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Teeth (2 stars)

(18) 93min

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Teeth

HORROR/COMEDY

Vagina dentata is the Latin name for a vagina with teeth, a primal fear which crops up in a number of different cultures and philosophies, now emerging at the centre of this teen flick written and directed by Mitchell Lichtenstein, the son of pop artist Roy.

In a small Austin Texas town in the shadow of Simpsons-style cooling towers, high-schooler Dawn (Jess Weixler) finds her pledged commitment to virginity threatened by a number of prospective lovers. These range from sincere but repressed paramour Ryan (Hale Appleman) to her sexually active bad-boy stepbrother Brad (John Hensley), who oddly can’t remember how he lost the tip of his finger as a child.

When she discovers a set of razor-sharp teeth between her legs, Dawn’s sexual awakening proves bloodier than most, although Lichtenstein cops out by never providing a visual depiction of exactly what’s going on down there. There is, however, plenty of bloody castration stump-fountain action. While the novelty of the conceit initially provides an intriguing half hour of well-observed high-school alienation, Teeth is soon reduced to repeating the same gruesome scenes with diminishing returns.

General release from Fri 20 Jun.

Teeth

  • 3 stars
  • 2007
  • US
  • 93 min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Mitchell Lichtenstein
  • Written by: Mitchell Lichtenstein
  • Cast: Jess Weixler, Hale Appleman, John Hensley

In a Texan small town high-schooler Dawn (Weixler) finds her pledged commitment to virginity threatened by a number of prospective lovers, and more so by set of razor-sharp teeth between her legs (vagina dentata). Despite a half hour of well-observed high-school alienation, 'Teeth' falls to the level of crude horror…

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