The Dentist (1996)
Director: Brian Yuzna
Producer: Pierre David
Writer: Dennis Paoli, Stuart Gordon
Date Released: October 18, 1996
Corbin Bernsen as Dr. Alan Feinstone
Linda Hoffman as Brooke Feinstone
Michael Stadvec as Matt
Ken Foree as Detective Gibbs
Tony Noakes as Detective Sunshine
Molly Hagan as Jessica
Patty Toy as Karen
Rating = 1/5 Graves
***May contain some spoilers***
Alan is a successful dentist who lives in a beautiful house but his personal life is not so successful. Alan also has a lot of mental and emotional issues but when he finds out that his wife is cheating on him, he loses control of his emotions and starts to hallucinate that everything looks like filth. Even his patients start to become victims as he hallucinates that they are the people he despises. As a result, Alan’s paranoia drives him to commit a series of murders.
There are some blood and gore scenes involving the patient’s teeth. Some of the scenes are grotesque. But otherwise, there are few scenes with contain much gore.
The Grave Review
If you catch The Dentist in the middle of the film, it feels like a soap opera such as General Hospital or Touched By An Angel with a splash of blood and gore. It is hard to tell why this film is so bad. Although, it is safe to say that both the film quality and acting are substantially lacking in quality. This is one film that will be able to hold your interest.
Fortunately, the film is well paced and gets right to the point that the main character is about to lose his sanity. However, this also works against the film as there is virtually no character development. The film did not explore any of the characters, their backgrounds or motives leaving little to the storyline. What you will find is an angry doctor, a cheating wife and a playboy pool boy. Even towards the end when Alan gets caught for his vicious acts, he is placed in an institution where he is subject to torture by his wife who cheated on him. It is difficult to feel any sympathy for someone who is also at fault and in that way, the film felt thrown together without much thought.
For the foregoing reasons, Grave Reviews gives The Dentist (1996) one grave out of five graves.
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