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The Dentist (1996)

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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 ... See full summary »

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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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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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$2,500,000 (estimated)
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The dead dog was actually a dead stuffed goat. They turned the head so the horns are not visible and put some fake blood on it. This was the first day of shooting and they could not find a dead look-a-like dog. See more »

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When Dr. Feinstone leaves his home and goes to work the window of his car is closed. A few seconds later when he get out of the car the window is open. See more »

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Dr. Alan Feinstone: [To Sarah] So sad... how it can only be ruined... the rest of your life can only spoil what we've made... the idea that every second they're just... rotting away. Can you live with that? I don't think you can
[pulls out a gun.]
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Lead Assistant ... Shea "Blood Guy" Clayton. See more »

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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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