Day 23 of 31 days of horror: The Dentist (1996)

Nothing, no matter how good or how pure, is free of decay. Once that decay gets started, it can only lead to rot, filth, corruption.

Today’s theme is dentophobia. That’s right, the extreme fear of dentists.

I am not afraid of dentists. I’ve a had a fair amount of dental work. Several root canals, crowns, fillings, and one extraction. I had all 4 of my wisdom teeth out with only local anesthesia and a valium. The feeling of a scalpel cutting into your gums and digging out teeth that hadn’t erupted while you’re not quite sleeping with Prince Valium is super weird. There was some anxiety the first time I went to a dentist, but I’ve never been afraid.

That said, I’ve never had a dentist who lost his shit after catching his wife blowing the pool boy on their wedding anniversary. I’ve never had a dentist follow the pool guy only to find out he was fucking the neighbor lady too. Probably all the neighbor ladies. Rich people problems, am I right? Anyway, this dentist tries to go about his work day but starts hallucinating, seeing his adulteress wife and taking out his rage on his patients. This guy’s internal dialog tells us that he was one step away from a murder spree all along. Dude has issues. He reminds me of that hologram the crew of Voyager finds all alone on a ship, only to discover that he’d murdered his crew. Yes, everything is Star Trek.

If you’re scared of dentists, don’t watch this movie. You may never go back to the dentist. Honestly I’m not sure anyone needs to watch this movie. It’s not a bad movie, but not one I’m gonna watch again anytime soon. But today’s theme is dentophobia, so here we are!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s