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The Dentist (1996)




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In this spoofy horror outing from veteran genre director Brian Yuzna, L.A. Law vet Corbin Bernsen plays Dr. Feinstone, an anal-retentive Beverly Hills dentist with an amusement park of an office replete with Planet Hollywood-worthy, themed exam rooms, piped-in opera music, and a crisp, efficient staff. When Feinstone finds out that his lovely wife, Brooke (Linda Hoffman), is fellating the pool boy, he becomes unhinged -- haunted by visions of filthy mouths and faithless spouses. Inviting Brooke back to the office on their anniversary and begging her to indulge him in his hobby of cleaning her teeth, Feinstone performs a little unorthodox oral surgery and soon uses his now-disfigured sweetie to lure her boyfriend into a backyard trap. Revenge doesn't cure Feinstone's homicidal urges, however, and soon his violence and sexual obsessions spill over into his practice -- especially after creepy IRS investigator Marvin Goldblum (Earl Boen) shows up for a little "I'll scratch your back, you scratch mine." Soon, patients and staff members alike are interacting with drills and laughing gas in ways they never expected. Filmed for, and originally shown on, HBO, The Dentist did not receive a U.S. theatrical release. Yuzna, Bernsen, and Hoffman reunited two years later for The Dentist II: Brace Yourself.more
Rating: R (adult situations/language, sex, violence)
Genre: Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Charles Finch, Stuart Gordon, Dennis Paoli
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 5, 2001


Corbin Bernsen
as Dr. Feinstone
Linda Hoffman
as Brooke Feinman
Earl Boen
as Marvin Goldblum
Ken Foree
as Harry Gibbs
Molly Hagan
as Jessica
Patty Toy
as Karen
Jan Hoag
as Candy
Christa Sauls
as April Reign
Tony Noakes
as Detective Sunshine
Lise Simms
as Paula Roberts
Christopher Kriesa
as Mr. Schaeffer
Joanne Baron
as Mrs. Saunders
Mark Ruffalo
as Steve Randers
Sal Viscuso
as Matthew Zeiger
Betsy Monroe
as Young Female
Brian Yuzna
as Attendant
Michael Guerin
as Student No. 1
Shanna Corinne
as Student No. 2
Michael E. Rodgers
as Nervous Patient
Diana Tash
as Opera Singer
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Critic Reviews for The Dentist

All Critics (8)

There are lots of gory in-the-mouth close-ups, showing teeth being destroyed, needles being jammed into the gums and other graphic indignities

June 15, 2007

Painful to watch, in more ways than one.

October 27, 2004
Juicy Cerebellum

Bad horror flick. Period.

August 7, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Icky slasher featuring some horrifying dental techniques.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000

July 27, 2005

July 4, 2004
F5 (Wichita, KS)

Audience Reviews for The Dentist

The Dentist is a film that brings new meaning to oral hygiene. Everyone has had a fear of their dentist when they were younger. With this film, it'll make you revisit that. Although nothing special, this is a flick that is pretty well done and has an interesting plot. Corbin Benson is well cast as Dr. Feinstone, and delivers a truly demented performance. I think the concept of the film good, but it does lack in some aspects. You can clearly see where the filmmaker's messed up and at times the film goes into tongue in cheek territory and at times become a bit silly. Near the film's conclusion, you realize that this is the type of horror flick that belongs in the so bad it's good category. Nonetheless, this is a fun little low-budget affair despite its silliness and it does succeed at freaking out the viewer. The direction by Brian Yuzna is effective at building the thrills. If you hate dentists already, then this film will definitely elevate your fear of them and make you avoid your next check up. I really enjoyed the film, and Corbin Benson is awesome in the lead role. With effective gore effects, this is one demented little horror yarn that is a bit underrated. For what it is, this film is worth seeing and does provide an entertaining hour and a half of twisted fun. I wouldn't recommend this film to people who are scared of dentists, as this film will give you more reasons to despise them. The Dentist is a surprising Slasher and despite it not being excellent, it still manages to be appealing and should be seen by fans of the genre.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

I don't like Dentist to begin with, who does. After this movie I like them even less. This is a Pretty Good Film from Lions Gate. The Sound of the Drill comes through my speakers and just sends chills up my spine. What the dentist does to those he wants out of his life will make you cringe. The instruments are enough to make you say oh H*#$ No. Its worth 3 stars and its worth a rental with friends. But to add to one's collection I think I will pass. 3 Stars

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer


This movie gets stars for intense teeth drilling scenes, but that's what you expect, and there isn't much else.

Curtis Lilly

Super Reviewer

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