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  • Actors: John Hensley, Ashley Springer, Jess Weixler, Josh Pais, Hale Appleman
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Momentum Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Oct. 2008
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001C4OTBE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,034 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Surreal horror comedy from director Mitchell Lichtenstein. Jess Weixler stars as Dawn, a proud virgin who leads the local chapter of a chastity group which encourages younger children to save themselves for marriage. However, when Dawn is sexually assaulted by new group member, Tobey (Hale Appleman), she discovers to her surprise that her vagina has teeth. As she attempts to come to terms with her shocking discovery, Dawn soon begins to experience both the pitfalls and the power of her newfound anatomical anomaly.


Writer-director Mitchell Lichtenstein's feature debut is a horror comedy combining elements of atom-age 1950s horror films with mythology and feminist theory. The result is a smart, sassy B-movie satire--funny, gross, and with a high squirm factor. A risky idea that could well have turned into a lower-tier Troma production, TEETH is a unique and surprising creation. Dawn (Jess Weixler) lives the life of a normal suburban teenager, except for the two nuclear reactors looming over her house. A goody two-shoes by any measure, she leads the local chapter of a chastity group, lecturing younger children on saving themselves for marriage. She finds herself stirred in unexpected ways, however, by new member Tobey (Hale Appleman). Dawn lets herself get closer to him than she has to anyone else, but when he rapes her, she discovers---in the most grisly way---that she is a true incarnation of the vagina dentata myth. As Dawn attempts to come to terms with her emerging sexuality and her second set of choppers, more men with bad intentions fall victim to their worst nightmare.

Lichtenstein, sometime actor and the son of artist Roy Lichtenstein, reportedly first heard of the vagina dentata myth while studying under Camille Paglia, and his take on it proves to be as frightening (and bloody) as one would expect. As Dawn, Weixler is winning, and watching her transformation from meek to empowered bitch is a blast to watch. A handful of wincingly gory sequences will have horror fans howling, but there are layers to the film for those willing to peel them back. Cult favourite GINGER SNAPS, which examined menstruation as a metaphor for lycanthropy, is an obvious cousin and great candidate for a double feature, but TEETH is completely its own.

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3.2 out of 5 stars

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By R. Griffiths on 6 Feb. 2009
Format: DVD
The Amazon synopsis review of this makes it sound like a typical horror film with a very unusual protaganist. As a fan of horrors I bought it on that basis but enjoyed it on a completely different level. There are only three very gory moments and it takes a very long time to get to the first, whilst the scene is set. By that point I was far more intrigued by the social message it was sending across.

Dawn is not your average woman (which is probably just as well as it would be the end of civilisation)and the question as to why she has teeth in her vagina is never really answered, although the opening scenes of her house sitting under huge nuclear cooling towers would seem to point you in that direction. As does a scene when the school teacher is talking about evolutionary adaptations. You are left to make up your own mind. What I found fascinating, and thought was very well done, was the whole concept of chastity and the repressing of female sexuality. It would be amusing if it wasn't still so prevalent, particularly in the US where such organisations as the Promise really do exist. We just don't talk about, or see, vaginas. Well done to the makers who took it on as a subject!

I thought all the actors did a great job, particularly Dawn, who really only goes to "empowered bitch", as Amazon put it, right at the end of the film. That language, ironically, also says something about women: why does being empowered make her a bitch? She has to come to terms with something which goes totally against what she knows and what she believes and it is very believable. She only sinks her teeth in, so to speak, when she realises she's been had and, at that point, who can blame her?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By West25 on 8 July 2011
Format: DVD
Dawn is a virgin who has taken a vow to remain that way until she marries, then she meets Tobey and the two seem to have a mutual attraction. As she gets closer to Tobey and her urges get stronger, she discovers that she is different from other girls, very different.

Teeth is a movie that has a very simple premise, these films normally have to be very fun to be successful and Teeth fails as it seems to take itself a little too seriously to be truly enjoyable. Considering it's only on for 80 minutes, I found myself getting bored in parts. I liked how they tried to suggest that the local nuclear power plant played a part in her mutation, and as a bloke there were a few squeamish moments but nothing too much. The story has a good idea but doesn't really seem to know where to go with it, once you have the first "pay off" shot it gets dull and regurgitated by the end. If it wasn't for certain short scenes, I don't think there would really be a film here.

The acting is pretty decent, Jess Weixler does well with her role. John Hensley who irritated the life out of me in Nip/Tuck, annoyed me again in this but I suppose his performance on a technical level was competent. The directing is reasonable, considering he's a first time director and wrote the movie. Basically everything is done to a decent standard, it's just hurt by the fact it's a one trick pony.

The whole cult of virgins annoyed quickly, the scariest thing in the movie is the fact that there are people out there as repressed as the kids depicted here, they won't even watch a 12A movie, just incase people "make out" in it. I personally have no problem with people that want to "save themselves", but they don't have to act like ten year olds until the day they wed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 18 Nov. 2012
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I like horror films to be smart, poignant or amusing, and Teeth is all three. For those just wanting to get off on human suffering it will vastly disappoint; horror newcomers may find the gore too much, but it's few and far between and aims more for gross out than sadism. This is the kind of fun gory movie that used to be made, before sick auteurs decided to punish, not entertain audiences. It enters John Waters territory with camp black humour - I loved a scene where Dawn cycles home to the sound of a corny old pop song - though its plot is more linear and realistic. One of Teeth's charms is that it's clearly an indie film; it has a unique and anarchic feel which a studio might have removed. Having grown weary of black comedies which wuss out (Keeping Mum, Dark Shadows) Teeth goes all the way, so to speak. It's intelligent and unpandering.
Teenage Dawn O'Keefe (Jess Weixler) is part of abstinence group The Promise, and preaches to young students about not giving up their "gift". How she became "pure" isn't explained; her mum (Vivienne Benesch) and stepdad (Lenny Von Dohlen) seem fairly liberal. I'd bet she was swayed by good adverts and the need to belong, like so many teens. There's also a scumbag stepbrother (John Hensley) who's in love with her, though she's repulsed by him. Her urges, however, are awoken by Tobey (Hale Appleman), a fellow Promiser she starts chastely dating. When he attempts to break their vow, she discovers something literally inside her. She has the mythical vagina dentate: teeth in her genitals which attack when provoked.
The first half of Teeth is the best. Before her "awakening" Dawn is shy and repressed, the kind of girl Jerry Falwell would have liked, though not hateful, just sweetly misguided.
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