TEETH (2008) (***1/2)

12 05 2008
Check Out the Trailer
Check Out the Trailer

When I first saw the trailer for this film, I was shocked and amazed that someone went there. If it were played as a straight horror film, the movie, dealing with man-eating vaginas, seemed ridiculous. And the laughs that permeated the theater underlined the thoughts of misogyny and cheese that we all felt. However, this campy horror comedy is actually a modern twist on the vagina dentata lore, changing the male-centric fear of female sexuality into a female-centric empowerment tale.

Dawn (Jess Weixler, LITTLE MANHATTAN) is a very conservative high school student who is a leader in a teen abstinence organization called The Promise. She is ridiculed for her prudish ways at school, but stays true to her beliefs. However, she discovers something strange about her genitalia when her sexual feelings are first awakened by fellow Promise member Tobey (Hale Appleman, upcoming HOLY ROLLERS). So when Tobey’s faith wavers, Dawn discovers just how deadly her mutation can be. Along the course of her sexual awakening, she will run across a stream of the worst of the male species including her rocker step-brother Brad (John Hensley, TV’s NIP/TUCK), who has been harboring a secret ever since he was young.

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