When he was a boy, Stuart Mullond’s mother held him down while his urologist Dr. Ferguson performed a medical procedure on him that was so traumatizing and humiliating that its painful memory stayed with him for decades. For his entire life, his nightmares have been haunted by the snick-snick-snick of the doctor’s scissors.
Now a divorced, unemployed adult with a troubled teenage son, Stuart is trying to hold his life together...when Dr. Ferguson suddenly shows up again. He’s not confined to nightmares anymore. He’s very real. And he is determined to perform that same horrible procedure on Stuart’s son. But all these years later, Dr. Ferguson looks exactly as he did when Stuart was a boy. And he’s kept his scissors nice and sharp ...
Garton (Sex and Violence in Hollywood) delivers his usual potent cocktail of extreme physical horror, if without the graphic sex and sly humor that redeemed 2003's The New Neighbor. The memory of a botched operation on his penis as a little boy still haunts Stuart Mullond ("Gotta make sure you can pee right, Stuart"). Worse, Dr. Furgeson, the urologist, has been reappearing mysteriously in Stuart's life, snapping those familiar scissors and threatening more surgery ("Snick-snick-snick"), even though he's a dying hulk in a nursing home. Stuart's relations with his former wife, his present companion and his young son have gone to hell, and no wonder with that scissors-toting doctor always around. Garton fans will relish a revolting Santa Claus, the removal of a heart from a living patient, dripping intestines and more.