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UNIVERSAL PICTURES TO RELEASE LARGO ENTERTAINMENT'S 'DR. GIGGLES'

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UNIVERSAL PICTURES TO RELEASE LARGO ENTERTAINMENT'S 'DR. GIGGLES'
 UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Aug. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Universal Pictures will distribute Largo Entertainment's "Dr. Giggles," a contemporary horror/thriller starring Larry Drake, it was announced today by Tom Pollock, chairman of the MCA Motion Picture Group, and Casey Silver, president of production for Universal Pictures. The film is set to open nationwide on Oct. 23.
 The Dark Horse Entertainment Production is directed by Manny Coto from the screenplay by Graeme Whifler and Manny Coto and the story by Graeme Whifler, produced by Stuart Besser. The film also stars Holly Marie Combs, Glenn Quinn, Cliff De Young, Michelle Johnson, Keith Diamond and Nancy Fish.
 Five-year-old Dark Horse Comics, the country's third largest comic book company, produces comics featuring both original characters and those licensed to them. Largo Entertainment has an exclusive, first-look deal with Dark Horse Comics Inc. to develop and produce features based on the company's stable of more than 50 characters and titles.
 "Dr. Giggles" is about Evan Rendell (Drake), a man who desperately wanted to be a doctor until his plans went awry, ending up as a patient instead -- at Tarawood Mental Institution. Relieving the medical staff of a white coat, black bag and their lives, Evan escapes from the institution and returns to his hometown to seek revenge on its inhabitants.
 Drake has starred in "Darkman," "The White Lions" and "The Big Brawl." He has earned two Emmy Awards for his portrayal of Benny Stulwicz, the developmentally disabled mail clerk on the hit series "L.A. Law."
 Director/screenwriter Coto has directed "Cover Up," a political thriller starring Dolph Lundgren, "Playroom," with Vincent Schiavelli and an episode of "Tales From the Crypt." After Coto studied at Loyola University in New Orleans, he won acceptance into the prestigious Director's Program at the American Film Institute. His AFI film "Jack in the Box" earned him the Focus Award. He also co- wrote the screenplay "The Ticking Man."
 Producer Besser previously produced Wes Craven's "The People Under the Stairs." He collaborated with Alan Rudolph on "Trouble in Mind," "Made in Heaven," "The Moderns," and "Love at Large," as well as Lindsay Anderson's "The Whales of August." He also served as Madonna's production manager on "Madonna -- Truth or Dare."
 The film will be released worldwide by Universal Pictures, except in Japan and Italy where Largo has separate output arrangements with JVC Victor Co. of Japan Ltd. and Penta Films respectively.
 "Dr. Giggles" was filmed on location in Portland, Ore., including the lush residential district of Eastmoreland and the amusement park in Portland's historic Oaks Park.
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