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Jumping fairly late on the slasher-movie bandwagon, this stylish but hollow effort from director Manny Coto stars Manny Coto's Larry Drake as the psychopathic Evan Rendell, who fancies himself a misunderstood medical genius. In an inventive opening scene, Rendell performs a bit of impromptu surgery on his keepers at the asylum (who had given him the title nickname due to his fits of nervous laughter) and escapes to his hometown to set up his "practice." This medical mania seems to run in the family, as we are shown in flashback: Evan's daddy once butchered several local women in his search for a replacement heart for his wife, and although he was unable to save her, Pops managed to spirit away young Evan and keep him safe (in a very, very nasty hiding place) before being lynched by the locals. Hiding out in the abandoned family home, "Dr. Giggles" begins a random killing spree in town with his bag of medieval-looking surgical instruments... but he finds new purpose when he sees the medical records of young Jennifer (Holly Marie Combs), who is in line for a heart transplant, and vows to "cure" her himself. This film eschews the possibilities of its demented premise, choosing instead to serve up a flavorless hash of '80s slasher clichés (wisecracking killer, stupid teenage victims, virginal heroine, 20-years-later motif, etc.). The only truly inspired moment occurs in flashback, when we discover the actual hiding place the elder Dr. Rendell chose for his son. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi

  • Release date:October 23, 1992

Cast

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

Crew

Manny Coto
Director
Stuart M. Besser
Producer
James T. Roe III
Producer
Graeme Whifler
Screenwriter
Manny Coto
Screenwriter
Robert Draper
Cinematographer
Brian May
Composer (Music Score)
Bill Malley
Production Designer
Mike Richardson
Co-producer
Jack Roe
Executive Producer
Sandra Culotta
Costume Designer
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