Posts Tagged ‘1996 Horror’

The Frighteners – 8

January 18, 2015 Leave a comment

Director – Peter Jackson

Cast – Michael J. Fox, Trini Alvarado, Peter Dobson, John Astin, Jeffrey Combs, Dee Wallace, Jake Busey, Chi McBride, Jim Fyfe, Troy Evans, Julianna McCarthy, R. Lee Ermey, Elizabeth Hawthorne

Release Year – 1996

Reviewed by John of the Dead

Horror consumes my life, but even then I have not seen every major horror film there is. The Frighteners is the most recent notable effort to be remove from such a list, and it was as good as I expected it to be. Michael J. Fox stars as Frank Bannister, a man who attained a unique ability to speak to the dead after the sudden death of his wife. Frank does not use his abilities lightly though, and has since become a con man who employs spirits to haunt unsuspecting / potential “customers” and leave them no choice but to call him to remove the “evil” presence. However, when a real demonic spirit invades the town and starts killing at will, Frank becomes the only hope in saving the living from the dead.

The story kicks off right away and gives you the impression that this is going to be a really scary movie, then you realize you are being fooled just like Frank’s “haunted” customers. It is then that you realize this flick is going to be more “fun” than scary, which I expected because over the years I never heard this film referred to as scary. The first act is highly comedic, with fun characters and consistent jokes for you to enjoy. These jokes come from both Frank Bannister as well as his restless undead companions, each with their own unique personality. Nearly all of the main characters was colorful in their own right, with FBI Special Agent Milton Dammers taking the cake as the most outlandish. He was written superbly awesome, in the weirdest of ways, and left me laughing in my seat on several occassions. During the second act the kills begin to hit the screen, with a Grim Reaper-esque being delivering death via squeezing the life out of his victim’s heart. Frank’s unique abilities allow him to see, in sequential order, who the demon’s next victim will be, but only moments before they are to be taken from this world. This gives him little time to save the person’s life, or even convince them that they are in danger, which of course increases the conflict and tension. A fair amount of kills are written into the film and paced at just the right times, but don’t expect much when it comes to gore. There is ONE kill that will leave gorehounds happy, which was added when the filmmakers realized they were going to be tagged with an R-rating with or without the kill. When the third act hits we are provided a unique development where Frank goes through a drastic measure to make himself closer to the demon. This was done because he was powerless beforehand, but now he can fight. Jackson and his longtime co-writer Fran Walsh include constant developments over what is going on behind the killings, and while not overly shocking I did find the revelations towards the end of the film enjoyable.

Jackson’s direction is as good as his writing, although if you are expecting this to be like his previous horror flicks, Bad Taste and Dead Alive, you are in for a rude surprise. He sets the fun tone early on with great performances from Michael J. Fox and his ghastly companions, however horror legend Jeffrey Combes steals the show as Milton Dammers. It was incredible to see Combes deliver such an odd yet wonderfully executed performance unlike any you have seen in his filmography. Several other notables provide supporting roles, like R. Lee Ermy, Jake Busey, and another horror legend – Dee Wallace. Jackson’s horror was good, and while not scary it definitely kept me entertained. I enjoyed the look of the antagonist and the kill sequences, while tame on the surface (heart attack via a squeezed heart) were executed in strong fashion. Sadly, the antagonist and everything that has to do with him comes via CGI effects, which naturally lessens the severity. The CGI was not terrible, but it was not good either. With Jurassic Park debuting a few years earlier it is obvious that good technology was out there, but it was not in The Frighteners. Thankfully, there is so much more going on in the film that you learn to forgive it for the CGI blasphemy. Just look at Peter Jackson’s works since then, his Hobbit trilogies are nothing without computer-generated imagery.

Overall, The Frighteners is a great 90s film that provides a fun story with great execution from one of the genre’s masters who has sadly refrained from returning. You won’t find many scares here, but this is a flick that you can enjoy with a group of friends.

Rating: 8/10

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Jeffrey Combs


Pinocchio’s Revenge – 4

Director – Kevin Tenney

Cast – Candace McKenzie, Lewis Van Bergen, Ivan Gueron, Thomas Wagner, Rosalind Allen, Brittany Alyse Smith, Ron Canada

Release Year – 1996

Reviewed by John of the Dead

If you know me then you know that inanimate horror is one of my absolute favorite horror sub-genres, and that brings me back to a film I rented when I was about 11 years old…Pinocchio’s Revenge. Now 17 years later I am revisiting this “laughable” piece and naturally finding it less enjoyable than it was when I was young and stupider. This experience was a tough one because it takes so darn long for the good stuff to hit the screen, and that will most likely turn off most of its viewers. Pinocchio’s Revenge is not a horrible film in my eyes and it does get a few things right, but there sure are a lot of wrongs.

Defense attorney Jennifer Garrick is doing everything in her legal power to save her client, a serial killer who claims his Pinocchio doll killed his children. She makes the mistake of bringing the doll home, where her daughter takes a liking to Pinocchio and strange accidents begin to happen.

Right from the get-go you will notice that this is a very low budget film, and the lack of budget may have something to do with how slow this story moves. For the extreme majority of the film we are teased with Pinocchio action, never giving us anything good and merely showing us a motionless doll that appears to move on his own offscreen. After 56 minutes of waiting the horror intensifies when Pinocchio finally speaks, and he finally begins to move around a little over an hour into the film. Sometimes I like long development and sometimes I don’t, and in this case I was very disappointed at how it took for the horror to develop. Little was offered to keep the viewer engaged during the long development and while the horror afterwards was decent it never made up for the damage done – especially when you consider the minuscule amount of kills the story provides.

Kevin Tenney’s direction did little to aid the story and his poor execution had a negative effect. The look and feel of the flick is that of a low budget 90s experience, with decent sets, poor acting performances, and sadly…poor execution of everything involving Pinocchio. I really disliked seeing Pinocchio speak without moving his lips. Instead we are forced to endure a cheesy voiceover for his dialogue. Eventually he does begin to move his mouth, via claymation, and that is when things finally picked up. It was cool seeing him move around and torment the Garrick household, but with the lack of kills and short-lived third act the horror does not improve on the rest of the film.

Overall, Pinocchio’s Revenge is a cheesy flick that may interest those who enjoy inanimate horror, but be forewarned that the horror takes way too long to develop and is gone too soon.

Rating: 4/10

Thinner – 7

September 2, 2012 2 comments

Director – Tom Holland

Cast – Robert John Burke, Joe Mantegna, Lucinda Jenney, Michael Constantine, Kari Wuhrer, Bethany Joy Lenz, Time Winters, Howard Erskine, Jeff Ware, Terence Kava

Release Year – 1996

Reviewed by John of the Dead

I remember seeing this movie when I was 13 or so, and I can honestly say that I had not seen the film since then until I viewed it the other day…13 years later. Aside from the main character getting thinner and thinner as the film went on I could not remember anything else about the story, but I quickly found joy in it once things got going. Based on a Stephen King short story, you can expect some of the usual elements provided in Stephen King’s tales, and thankfully this story comes with good execution as well. Thinner won’t win any awards and it may not be talked about 50 years from now, but it provided the goods and did so with pleasing results.

Billy Halleck is a very fat and pretty successful lawyer who was recently victorious in defending a mafia boss in court. While celebrating his victory he runs over an old gypsy woman, but Halleck avoids jail time thanks to a corrupt judge and police captain. Despite his recent victories in court Halleck will soon learn that his success will come at a “heavy” price when the gypsy woman’s father puts a curse on him to get “thinner”. Billy takes his sudden weight loss as sign of his life improving, but when his weight loss increases exponentially he realizes he has little time to undo the curse before he wastes away.

This story comes adapted by the talented Michael McDowell (The Nightmare Before Christmas, Beetlejuice, Tales from the Darkside: The Movie, “Tales From the Darkside” TV series) and director Tom Holland, and their writing talent shows. From the get-go we are thrown into the privileged and successful life of the modest Billy Halleck, with his young daughter and attractive wife showing that a 300 pound man can find love and happiness…especially when he is a rich lawyer. We see his seemingly perfect life only hindered by his extreme weight and lack of physical ability, but that soon changes when he denies justice to the gypsy woman’s family when he was obviously at fault for her death. Watching him enjoy his life even more as he continuously drops 3 pounds a day was great, especially when you know his joy will eventually turn to fear as the film progresses. Sure enough, when his weight loss began to scare him and those around him the fear kicked in, and it played into his emotions and attitudes towards his loved ones as well. We watch him break down and eventually devise a plan to confront the gypsy man who cursed him and have it reversed, but that will not be an easy task so he calls on an old “friend” to lend him a hand…and an under-folding AK47. I am glad that the writers took their time in developing this 92 minute piece, which felt much longer than 92 minutes but never dragged and kept me engaged throughout. Of course, any Stephen King adaptation would not be right without a climax heavy in dread, and while it was not 100% true to King’s original climax I did enjoy this evil rewritten one.

Director Tom Holland (Fright Night, Child’s Play) was fantastic in his execution of this piece, giving us enjoyable visuals and keeping the feeling of dread at a high throughout the appropriate parts of the film. I was surprisedat how much horror was shown in this piece, and I really did not remember the film containing all of the live-action horror that was provided. The effects used were fantastic as we watch Billy slowly waste away throughout the film, as well as some awesome effects for the other poor souls cursed by the gypsy man. The acting performances were good enough although a bit cheesy at times, but for a 90s film without a supreme budget I found it appropriate. Thinner marks the last full-length directoral effort of Tom Holland, a man with much talent that I wish would return to the genre someday.

Overall, Thinner is a positive adaptation of Stephen King’s short story that gives us an engaging experience thanks to a cool and creepy story. The direction is good and managed to keep me interested throughout the 92 minute experience thanks to awesome execution of the story, actors, and of course, the horror.

Rating: 7/10

Tesis(Thesis) – 8

Director – Alejandro Amenábar

Cast – Ana Torrent, Fele Martínez, Eduardo Noriega, Xabier Elorriaga, Miguel Picazo, Nieves Herranz, Rosa Campillo

Release Year – 1996

Reviewed by John of the Dead

Tesis is a film that I really wanted to see after reading nothing but constant positive reviews, and after finally viewing this piece I can say that it is worth all of the praise it has received. Giving us a sweet and well-crafted horror/mystery/thriller tale that comes with great execution, this low-budget effort makes for one of the best under-the-radar 90s films there is and a darn good watch for all horror fans.

Angela Marquez(Ana Torrent; The Haunting – 2009), a graduate film student whose thesis is on the media’s obsession with violence, finds herself in a violent web of lies and deceit when she uncovers a snuff film that not only involves her professor’s murder but the killings of several students who have gone missing over the years. When the film implicates several of her cohorts she enlists the help of a creepy classmate to help her solve the murders, but even he cannot be trusted in this deadly cat-and-mouse game.

The debut film of writer/director Alejandro Amenabar(The Others), it is obvious the man had talent when he broke onto the horror scene with this one. The storyline is what really sells the film, giving us a well-crafted tale somewhat reminiscent of 8mm but much better. I loved the idea of a graduate student trying desperately to complete her thesis on a subject that she finds out she does not have the stomach for, especially when she comes across the snuff film tied to the mysterious death of her professor and after a little investigation – the deaths of fellow coeds at her university. This two hour long tale brings us numerous developments that kept me engaged throughout, expertly delivering a solid mystery element whose twists and turns were predictable at times but nonetheless enjoyable and well-executed. We get plenty of tension thrown into this story thanks to how well the numerous characters are used, with each of them coming off as trustworthy to Angela until she uncovers unsettling information regarding each of them, leaving her to constantly watch her back while working with someone to catch a killer who could be himself the person that she is looking for. Each of the characters involved provides well for the film, with none of them being useless despite some attaining more prevalent runtime than others. I could go on about how great and interesting this storyline is, but spoilers will arise and you will hate me more than you already do.

Amenabar’s direction in this piece is fantastic, especially when you consider just how little he had to work with. With a shoestring budget he was able to provide great atmosphere and positive sets that were each used to full potential in delivering good horror and tension, and his overall execution proved that you do not need a strong budget to deliver a good watch, just will and creativity. He gets mostly-positive performances from the actors involved, and his camerawork provides for good tension that I found surprisingly well-done for a film with a high thriller element. The pacing is very well for a film lasting a solid two hours, which plays directly in part to engaging direction and a well-crafted screenplay.

Overall, Tesis is a great Spanish horror film that gives us a truly unique story focusing on a sub-genre we rarely see used – snuff films. Constantly bombarded with developmental twists and turns, this storyline and subsequent screenplay is fantastic and comes complimented by great direction that makes for one of the best and most under-appreciated horror films of the 1990s.

Rating: 8/10

Tremors 2: Aftershocks – 6

Director – S. S. Wilson

Cast – Fred Ward, Christopher Gartin, Helen Shaver, Michael Gross, Marcelo Tubert, Marco Hernandez, José Ramón Rosario

Release Year – 1996

Reviewed by John of the Dead

With Tremors being one of my favorite horror films of all time, I remember being excited when I first saw this DTV sequel as a youngster, and I remember enjoying it as well. Much like Tremors, over a decade (around 15 years) passed since my last viewing of this effort, and while I seem to have enjoyed it a bit more during my younger days I still see this as a mostly-positive sequel to the famed original. Yeah so the execution is a bit sillier and it is nowhere near as creepy or scary as the original, but Tremors 2: Aftershocks continues the saga with unique ideas and does much for the fans in staying true to story and bringing back some worthwhile characters.

When an army of graboids attack and threaten the large Petromaya oil refinery in Mexico, its owners call on the now finacially defunct graboid hunter Earl Basset(Fred Ward) to rid their land of the graboids for $50,000 a head, an offer that Earl reluctantly cannot afford to refuse. Paired with a young sidekick, Grady, and stocked with weapons afforded by the Mexican army, Earl and Grady have the time of their lives blowing the graboids to smithereens, but when the graboids adapt and put the two in much more extreme danger, Earl calls on an old “gun crazy” friend to save them.

If you enjoyed the first Tremors effort then chances are you will enjoy this one as well. There are some big differences between the two films, which most come regarding the “feel” of this flick given it went straight-to-video and obviously comes with a much lower budget because of that.

Tremors writers Brent Maddock and S. S. Wilson return to pen the screenplay, which I found to be a great benefit for this film given they were obviously inclined to keep the film true to the original story, and they did just that. Obviously, for a direct sequel to the original effort they needed to employ one (if not, both) of the original characters, Valentine and Earl, and with Kevin Bacon not making a return they went with the equally enjoyable Earl to keep this franchise alive. I enjoyed the idea of the graboids heading further south and forcing a foreign country to enlist the help of the broke and lonesome Earl, who squandered his original earnings for his graboid killing fame. His character was used very well in moving the story, providing for good comic relief, and some great feel-good moments as well thanks to how damn likable they made him, much to the credit of actor Fred Ward. Our other characters involved added positively to the film, even if their sole purpose was to be killed off in mysteriously awesome fashion, heh. As expected, Maddock and Wilson played on the awesomeness of their original story by bringing back Bert Gummer, the gun crazy lead slinging maniac who’s personality is bigger than the .50 BMG rifle he brings along with him and the gory carnage resulting from it. As far as the graboids go we get thrown into the action pretty early, which was a nice touch given the crazy development thrown in around the film’s halfway mark. The graboids have adapted to a newer species (Shrieker) that is smaller, can walk on land, and is just as deadly as their giant evolutionary predecessors. This was a great twist that kept things fresh and interesting, and while I did miss the absence of the graboids I guess it was time for us to let go and move on. :sniff sniff: The introduction of this new species made for a change in killing tactics for our characters, who were forced to get even more creative in their killing methods, and with fun results. Despite my enjoyment of this story it does come with a few faults that mostly lie on silly character that were out of place as far as timing goes, which messed with the pacing a bit.

Co-writer S. S. Wilson served as the director for this brainchild story of his, and he did a mostly-positive job with what he had to work with. From the get-go it is obvious that this sequel lacks the luster and atmosphere that the original came with, so the “feel” of this piece will not be as enjoyable for those of you who have seen its predecessor. Thankfully, Wilson employs creative direction in executing some very graboid chase/stalk scenes, and he relies on live-action FX for the graboid carnage and resulting gory mess. His execution of the characters was a bit cheezy, and while I believe their overall performances were good we get the usual cliché feels regarding their emotions on all levels, especially regarding Grady(Christopher Gartin). When things progressed from graboid to shrieker mayhem we were forced to endure CGI FX for the shriekers, which for the mid 1990s was not bad at all. I found most of the scenes believable, and much to my enjoyment the close-up scenes with the shriekers came with live-action FX, so I couldn’t balk much at the CGI. As mentioned earlier, there is not much horror going on, but we do get a few thrills here and there to keep things going. I believe that Wilson could have employed better execution regarding the film’s action and terror scenes, which came off a bit too comedic at times and lessened my enjoyment a bit. For what it is worth, this was his first full-length directing effort, and for the most part he did well with it.

Overall, Tremors 2: Aftershocks is a mostly-positive sequel to the famed original who’s original writers return to give us a cool continuation of the storyline that continues the creature action, adapts it, and throws in the fun character fare of the original by bringing back Earl and Burt for round two of monster killing carnage. The feel and execution of the piece will come off different due to its DTV status, but the creature action is good, and while we get little scares the overall action sequences provide enough for please those who enjoy these types of films.

Rating: 6/10

Scream – 8

April 25, 2011 4 comments

Director – Wes Craven

Cast – Neve Campbell, Skeet Ulrich, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Matthew Lillard, Jamie Kennedy, Rose McGowan, W. Earl Brown, Henry Winkler, Drew Barrymore, Lawrence Hecht, Joseph Whipp, Liev Schreiber, Roger Jackson(voice), Kevin Patrick Walls

Release Year – 1996

Reviewed by John of the Dead

Wes Craven had already made his mark in horror history with several great films during both the 70s and the 80s, and while he lost a bit of steam in the 1990s he still delivered positive experiences in New Nightmare and The People Under The Stairs, however he really made himself a horror icon on a national level and brought back the slasher scene with Scream. Adorned with teen heart throbs, a memorable killer, and a story homage-ing the fun respect associated with the horror slasher scene, Scream is one of the best examples of premier 90s horror, and has remained a highlight in the careers of all associated for just that reason.

10 years after the violent death of her mother, two of Sidney Prescott’s schoolmates are killed in violent fashion. When the killer makes contact with Sidney and she survives a close encounter with him, her world is turned upside down when not only those around her one-by-one fall victim to this killer, but the evidence found shows that everyone around her is a suspect.

I will admit to you right now that I am not the biggest fan of the Scream series. I appreciate Wes Craven and writer Kevin Williamson(I Know What You Did Last Summer, The Faculty, Scream 2, Scream 3, Scream 4) bringing a slasher film to the masses again, but personally I am not a huge fan for a number of reasons. This does not mean that I think this is a bad film, in fact, I believe that Scream has done much for the modern day horror genre, and I will leave my personal reasoning to low unbiased levels and review this film for what it is.

Williamson’s story is great, and he throws in every great element having to do with the slasher sub-genre. The opening sequence is fantastic and is one of the most memorable opening sequences in horror history, and it definitely sets the tone for the creative high intensity horror that would hit the screen in mostly heavy doses. There is a constant comedic feel going on in the film, and while this is not a devout horror comedy the “fun” factor is high and is another one of those all-too-important slasher elements thrown into the film by Williamson. We get numerous references to the slasher films of the 70s and 80s, as well as some self-appreciation for Wes Craven’s earlier works. True horror fans should take notice to these homages and find joy in them as I did, especially if you are watching with a horror newbie who has no clue to the homages. Simply put, it makes you look smarter than you really are. We get a slew of character that each add their own flair and conflict to the story, with Sidney Prescott serving as the usual lead protagonist who has a dark past and is suffering even more as she is in the process of reliving it during this dilemma. Soon after the comes face to face with “Ghostface”, the killer, evidence comes to light that proves those around her could be the killer. Each character comes with their own suspicious habits, and Williamson used each of the many characters to provide positively to the film’s story. I was quite surprised that this occurred because normally films with this many characters have some that offer nothing but taking up screen time, but that was not the case with this story, and I applaud Williamson for that. Also surprising to me was that this screenplay was Williamson’s debut effort, a testament that your first film does not always have to be a low-budget creation so long as you play the game right. The twists and turns abound in this flick, and I was glad to see that not all of the twists came during the final act of the film. From early on we are thrown into the mystery tale of constant suspects and things never really slow down as far as the mystery goes, which eventually lead up to a strong climax that I am sure nobody saw coming. Williamson threw in quite a few deaths as well, another positive note that aided with the film’s pacing. A few of the deaths were unique and came with a comedic feel(the garage door kill for one) and our killer was used to good potential in delivering deaths in quiet and stealthy fashion.

Craven(A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Hills Have Eyes, The Last House on the Left, Red Eye, The Serpent and the Rainbow)’s direction and execution of this flick is good, however this is mostly where I found personal faults with the film. I will not say that his direction was bad, because it wasn’t, I just was not a fstrong an personally, simple as that. He manages to create good tension and a positive creep level early on, beginning with the film’s awesome introduction and staying strong throughout most of the film’s 111 minute runtime. His camerawork is great and he uses this to provide good scares involving Ghostface, who was so simple yet so well executed that he came off as a truly creepy killer despite him looking like he was intended as a gimmick to poke fun at the slasher sub-genre. Numerous actors portrayed Ghostface, including Craven himself, which is another testament to good direction and chemistry on set given each of these actors executed the character properly and with good results. The sets used were great, and Craven proved that he could still make any house a creepy one, as he did with numerous films before and did with My Soul To Take, which was not that great but at least had good atmosphere. Craven’s execution of the kills was great, and a few of the kills came with a grisly nature that resulted in some positive gore. While some of the kills took place off camera, including one that we only heard of and never saw, the ones that did occur on camera were great, and Craven did a good job of throwing in the comedic charm that Williamson wrote into the piece. The acting performances involved were so-so, but when are they ever really that great in slasher films? I really wanted to balk at some of the performances we were given, especially from Matthew Lillard(who I usually enjoy) but given this is a homage to slasher films and slasher films never had great actors I let this one slide. You can thank Williamson and Craven for that one, Matthew Lillard.

Overall, Scream is a solid horror effort from Wes Craven and first-time writer Kevin Williamson that gives us a great slasher experience at the cost of all previous great slasher films. The story is good and consists of all the right twists and turns and slasher cliches, and Craven’s direction and usage of Ghostface provides good tension and positive horror that results in one of the best horror films of the 1990s. This film brought the horror scene back to the national level, and made careers out of nearly everyone involved. I recommend this to those with a love for the slasher genre and those looking for a great horror film that has stood and will stand the test of time.

Rating: 8/10

The Dentist – 6

Director – Brian Yuzna

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

Release Year – 1996

Reviewed by John of the Dead

Popular horror producer Brian Yuzna helmed the directors chair once again following Return of the Living Dead III and his segment on Necronomicon: Book of the Dead to give us The Dentist, an original film who’s two-word title is known to strike fear in the minds of young children over the horror stories they hear as well as the sound of a dentist’s drills. A step above from another 90s dentist effort, Dr. Giggles, The Dentist provides a fun experience that gives good horror and only suffers from lost steam at the end.

The perfectionist Dr. Feinstone(Corbin Bernsen) has everything he could ask for: a successful career, a beautiful wife, and an elegant home, all resulting in a comfortable life others can only dream of having. However, when he catches his wife having sex with the pool man he is sent down a violent spiral now that he has learned there is decay behind even the whitest and purest of objects/beings. Dr. Feinstone now does the only thing he can to ease his mind and rid the world of its decay, subject his patients to heinous acts of torture, with a special surprise for his cheating wife.

I personally do not care for films about killer dentists, but I welcome the idea because it is one seldom used in the genre, and when used right it can provide some positive horror and great girl, which is the case with this film. Dr. Feinstone is an incredible character, and we are given a full-frontal experience that delves into the psychological turmoil he is going through. The film’s three writers, Dennis Paoli, Stuart Gordon, and Charles Finch(all behind Re-Animator), did a fantastic job of executing their writing ability to high potential, ensuring that Feinstone would deliver great horror as we watch his quick descent into madness, which came followed by awesome and gory results. From the get-go you can tell that Feinstone is a perfectionist with a temper, so when he catches his wife in the act with a younger and more rugged man you can imagine the internal horror he experiences. I loved that his descent into madness came with some original ideas in which he used tooth decay to relate the world around him. All seems perfect in his suburban neighborhood, and his clients are angelic in nature, but because of what his seemingly perfect wife did to him he now knows that a picture-perfect outside means nothing if there is decay on the inside, and it is up to him to remove it. We are given some great kills that are quite heinous in nature, which should come as no surprise given the mass number of instruments a dentist has at his/her disposal.

Director Brian Yuzna did well with this film, inserting his usual quirky feel to the piece as well as his usual incredible live-action gore. This is definitely not a film to take overly seriously, but it is by no means a horror/comedy, just a fun horror film. Corbin Bernsen(Dead Air, The Dentist 2, “Masters of Horror”: Right to Die, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) is fantastic as Dr. Feinstone as he expertly sold his role as the troubled hardline dentist who’s negative personality traits are growing with each waking hour. The kills he delivers are also very well executed(as you should know by now), and Yuzna held nothing back in delivering the heinous kills his writing trio wrote into the film, and he did so with little regard for your resulting loss of appetite thanks to some great live-action gore. His pacing is good, and this simple film succeeds at what it set out to do, give good fun horror consisting of all the tidbits we look for in the genre.

Overall, The Dentist is a fun film from the minds behind Stuart Gordon’s Re-Animator that gives us a unique story with a harrowing killer, great gore, and positive execution overall. The film has its faults, but for what it is it delivers the horror I expected.

Rating: 6/10

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