October 27th, 2015
From teeth erosion revealing a little girl’s possession to shiny and strong pearly whites indicating fierce power, teeth play a surprisingly important role in many scary movies. With Halloween quickly approaching, we thought we’d document the scariest chompers from horror movies to set the mood for the most haunted night of them all. You might want to turn on the lights for this one.
Regan MacNeil from The Exorcist
If you want to see a set of bad teeth, look no further than Regan MacNeil from The Exorcist. She’s a prime example of what you don’t want to happen to your pearly whites. Regan’s rotting teeth represent her rotting soul due to demonic possession. This is the movie to watch if you need motivation to brush and floss your teeth.
Jack Torrance from The Shining
Unlike Regan, Jack Torrance from Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining has a beautiful set of teeth. However, we only really get to admire them when he falls into madness. As Jack becomes more heavily influenced by the supernatural forces in the isolated hotel he is staying in, he begins to bare his teeth like an animal, showing aggression towards his innocent family.
Dracula’s teeth are probably the most iconic in the world. Though his character has been reproduced several times over the years, Dracula’s incredibly white teeth and fierce fangs never cease to provoke horror in his audience. We dentists wish he had been a teeth model rather than a bloodsucking murderer.
Great White Shark from Jaws
As the title suggests, the shark from Jaws takes the crown for the biggest set of teeth on our list. Steven Spielberg’s classic thriller stars a man-eating great white shark that is rarely seen. But when the shark does burst into the shot, his massive and admirably white chompers take the audience’s focus.
Though not thought of as a horror movie to most, dentists like us cringe at Austin Powers’ hideous set of teeth. Not only are they crooked and protruding, but worst of all, they are discolored, showing years of neglect. These are the teeth of a man who has not taken proper care of his teeth. Behave, Austin.