Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Are True Blood Vamps' Fangs on the Wrong Teeth?

Regarding True Blood: Why are the vampires' fangs are on their laterals and not their cuspids? I work for a dentist, but we can't figure out why they did this. I always thought vampire fangs were on their cuspids. Hope you can help me because it's driving me crazy.
—Amanda, via the inbox

Indeed, as Sookie might say, that mystery has driven many a folk crazier than a run-over coonhound. In other words, you're not the only fan whipsawed into a state of insanity by True Blood's anatomical whims. Why, for the love of Godric, why? Well, here you go...

First of all, you should know that vampires have a long history of arbitrary fang placement. True. Yes. It goes back at least as far as the 1922 classic Nosferatu, whose main monster looked like a carnivorous mole rat thanks to a pair of fangs where his two front incisors should have been.

Fast forward a few decades, and you have the neo-classic The Lost Boys, in which Kiefer Sutherland and others sported pointy lateral incisors, just like the vamps on True Blood.

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Rita said...

I like the fangs just fine,they are Alan
Ball's and no one else.Just enjoy and stop
worrying about every little tiny thing.

Sharon said...

The fangs have bothered me since day one, probably because I'm a biologist and I know fangs belong on the canines, what the article refers to as cuspids. It still looks funny to me.