Frank Oz's cinematic masterpiece of the stage play. Love the movie/musical, HATE the nitrous-oxide, motorcycle riding, sado-masochistic Steve Martin dentist character, Orin Scrivello, DDS! Made me fear dentists even more than I did before watching this film! Bill Murray's pain loving submissive patient, Mr. Denton is a stitch! CAAAAAANDY BAAAAAR! Whoa hoo, Caaaandy Bar! Rick Moranis & Ellen Green are wonderful as Seymour & Audrey!
See the full review, "Frank Oz & Roger Corman-A Fabulous Musical With TONS OF SURPRISE CAMEOS!".
Although, a very small dentist role in this film, (as it revolves around the DDS's murder) still, Joe Mantagna plays the role of lecherous Dr. Bruce Fleckstein, DDS with gusto, until a patient stabs and kills him with his own dental instrument! With Susan Sarandon...
Horror director, Brian Yuzna's gorefest with LA Law's Arnie Becker/Corbin Bernsen as Dr. Feinstone who, among cheating the government has a cheating wife whom he catches inflagrante delicto with the poolboy. He looses it, kills the adulterous couple and then starts slowly torturing and killing his patients, berating them while doing so. With lines like, "I am an instrument of perfection and hygiene. The enemy are decay and corruption. I am a dentist and I have a lot to do" and " Pain is an abstract emotion!". There is also a sequel The Dentist 2: Brace Yourself... Which is, to say, regular A list film sequels RARELY meet, let alone exceed first installments. Even though this film didn't have very far to go in that respect, you have to take in account that "The Dentist" is - #1. a B movie and #2. poorly written, acted and directed. So "The Dentist Part 2..." DOES indeed, exceed the first on cheesiness, schlockiness, and overall so bad it's GOODNESS.
Another Steve Martin repressed dentist film. This is a film noir/black comedy/suspense thriller. A total cross-genre movie. Thus, it never really "found" an audience. Odd movie with Martin like you have never seen him before. Helena Bonham-Carter, Laura Dern & Kevin Bacon also appear.
Who could forget the Santa's little helper- the repressed Hermie, elf turned dentist in Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer & The Island Of Misfit Toys? A quote - King Moonracer: Don't tell me I need a root canal. Hermey: You need a root canal. King Moonracer: I asked you not to tell me that.
Honestly, I have saved the best movie for last - Marathon Man. Who can forget the excruciating scene with Dustin Hoffman and Sir Laurence Olivier's Nazi-drill-wielding, Dr. Christian (HA HA, what a name!) Szell. IS IT SAFE? IS IT SAFE?.... I think NOT!
For a sick and twisted kids game try Crocodile Dentist, What was Hasbro thinking? This is like a cross between Milton Bradley's classic game, Operation and Steve Irwin, The Crocodile Hunter. (R.I.P., Steve) What a pleasant childhood combination. What a sick and twisted game this IS! What happened to the passive, fat, happy but very popular Hungry Hungry Hippos? HUH? Now... SPIT!!!