Teeth (2007) is an American thriller horror comedy movie that is 94 minute and was filmed in Austin, Texas, USA. Director and writer Mitchell Lichtenstein (The Wedding Banquet (1993), Streamers (1983), Happy Tears (2009)) did a fantastic job executing this movie but could have cut back a little on the sexual and genital scenes. The film contains several sexual scenes, nudity, sexual language, grotesque graphic violence, bloody disturbing scenes, several scenes with genitals being dismembered from body, suspense, comedy, bad language and frightening scenes.
Dawn O’Keefe (Jess Weixler - Best Man Down (2012), Free Samples (2012), Apartment Troubles (2014)) is a teenager and also the spokesperson for a Christian abstinence group. The group name is The Promise, and everyone in the group wears a purity ring that signifies their purity. Dawn met Tobey (Hale Appleman - Private Romeo (2011), Pedro (2008), Oysters Rockefeller (2012)) at her group and she is instantly attracted to him. Tobey, Dawn and her friends Alisha (Laila Liliana Garro - A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2006), The Brave One (2007), Normal Adolescent Behavior (2007)) and Phil (Adam Wagner) start hanging out together. Dawn fantasies about marrying Tobey in the future but agrees with Tobey that they cannot spend time together because of their attraction for each other. Dawn and Tobey eventually decide to meet, skip forward - we see Tobey trying to rape Dawn, which ensues in a battle. Dawn discover she has super powers after her vagina bites off Tobey’s genitals. After a few more events, Dawn thinks that she has vagina dentata and visits Dr. Godfrey (Josh Pais - A Beautiful Mind (2001), Turtles Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990), The Station Agent (2003), Phone Booth (2002)) who is a gynecologist. Dawn was hoping for Dr. Godfrey to find out what happened to her but her vagina bites off four of the doctor’s finger after he did not use a glove to reach up inside her. What will Dawn do with her new powers that can only be used when she is scared or angry?
The movie was the first of its kind for me to see, so it was unique and scary. I enjoyed this movie for the message it delivers, but everyone will sure have a different opinion. Jess Weixler gave the best performance in the film as her acting was above average. It would have been a nice touch for the movie to give details as to why Dawn has a toothed vagina, was it inherited or is it a curse? The special effects deserve recognition as they were very gruesome and done amazingly well. I gave this movie a six because as much as I like the film, the vagina biting off genitals was done too many times in the movie offering nothing new for the last few scenes in the film. I enjoyed the movie, but it could have been much better with more things thrown in. The comedy blended nicely with the horror and gross moments. Overall, the movie is a hit or miss and should be viewed by viewers that can handle gut wrenching scenes.
About Teeth (2007)
Starring: Gary Teague, John Hensley, Josh Pais, Isaac Rodriguez, Hunter Ulvog, Aspen, Ava Ryen Plumb, Max Alpar, Trent Moore, Ricky Cavazos, Mike Yager, Colby Crain, Nathan Parsons, Leslie Dawn Forsyth, Paul Galvan, Eric Hack, Kasey Kitzmiller, John D. Montoya, Taylor Sheppard, Jess Weixler, Denia Ridley, Trevor Stevenson, Hale Appleman, Kiri Weatherby, Jordan Strassner, Lenny von Dohlen, Michael Swanner, Debbi Tucker, Vivienne Benesch, Tom Byrne
Director: Mitchell Lichtenstein
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