|"I hope you're wearing protection"|
Among these issues, the script also includes a number of events that just feel highly improbable. This is either due to physical limitations or just being plain obvious. Unfortunately, with this the actors who mostly try end up coming across as quite uninteresting. Very few of them actually stand out from one another; many of them are just fodder for Dr. Giggles to perform surgery on. Though there are two cops named Joe Reitz (Keith Diamond) and Hank Magruder (Richard Bradford) who try to figure out what's going on. Sometimes they will help a character or they will help the audience understand the antagonist better. Of the teens, Holly Marie Combs is the only actor that gives any kind of defining performance. She does manage to show courage and bravery when needed. Any other teen portrayed in this film are like others seen before. Actors Sara Melson, Darin Heames, Deborah Tucker, Denise Barnes, Doug E. Doug and even the stepmother played by Michelle Johnson all have predictable dialog and development.
And although he isn't the character viewers should want to win, Larry Drake is gleefully the best part of the film. Drake as Dr. Giggles does have a pretty encouraging laugh and his ability to be creepy and funny works well in his favor. This is Drake's forte after all. He played Robert G. Durant so well in Sam Raimi's Darkman (1990) and Darkman II: The Return of Durant (1995). The horror and comedic elements are fairly good throughout. For horror, the gore or scare factor isn't too prevalent but Drake's acting is unpredictable and the kills can get inventive at times. Along with that, the kills shown are a bit skin crawling as well. For comedy, the only real parts that it has going for it are the one liners that Drake says to his patients before he kills them. It's actually surprising to hear how many doctor or hospital related jokes can be made for an hour and half. Yeah, it's corny at times and campy but it resembled very much of the tone that Freddy Krueger evolved into over time in his series.
|Holly Marie Combs|
The story has numerous cliches, occasional implausible logic and several unoriginal characters. Thankfully, Larry Drake as Dr. Giggles manages to make the viewing experience campy fun. The visual effects, gore and music are made decently enough to get something out of this early Dark Horse comic book movie.
Points Earned --> 6:10