The Dentist (1996)

R  |   |  Horror, Thriller  |  18 October 1996 (USA)
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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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Tony Noakes ...
Virginya Keehne ...
Paula Roberts (as Lise Simms)
Brian McLaughlin ...


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 Jason Borchers <>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

18 October 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Dentista  »

Box Office


$2,500,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Stuart Gordon was originally set to direct (and retains a writing credit) before Brian Yuzna took over. See more »


(at around 1h 19 mins) When Dr. Feinstone is struggling to get Sarah, and Mr. Goldblum starts to attack Feinstone, the position of Karen's head changes. See more »


Candy: [To Sarah] Just go on back and let him know you're next.
Sarah: Okay!
Marvin Goldblum: Hi, remember me?
[puts money into Sarah's hand]
Marvin Goldblum: I'm next.
Candy: She's been waiting an awfully long time already.
Sarah: Yeah, two years and one day!
Marvin Goldblum: Kid, you'll understand. See, Dr. Feinstone can't keep me waiting. It's in his own interest. Or.. do we start the audit now?
Candy: Look Mr. Goldblum.... I...
[To Sarah]
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Crazy Credits

Lead Assistant ... Shea "Blood Guy" Clayton. See more »


References Bloodsucking Freaks (1976) See more »


Vissi d'arte, vissi d'amore
from "Tosca"
Music by Giacomo Puccini
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User Reviews

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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