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An extremely successful dentist goes off the deep end after he catches his wife cheating on him.

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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. Written by Jason Borchers <jasonmb@calweb.com>

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Your pain is his pleasure. (Japan VHS) See more »

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Rated R for graphic violence including scenes of dental torture, sexuality and some language | See all certifications »

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18 October 1996 (USA)  »

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O Dentista  »

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$2,500,000 (estimated)
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Brian Yuzna:  attendant who pushes Dr. Feinstone in the chair at the end of the movie. See more »

Goofs

There is a comment as to Dr. Feinstone referring to the wrong tooth on April. #31 is the Lower Right 2nd molar in the Universal Numbering System. In the FDI system #31 would be the lower left incisor. In 1996 the Universal Sytem was the one in more common use. See more »

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Detective Gibbs: [to Feinstone] You're a dentist, right?
Dr. Alan Feinstone: Yes.
Detective Gibbs: That's a little like a cop.
[smiles]
Detective Gibbs: A necessary evil.
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Open up and say AHHHHHHHH!!!
21 February 2000 | by (Ohio, USA) – See all my reviews

THE DENTIST is an uneven, but quite effective little horror comedy that tries (and succeeds) at easy audience manipulation! The universal fear of dental pain will be amplified after just one viewing of this gorefest!

Corbin Bernsen (he of L.A. LAW fame) isn't bad as Dr. Allen Feinstone, a wealthy dentist whose nympho wife is having an affair behind his back with the pool boy. He is obsessed with cleanness and despises "Decay" of all kinds, not just the molar variety, but of the human variety as well. His wife qualifies, and so do many of his obnoxious patients.

After discovering his wife's infidelity, he snaps and goes on a murderous rampage, sinking various dental instruments into victims gums, ripping out teeth with pliers and taking a dental drill to the tongue. The stand-out scene is when he crushes a woman's tooth with a drill in glorious close-up. You will cringe at all this, for sure, since the make-up FX are quite effective....but you will also find yourself laughing through most of the gore.

Since this is a biproduct of some of the twisted minds that brought us RE-ANIMATOR, the script and execution is not without touches of intentional humor. Good supporting cast, also. And terrific to see Ken Foree (Peter from DAWN OF THE DEAD) again, although he's wasted in a lame supporting role as a cop.

Score: 6 out of 10.


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