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Teeth (Ws Sub) (2008)

A movie directed by Mitchell Lichtenstein

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Comedy or Horror?

  • May 4, 2008
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"Teeth"

Comedy or Horror?

Amos Lassen

Dawn is a high school student who works very hard at suppressing her sexuality. She is the most active person in her local chastity group and has an even harder time because her stepbrother, Brad, acts in quite a provocative way. Dawn is completely innocent regarding her own body and when she discovers that her vagina has teeth, she becomes the object of violence. As she struggles with this unique aspect of her anatomy, she has experiences that are terrible and she realizes the power she has.
The whole plot of the film is centered on the vagina with teeth and the viewer can more or less guess what is to happen. The movie uses as many cheap techniques as possible and because the audience can foretell what is going to happen, there are no surprises, What hurts the film is that the chance for character development, dynamic tension and sexual commentary are not used and what could have been an interesting film is not much more than a "B" horror film. We could have had an interesting look at womanhood, of maturing, of sexual awakening and the relationship between love and sex. Instead we get sleaze and a gory exploitation film.
However, the acting is not bad. Jess Wexler as Dawn brings humor to the film and the way she shoes self-doubt is amazing. I guess the best way to describe the film is to say that it is so bad that it is good. It could have been much bloodier and it will probably become a cult film. It is original and even with all of the campy cheesiness it has a certain charm.

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review by . March 21, 2009
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TEETH is a satirical horror film that explores the mythology of vagina dentata (toothed vagina in latin), the myth created by men that plays on the fears of impotency. Supposedly, a "hero" must arise to return to the womb, his origins to conquer and neutralize the female's power. In this modern age, the film is more a comedic cautionary tale for men to take care in their treatment of women. While I have seen a very similar Japanese film in 2006, this film is a whole different experience …
review by . September 08, 2008
This movie is more comedy then horror in my eyes. Seeing the previews months before hand I couldn't wait to grab hold of this and thanks to my Amazon friends who had already watched and rated this reminded me how anxious I wanted to see this. If films couldn't get any more bizarre imagine a strain of VD so powerful that one encounter with a carrier essentially kills you. The rub is that in this case, VD stands not for venereal disease but rather for the Latin " vagina dentata," e.g. "toothed vagina." …
review by . June 23, 2008
There's not much you can really say about this film to try and justify its content, it's simply a film about a girl who took a vow of abstinence but through a bad incident with a boy she discovers that her vagina has teeth and accidentally castrates the boy. I can't really go into detail about the film as it is of a very explicit nature but the myth of vaginas having teeth is bigger than most people will first know. It's actually called Vagina Dentata and is a mythology based on female empowerment, …
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I am an academic who reivews movies and books of interest to the GLBT and Jewish communities.   I came to Arkansas after having been relocated here due to Hurricane Katrina. I was living in … more
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A coming-of-age tale with a twist,Teethtakes a novel approach towards teen sexual angst. Sunny blonde Dawn (Jess Weixler, a Meryl Streep in the making) promotes abstinence at her high school. Her mother (Vivienne Benesch) is terminally ill, her half-brother (Nip/Tuck's John Hensley) is a tattooed sociopath, and her stepfather (Lenny von Dohlen) does what he can to keep the household together. When Dawn meets doe-eyed transfer student Tobey (Hale Appleman), her celibacy vow is put to the test. Simultaneously, she starts to realize her anatomy differs from other girls. Though Dawn's Austin environs recall the serene suburbs ofDonnie Darko--except for the ominous smokestacks behind the family's ranch house--her secret power brings her closer in line withCarrie. It's a particularlyfemininecapability. When Carrie felt threatened, she used her mind as a weapon. In Dawn's case, a certain physical anomaly comes into play: the vagina dentata of ancient mythology (Camille Paglia, author ofSexual Personae, served as a consultant on the film). At first, Dawn has no control over the situation and, like De Palma's anti-heroine, she's horrified. But actor-turned-director Mitchell Lichtenstein (Ang Lee’sThe Wedding Banquet), son of artist Roy Lichtenstein, ends his debut on a very different note. Along the way, there's satiric humor, squirm-inducing gore, and a star-making turn from Weixler, recipient of a special prize at Sundance for her ...
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Genre: Horror
Release Date: January 18, 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Screen Writer: Mitchell Lichtenstein
DVD Release Date: May 6, 2008
Runtime: 94 minutes
Studio: Weinstein Company
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