The Dentist (1996)
Director: Brian Yuzna
Main Stars: Corbin Bernsen. Linda Hoffman, Michael Stadvec, Ken Foree, Molly Hagan, Patty Toy, Christa Sauls, Joanne Baron
Storyline: A dentist catches his wife having an affair and he goes off the deep end.
Review (Spoils): Dr.Feinstone (Corbin Bernsen) discovers that his wife Brooke (Linda Hoffman) is having an affair he losing his mind. He sees that underneath the perfect life there is a bad and sad tale, like white teeth underneath there is decay. He starts to extract his anger through his patience.
What’s more fun than a horror film based around the dental chair? We have a man in distress and filled with hate over his wife so this leads to dead dogs, some bleeding gums, some sleeping (under gas) fondling, strangulations, some nasty tooth pulling, tongue cutting, stabbings, needles and some more tongue fun. Nothing screams fun like a trip to the mad dentist.
Rating: This film is fun. It hits a point where a number of people dislike or even hate, a trip to the dentist. Brian Yuzna did a great by not going too over the top and stayed to the point that it is all about the dentist and his disillusion of his wife and lover in all his patients. The symbolic attachment of the white teeth and decay was a nice touch. It is not the greatest horror film but a memorable one and it starts to carry on to a series after.
Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3 (1990)
Director: Jeff Burr
Main Stars: Kate Hodge, Ken Foree, R.A Mihailoff, Viggo Mortensen
Storyline: A couple run away from a threatening gas attendant and get lost in the back roads of Texas. The Sawyer family are back….
Review (Spoils): The saw is back and this film is to be a sequel of the first one and ignoring the second one. I disagree as Stretch makes a quick appearance in the beginning so to be this is right after. We have new family members to join Leatherface (R.A Mihailoff ) we have Mama Sawyer, Eddie “Tex” Sawyer (Viggo Mortensen) , Alfredo Sawyer, Tinker Sawyer and last and not least Leatherface’s daughter. Seeing the last movie ended with a bang we have Leatherface with a leg brace. This family is a little different from the other films they use chainsaw yes but they are cleaner and they trap their prey. We learn that have raped their victims (discarding them after child birth) and that’s who the family expands. An example is the little creepy blond girl that is Leatherface’s daughter that reminds me of the girl from The Bad Seed. Some of the memorable moments are the cowboy ranger boy Tex, Leatherface fighting the spelling toy, the little girl and the sledgehammer scene.
Some of down points of the film is how many version there really is of this film as it has been cut and rated so many times. Another point is Leatherface being called Junior now instead of Bubba like the past films. I miss the Leatherface that is a confused child in a man’s body character. The film can be hit and miss when it comes to story also.
Rating: We have Viggo Mortensen on film before his big Lord of the Rings series, we have the Sawyer family back and there are worse films in the series than this one. Sure it’s not the greatest but there are worse ones to come. Just wish they would have stuck with the original feel of Leatherface. Remember people “Saw is Family”
Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Director: George A. Romero
Main Stars: David Emge, Ken Foree, Scott H. Reiniger, Gaylen Ross
Storyline: Sequel to Night of the Living Dead a television executive, her boyfriend and two SWAT policemen tried to survive with the walking dead and barricade up in a shopping mall.
Review (Spoils): George A. Romero is back with another great zombie flick. There are some flaws in the film and the introduction with the TV station can be very overwhelming and confusing. Just get past the first 15min of the film and your ready to go. When the SWAT team kicks on the screen you’re good to go with the gore!
Francine (Gaylen Ross) is a TV executive and she is forced to flee with her wanna be cop dick of a boyfriend Stephen (David Emge). Gaylen Ross does a great job playing the quiet blonde girlfriend so is tired of being just a pawn in the game of man vs zombie. David Emge’s character does the opposite he is an arrogant pig who treats his wife like an object even though the movie does not go there. The abortion conversation was a key for pointing this out and also not giving his girlfriend a gun to defend herself.
Than we have the two SWAT guys Peter (Ken Foree ) and Roger (Scott H. Reiniger) which add a flavour to the film such as one liners, comedy and gun shooting excitement. Peter has nothing coolness and attitude and Roger are more of your short hyper guy. All four characters together make a nice mix against the zombies for survival.
Now for the zombies of the film, Tom Savini does an amazing job in the makeup of our pale, blue skin, slow walkers. Also he acts as one of the motorcycle guys in the final battle scene. We got some serious gore and blood in this film, everything from biting, ripping, chewing and more bouncing bullets than a classic western. This is one of Tom Savini best.
Rating: “When there is no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth” drinks up to that as this is one of the better zombie flicks out there. Thank you George A. Romero and Tom Savini once again and great music again from Goblin.