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Dr. Feinstone has everything, a beautiful wife and a successful career in dentistry, but, when he discovers his wife in an 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
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For the "Brooke effect", which is the horrifying aftermath of Finestone's wife after he has pulled all of her teeth out, the production needed to hire somebody who specializes in character make-ups. Steve Johnson's X/FX was high on the list, but because of his workload he wasn't able to work it into his schedule. Luckily, Christopher Allen Nelson (a Johnson alum), who had done a stunning zombie creation for Brian Yuzna's Return of the Living Dead III (1993), was available and came aboard. Chris had just come off of a horribly abusive situation working on the new "Tales from the Crypt" movie and wanted a chance to prove himself again. The catch with Chris was that he was in the process of moving back to Los Angeles from Canada. He would be able to create the effect in Canada and then fly out to apply it. This would require a lot of long-distance phone calls and a fickle shipping system that had many of the supplies trapped in customs in transit to him. See more »
As Dr. Feinstone chases Sarah around the dentistry, the position of Sarah's pin-on bib which she wears, continuously changes. See more »
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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