Pity our poor young colleague Peter Hall. Not only is he a newlywed with two difficult cats and a mortgage; he's also trying to keep himself focused on the two or three outlets he contributes his daily cinematic nerdliness to. And now this: He's got to get his wisdom teeth out. Or better yet, his dentist may want to do a root canal first, and then focus on the four rear extractions. Yes, I said rear extractions. Anyway, here's a collection of films that you'll definitely want to avoid the next time you're in Pete's position: Prone, scared, and with a strange masked man sticking metal tools into your mouth.

1. Marathon Man -- I place it first because A) the film has the great-grand-daddy of dangerous denitalia, B) it's a really obvious pick, and C) it's the first one I thought of! But yes, the sequence (embedded below the jump) is Sir Laurence Olivier going to town on Dustin Hoffman's teeth like nobody's business. And man can that Hoffman screech like a mortally wounded primate when the scene calls for it! Ah, but here's the good news: You all know the "is it safe?" sequence, but have you seen the whole film? It's really quite good!

2. Little Shop of Horrors -- Yes, I completely agree that Steve Martin, as the sadistic, gas-addicted Orin Scrivello (D.D.S.!) is one of the funniest things found in 1980s cinema (especially in the blissfully twisted scene with Bill Murray), but there's also some amusingly graphic dental meanness found in this film. (Some of it shot from inside a wounded patient's mouth!) Funny and clever, but not something to witness before you kneel down to the lord Novocaine. (Another film in which Mr. Martin plays a dentist. Not a bad flick.)