Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Feinstone, Her! Dr. Cain! : The Dentist 2 (1998)

The Dentist 2: Brace yourself (1998)
Rating: ***
Starring: Corbin Bernsen, Jillian McWhirter and Jeff Doucette

Some time after getting institutionalized for murdering people around his dental clinic, Dr. Alan Feinstone escapes and takes on a new life as Dr. Cain in Paradise, Missouri. He soon murders a local dentist there over a cheaply-made tooth cap and quickly takes over as the small town's dental surgeon which he does try his best to be normal at and somewhat succeeding. 

When his muted wife, surviving her husband's attempt to murder her, caught wind of his escape, however, she wanted him tracked down and hires an investigator to find out where he escaped to so she can get her revenge. With this, along with some people recognizing him from his previous murdering spree getting in the way of his newly found life of normalcy, perhaps Dr. Feinstone may need to drop the good doctor act for a good old' fashion murder spree if he wants to cut off all of these loose ends.

To be honest, The Dentist 2 just as good as the original, only now we're aware what kind of horrible things our "hero" is capable of doing so there's very little surprise left for us. What we're treated here with is a narrative involving our titular killer dentist trying to fit in a new town while attempting to repress his murderous nature. The way I see it, the plot's more mellow than the hate-filled first as there are a few more dark humor inserted among its decent kills, brutal dental torture and even a tragic love angle reminiscent from films like Psycho 3 or Maniac Cop 3: Badge of Silence. Not a bad run all in all despite occasional hiccups, like its weird ending that leaves us with a cliffhanger questioning where the franchise would go if they kept going. 

If you're an avid fan of the first, The Dentist 2 is an unnecessary yet watchable movie to spend a night with. Just don't watch it before your dental appointment tomorrow morning...

1 female missing (presumably killed)
1 male falls down the stairs and broke his neck
1 male anesthetic injected to his ear
1 male hammered to death
1 female dental tortured, later found dead with her lips cut off
1 female bludgeoned with wooden board on the head
Total: 6

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