Cast: Jess Weixler as Dawn, John Hensley as Brad, Hale Appleman as Tobey
Synopsis: A high school student, Dawn (Jess Weixler), discovers an oddity about herself after she becomes the subject of male violence.
You know the typical formula in most horror films–masked killer on the loose, hacking innocent (and rather dumb) high schoolers and college students before they finally get caught. Well, our main character is in high school. And this is a horror comedy. There is violence. But that’s where the similarities end.
In most ways, Dawn is your typical high school student. She’s pretty, smart and a member of her high school’s chastity club, The Promise. Her life’s a bit of a mess, though. At home, her mother is dying, her stepfather is barely around and her stepbrother is a huge pervert who constantly tries to seduce her. At school, she has to swim the dangerous waters of high school hormones and bullying. She faces it all with dignity and grace. But that all changes when she meets Tobey (Hale Appleman) at a Promise meeting. There’s an instant attraction between the two. Dawn wants to keep her Promise, but is finding it really hard.
Finally, she and Tobey go on a date. During the date, he sexually assaults her. Unknown to either of them, Dawn has a secret weapon–vagina dentata. And she uses it against Tobey and any man who tries to take advantage of her. So the journey begins for Dawn……
I wasn’t very familiar with Jess Weixler prior to “Teeth”. But she did an amazing job playing Dawn. She manages to keep Dawn somewhat sweet and innocent, even when she’s forced to use her secret weapon. She’s never boring, and I thoroughly enjoyed her journey in the film. John Hensley did a great job playing the slutty stepbrother. We see him cruel, lonely, horny and furious. Even though we rarely see Brad outside of the bedroom, we do see a fleshed-out character. All the actors did an amazing job.
The movie itself is funny, shocking and interesting. The movie does seems a bit uneven at times, but nobody can accuse it of being boring. Sometimes, you wonder what if you had vagina dentata. How would you use it? Would you use it at all? What will happen to Dawn in the future?
I highly recommend this movie, but I warn you–it is not for the faint of heart. 8 out of 10.