The Dentist (1996)

logoDirector: Brian Yuzna

Writer: Dennis Paoli, Stuart Gordon, Charles Finch (Screenplay)

Starring: Corbin Bernsen, Linda Hoffman, Michael Stadvec, Ken Foree, Tony Noakes, Molly Hagen, Patty Toy, Jan Hoag, Mark Ruffalo, Virginya Keehne, Earl Boen, Christa Sauls


Story: Doctor Alan Feinstone (Bernsen) is a successful dentist with a very successful practise, beautiful wife Brook (Hoffman) and seemingly perfect life. Things start to come crumbling down in his life after he finds out his wife is cheating on him with the pool guy Matt (Stadvec). Alan starts living each day with a mix of fantasy and revenged filled day dreams


Wife & Pool Boy
Wife & Pool Boy

Verdict: A twisted tale of how someone we have to trust can turn out to be the person we must fear the most.

Story: A seriously well assembled story that pushes limits to a character who just wants a normal life before finally breaking after realising that he cannot have it anymore. Alan reaction to what is happening is terrifying and carries the story.  (8/10)


Actor Review: Corbin Bernsen – The dentist who has been pushed to too many limits for his own good. This is a brilliant performance from Corbin who single handle carries this film to a new level a more average performance would have left it in. Star Performance Award, Scariest Character Award (10/10)


Actor Review: Ken Foree – Cop trying to figure out if it was a burglar who killed and dog before learning the truth. Routine cop performance who doesn’t know what is going on until too late. (7/10)


Actor Review: Linda Hoffman – The cheating wife who pushes Alan over the edge. Average performance as an un-loyal wife, does have some shocking torture scenes. (8/10)


Director Review:  Brian Yuzna – Does a good job creating a terrifying scenario with such a limited budget, prove you don’t need a mega budget to make something scary. (9/10)


Horror: being put in that position where you are meant to feel safe but end up being in danger can be one of the most terrifying things in life, this does this very well. (9/10)

Thriller: Sitting and waiting to see who will be his next victim and what will the dentist do to them. (8/10)

Believability: It is scary that this could happen; it doesn’t go on over time so one day a dentist could snap and do this. (8/10)

Chances Of Tears: NO (0/10)

Settings: Is meant to be a safe zone turned into a horrifying because of the Dentist actions. Turning a safe place into something scary adds something to all horrors so this is a great setting. (9/10)
Oscar Chances
: No

Chances of Sequel: There is a sequel.

Suggestion: I am always up for suggesting a smaller horror film that people may have missed. This will be one I suggest as it will satisfy enough fans of horror to get the recognition it deserves. If you have a fear of the dentist DO NOT WATCH. (Try It)


Best Part: Bernsen performance.

Worst Part: Would have been nice to see how the dentist acted before he broke.


Overall: Terrifying story that will make you question going back to the dentist again

Rating 82%

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