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Monday, March 05, 2007

Bite Me

Teeth debuted at the Sundance Film Festival last month. The New York Times described the flick as a "feminist horror film," so clearly I had to check it out. The movie tells the story of a pure and prudish high school girl whose vagina literally bites back during a sexual assault. I remember reading about the myth of the vagina dentata in college. Many cultures tell tales of vagina teeth, presumably as a means to control the urges of young men. The myth persists in popular culture — like when Mike Myers, playing Wayne in a Wayne's World sketch, refers to his female guest's "major vagina dentata."

I've read some not-so-stellar reviews of the film, but Teeth did win a prize at Sundance, and I hear John Hensley of "Nip/Tuck" puts in a deliciously disturbing performance as the fucked up brother. I haven't seen it for myself yet, but I'll be ready to sink my teeth into it when comes to a theater near me. . .

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