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First Five Minutes of Teeth

Perhaps because Cloverfield is garnering so much attention, Roadside Attractions decided to release the first five minutes of Teeth online to various Web sites, including Bloody Disgusting. The small film, which opens on the same day as J.J. Abrams’ monster movie, begins with lightly atmospheric music and views of a bucolic landscape. Soon, a mildly bloody scene in a kiddie pool establishes the tone. Credits roll over colorful microscopic cells, one of which chomps two others. Then, in a school room, pensive, beautiful Dawn (Jess Wiexler) speaks about abstinence and the self-restraint that shouldn’t end until marriage. It’s an admirably slow setup for a cautionary tale which, as many reviewers have pointed out, has bite.

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