This is not one you want to show people who are afraid of the dentist. It's a nasty little horror movie that delivers exactly what the title suggests: A psychotic dentist who does just awful things to people and their teeth. I can't believe some of the filth that goes on in this one.Picture a close-up of a dentist's drill. It's whining and screeching and spinning and it start to get real close to an open mouth full of teeth. Then imagine the drill just completely mangling and destryong said teeth. There's dust and enamel and some really upsetting sound effects. Sound like fun?
If you said yes, The Dentist is for you. If you said no, congratulations. You're sane. Corbin Bernsen takes another giant leap away from anything resembling respectability by starring as a crazy dentist who goes more than a little loony when he finds out his wife is screwing the pool guy. He mangles her face up pretty bad, and also dispatches the horny pool guy in rather graphic fashion. Then things turn real ugly.
The poor schlub, it turns out, is also being questioned by the IRS. Add that to the fact that his patients never floss AND there will probably never be a Major League 4, and what you get is one unhappy Corbin. His performance here is pretty damn funny, except that I don't think it was meant to be.
The Dentist (and its sequel, the cleverly-titled The Dentist 2) are produced by our old buddies Brian Yuzna and Stuart Gordon, who have previously entertained with stuff like Re-Animator, Castle Freak, From Beyond, and Fortress. Unfortunately, this one is too much. There's a fundamental difference between watching a person get eating by a horny monster from another dimension and watching a dentist's drill gnaw out someone's teeth. I'm not exactly sure what that difference is, but hell, I KNOW dentists, and those guys are creepy enough already!Look away when you hear the drill, and you may find something to like in this ocassionally intermittently amusing movie. Chock full of terrible dialogue, wooden performances, unknown actors, and a lot of those pathetic "murder one-liners" that seem to be so prevalent in slasher movies these days. I'd like to meet a dentist who liked this movie, so I could run away from him.