Always been afraid of going to the doctor? Well, just be glad you don’t have an appointment with one of these board-certified nut jobs in sadomasochism!
Most popular from the 80s to the mid-90s, medical horror brought about a campy, yet grotesque, sub-genre of slasher flicks that put a new spin on the term “gross anatomy.”
The Surgeon (1995)
Dr. Julian Matar (Sean Haberle) escapes from the asylum where he’d been admitted following the revocation of his license for conducting illegal experimental surgery of cellular regeneration on terminal patients. But this time he seeks revenge on the hospital staff that exposed his medical misconduct and tarnished his profesonal career forever.
Dr. Giggles (1992)
The mad-doctor trait runs in the family as Dr. Evan Rendell (Larry Drake) escapes from a mental institution (a bit of a theme going on here) only to return to his hometown to conduct his own special “surgery” on the town’s inhabitants who incapacitated his father from medical practice years ago… giggling the whole way through.
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The Dentist (1996)
After witnesng his wife commit adultery on their anniversary, Dr. Alan Feinstone (Corbin Bernsen) becomes a deluonal mess, inflicting an “unconventional” type of practice upon his patients, ultimately reeling his wife in to the office for a new method of extraction. Check out small roles from Ken Foree and Mark Ruffalo. Followed by a sequel: The Dentist 2: Brace Yourself (1998).
Dead Ringers (1988)
A pair of twin brothers, who act as one gynecologist at their practice, takes advantage of their identical genes deceiving patients with their unprofesonal antics. That is until one of the twins start falling for a patient, subsequently letting the cat of out the bag and tearing apart their brotherly love. A film added to David Cronenberg’s resume.
The granddaddy of all medical horror flicks follows medical student Herbert West applying his breakthrough of a reagent by injecting it into the deceased and bringing them life once again. Only this time, their personalities are a tad different from their first stint of life. Followed by two sequels: Bride of Re-Animator (1989) and Beyond Re-Animator (2003).
Also check out Body Parts (1991) and Viting Hours (1982).