Watch the First Five Minutes of 'Teeth'

“The so-called vagina dentata, or ‘toothed vagina’ is widely considered to be the classic symbol of a man’s fear of sex, expressing the unconscious belief that a woman may eat or castrate her partner during intercourse. This subliminal fear is fueled when the once erect penis goes limp and ‘dies’ inside the voracious vagina.” – Dr. Terri Hamilton: Skin Flutes and Velvet Gloves: A Collection of Facts and Fancies, Legends and Oddities About the Body’s Private Parts

Directed by Mitchell Lichtenstein (son of pop artist Roy Lichtenstein ) in his feature-length debut, the shock-horror-comedy Teeth stars newcomer Jess Weixler as the incarnation of the vagina dentata myth. The five-minute opener, now online (via AICN), foreshadows the flinch-and-gasp-fest to come, as a preschool aged Dawn is being tormented by her stepbrother, Brad. Title credits roll, and we rejoin Dawn over a decade later as an overzealous youth-abstinence activist, in denial of her…uniqueness.

The squeamish, the easily offended, and/or most of those at work will likely be able to sit through the five-minute tease. The theatrical trailer? Not necessarily. Teeth opens in limited release this weekend.

— “There are often guys who storm out at some point in the movie, which I usually find satisfying…Men react differently to certain parts of the movie more viscerally than women do, and I’ve heard about men who were disturbed about just how into the movie their girlfriends were. [laughs]” – Mitchell Lichtenstein, with IFC

— “I realized [Lichtenstein] wasn’t trying to make a bad B-horror movie. He was trying to make a good dark comedy. I took it because it’s an awesome part that’s never been played before. It’s kind of a superhero role. She has an anatomical uniqueness. She has to discover it and learn how to use it for good.” – Nerve interviews star Jess Weixler

— “Beneath these outre, campy trappings, Lichtenstein otherwise imagines a fairly standard coming-of-age trajectory, as ‘Teeth’ intriguingly, if awkwardly, morphs into an exploration of burgeoning, unique female sexuality and its empowering possibilities…Seeking to strike a tonal balance between sincerity and satire, Lichtenstein falters, his schlock horror tactics chafing against his attempted feminism.” – indieWire review

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