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Teeth (2007) ★★★★



Every rose has its thorns.

Dawn is an active member of her high-school chastity club but, when she meets Tobey, nature takes its course, and the pair answer the call. They suddenly learn she is a living example of the vagina dentata myth, when the encounter takes a grisly turn.


I thoroughly enjoyed this film. Even more so the second time around. Definitely a movie that changes with the times. On release, it was much more accepted than on rewatch (in 2024). Now there’s the political overtones some want to attach to it. “If only a woman would’ve directed this!!!” Man or woman, the movie was engaging, poetic and rightfully vengeful. Doesn’t matter what sex or combination of what gender a crew member wants to attach to oneself. I’d personally love to see a remake directed by a woman. But we’re in hyper-sensitive divisive times and this is the case where there is a ‘good-for-her’ sentiment and a woke ‘me-too’ shunning towards the same film. Go figure!

Teeth is a sexual, coming of age body horror film with a nice touch of humor. Jenn Weixler was such a great lead actress in this. She was totally believable in her transformation. In addition to the body horror, there are other dark parts to the movie that gives it that horror edge. It’s fun, entertaining, keeps you engaged and uncomfortable. I also enjoyed the background signs and nuggets relating to the messed up nature of sexuality in our current times. It’s way past time for a mutation!

Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)

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