating coyote brains. And a couple of riffs on superhero conventions. But by and large, it’s pretty weak, and it’s hard to believe this is the work of TV Funhouse creator Robert Smigel (who also created Triumph the Insult Comic Dog and the Ambiguously Gay Duo.) For the most part, the premise, that the ring chooses a total loser who doesn’t know what he’s doing, is stretched to the breaking point — and beyond.

          And it ends with Jud, the Green Lantern, moving Earth out of the path of an oncoming yellow asteroid — causing huge natural disasters all over Earth. So Jud realizes the only way to fix things is to turn time backwards. And the only person who can do that is Superman — so Jud makes a green Superman with his ring, and Superman turns time backwards. Then Jud decides he can just have the green Superman do all the work for him from here on out.”

          Say what you will about the Green Lantern we got but this would have been even worse.

  • Would anyone else like to see a video game, where Channel Awesome Reviewers fight Agony Booth Reviewers. Yknow, like Marvel vs. Capcom? lol:)

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      I wouldn’t be against it. It would be interesting to see something like that come together.

    • Fearfanforever

      Dibs on Spoony. Punk liked the Mass Effect 3 ending.

      • Michael A. Novelli

        Not Spoony! He’s dreamy!

  • Tony

    that shot inside the mouth reminds me of the one in Jaws 3

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      lol that’s classic I remember that. It freaked me out when I was a kid seeing the guy getting chewed from inside the mouth. You know, for as silly as that movie was they did have some inventive moments. It was also tons better than 4.

  • Hey Cecil, another great review. I remembered seeing this one on video as a kid in the early 90’s, and I recall laughing quite a bit.

    Three things that stood out to me from your review:
    1) the “falling” montage was pretty funny. I wonder if she was really that clumsy or if it was an escape strategy.
    2) the “I think the sax just came” comment was the highlight for me. Very well-placed!
    3) the shoutout to gabrielle union. You have exquisite taste, sir.

    Just a quick question:
    Did Dr. Giggles kill that kid who playing the Mario game? I can’t recall, but I’m guessing he did.

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      Thank you!

      1 – I noticed it on one of the viewings. It was the only time in the movie she was that clumsy. Even later in the movie after she was revived she still didn’t fall as much. You would think that would be the time she wouldn’t be able to keep her footing!
      2 – A few people wrote to me that they liked that one. Always good to know the lines that work the best. :)
      3 – She is lovely. I’m kind of surprised she never really made it big. Bring it on is the most successful movie she had ever done but that was 12 years ago.

      Nope, he didn’t get killed in the movie or the comic book. In the movie Dr Giggles just looked at him and said “Terminal” and left him alone because the kid was oblivious. In the comic he was walking Mrs Henderson’s dog and ditched it so he could go play video games with his friends. (so he the Dr was never even near him)

  • Bart_Fargo

    What, no “red pill/blue pill” joke?

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      I thought about it but I couldn’t quite get it to work. I was going to incorporate some Matrix footage but decided to just skip it.

  • GammaRAZE

    Thanks for the great Dr. Giggles review, Cecil. It is one of my guilty pleasure films and I’m more than a little sad that this didn’t get the sequel treatment… or even better Dr. Giggles vs The Dentist. Larry Drake vs Corbin Bernsen in a L.A. Law horror alumni show down would have been one of the greatest things of all time.