The Dentist (1996)

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The Dentist (1996)

Directed By: Brian Yuzna (Return of the Living Dead III)

The Prologue
We’ll it’s the year 1996 and I’m guessing Scream had not came out yet because this film wasn’t any smarter than anything that had came out a zillion times over before it. Regardless, today I figured I’d cover in a written form the first of three movies I actually talked about on a recent Horrorphilia podcast in The Dentist.

So sit back and relax folks and take your brain out because with this little film from the 90’s you surely won’t need it.

The Movie
Dr. Feinstone has everything, a beautiful wife and a successful career in dentistry; but when he discovers his wife’s affair, he realizes that behind every clean, white surface lies the stench of decay. Having gone insane, he enacts cruel dental torture on his patients.

What you have here is a bit of an over the top horror film that dips into comedy and to spite not being anything to special I did find oddly entertaining at times, thanks to Corbin Bernsen’s role as Dr. Feinstone. The movie however doesn’t do much to make you pity anyone in this film, as while you never want to go to violence the poor Dr. Feinstone did have a cheating wife on his hands as well as a bastard from the I.R.S. breathing down his neck that all takes part in causing the man to snap.

That being said my main beef with the film (to spite the lack of gore or fake looking cavities in the mouth shots) is that you go 45 minutes into this film and all that has been killed is a dog..A DOG! You have to go nearly an hour in before your first death and by that time there isn’t much time left to hammer the rest home.

The only characters that will pull any pity in your direction in the whole film are Dr. Feinstone who may be crazy but is driven that way. And a girl in his office named Sarah who only wants her braces removed. You’ll pity her because she keeps having to get that put off, not because later there’s a crazy dentist trying to kill her.

Also if there one other thing that really hurts the over all film it’s the ending. It’s a goofy ending that makes not a lick of sense but one I suppose they for whatever reason just assumed would be best. I think had they actually re-worked the final act of the film we’d have a lot more to talk about here than we do.

The Conclusion
It’s okay if you’re just looking for some mindless fun, and by fun I mean watching Corbin Bernsen act all crazy. I don’t believe it’s anything you will want to watch again however, but you may get a kick out of it just once.

A lot more blood could have helped things here to…for the record.

The Rating (5.5/10)