Pretty bad…but in a good way. It’s low budget, semi-campy, and poorly acted, but I didn’t mind watching it. If you like to watch your horror movies when the wife and kids are asleep and you have the house to yourself, The Dentist is an okay way to spend your time. Despite it’s short length, it seemed to drag at times. The gore was above average (way above average if you hate dentists already). I wouldn’t recommend it, but if you’re running out of horror movies to watch, check it out.
man, I am glad I had some “novocaine” before watching this movie or I might have gotten sick from the pain hehe. Kidding aside, this is a revenge movie that doesn’t hold back. I am sure this has been considered horrible by many people, but that is their hate of drills, needles and pliers. How can ya not like this movie? Goodness, Corbin Bernsen at his best and black and red comedy to boot! Recommended for future denture smiles and little kids who haven’t been to the dentist yet.
I always passed this over in the video store, thinking it must be dumb: a slasher movie with a dentistry gimmick. Turns out I couldn’t have been more wrong. Dentistry seems to be a natural fit for a horror movie: everybody’s afraid of going to the dentist, and the potential for pain infliction is obvious. Tooth decay as a metaphor for moral corruption is a clever and unique twist. While there’s plenty of gut-churning, “King of the Ants”-style torture, there are also some hilarious moments. Not of the smart-alecky stupid one-liner kind, but more from how the incredibly skillful direction shows the doctor coming unhinged. Corbin Bernsen’s intense burn is even better than Terry O’Quinn’s nut from “The Stepfather”, and that’s saying a lot. A lot of reviewers are pointing out the low budget, but I don’t see where that’s even an issue: the film has a definite look and style, and the cast does a fine job and has an appropriate “people next door” look. This is the movie that “Falling Down” should have been. It felt a lot longer than it really was: not because it dragged, but because it packed so much in. Needless to say, you’re going to need a strong stomach and a twisted sense to enjoy this one, but if you enjoy clever depictions of insanity and like movies that make you squirm, you’ll love this. No matter what you’ve seen in other movies, this one will get to you.