Product Review: Retractable Vampire Fangs

May 27, 2010 by  

As fans of True Blood, and vampires in general, we sometimes feel the desire to join the ranks of the undead. We all get a little jealous when we watch Eric’s fangs descend in a moment of anger.  We wish that we could protect our telepathic girlfriends simply by showing some fang.

Finding special effects fangs is not difficult.  A plethora of online sites and Halloween stores make them available.  But it is hard to find quality fangs, unless you dish out the big bucks.  Most fangs look fake, or wear out quickly.

Additionally, most fangs are static.  You don’t have that extra creepy effect of having them actually descend or retract.

Until now.

I was made aware of a new set of special effects fangs that claim to be retractable.  They are available at for the low low sale price of $12.95.  Initially I was just going to write a post letting you all know that such a product exists.  I figured we’d all be biting at the neck for legitimate retractableVampFangs.com fangs.  But I thought, “Hey…you work in a haunted house.  These are probably something you should own.”  So I bought them, tested them, and now present my findings to you.

In theory these fangs are awesome.  By being retractable, they allow you to shock others, just like the vampires from True Blood.  You have the ability to chose when they are visible and when they are hidden.  When they work, they work beautifully.

When they work.

The fangs are made out of a very flimsy plastic, which means they are bendable.  When I opened the package, the right fang was lower than the left one.  Despite my efforts, I could not get the fangs to even out.  Imagine a pair of glasses that wobble on your face.  That’s exactly what it’s like.

Next comes the issue of how the device actually works.  The fangs themselves are on an axle that extends across the width of your mouth, kind of like if you ever had a spacer.  This axle is actually the mechanism you use to control the fangs.  With one flick of your tongue, the fangs appear.  If you want the fangs to retract, push up on the axle with your tongue and the fangs will slide up and be hidden between your gum and your upper lip.

Although this design is neat, it still presents a host of issues.  The first is that it is impossible to talk like a normal human being.  Yes, I know, by wearing fangs I’m not trying to be a human, but still.  It’s really hard to pretend to be Eric when you sound like your mouth is full.  If you want to know what it’s like talking with these things, put the tip of your tongue to the roof of your mouth and try to have an intelligent conversation.  Or even just indulge me and try saying Bill’s classic line, “I’m here for Sookie.”

The next issue is that it is hard to wear these fangs for an extended period of time.  In comparison to your gum line, the plastic is sharp.  This past weekend I wore the fangs for about a half hour, in which I moved them up and down at a steady rate.  I still have a cut on my upper gum.  The apparatus is very abrasive.  Additionally, you have to bite into a dental mold so that the fangs are custom fitted for your mouth.  When you wear the fangs, you slide your back teeth into the mold so that the whole apparatus stays in place.  After a while it kind of felt like the whole device was pulling my teeth toward the center of my mouth.  Things started to get uncomfortable.  And saliva-y.

Additionally, because the plastic was bent you could see the plastic strip that connected the axle to the actual fang. Therefore, when I let the fangs descend, I looked like a vampire wearing a retainer.  But this was only on the one side.  Also, because the plastic was bent, the fang on that same side had a hard time moving.  Sometimes I’d only have one fang out and I promise I haven’t been to see the Magister.

All in all, I found a lot of problems with these Special FX fangs.  They have the ability to look great and I’m assuming I wouldn’t have had as many complaints if mine were made properly.  But I bought them with the idea of using them in a haunted house to torment guests.  If all you want is to be able to walk around and spook people, then they still might work for you.  But if you wanted to try to use these fangs and talk at the same time, I promise you, you’d have an easier time getting rid of a Maenad.

Has anyone else tried them and have different results?  Make sure to leave comments to let us know!

Here is a video of how they look from VampFangs.com:

SOURCE:  VampFangs.com

Photo Credit:  HBO Inc., Screencap by James

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  • http://www.facebook.com/KaseyKasket Kasey Kasket

    I got these yesterday, put them in this morning and had to remelt and position them several times. I still havent got it right, which is why I looked online to see what I can do with them. My gums are really messed up from trying to fit them in today, and one of the fangs is lower than the other so I look like a snaggletooth whenever it does work correctly. You can see the entirety of the retainer + the squares with wax in my mouth at all times, I cant close my mouth correctly. I cant speak, and when I try to move the bar it catches so the teeth either pop all the way out or dont move much. Im going to try some modification, but first my sliced up gums need time to heal.

  • Anonymous

    The video demo they showed like most of the products “As Seen on TV” it is a big set up to sell the item.   This of course is not how the fangs are done in True Blood TV show since that effect is done digitally.   

    Maybe one day someone out there will come out with much better quality and “working” fangs so we all can use them for Halloween or other times.  

    • http://www.facebook.com/KaseyKasket Kasey Kasket

      True Blood’s fangs are not done digitally, you can actually look up videos where they talk about the process. They are tongue activated as well and are a snap action, which you can see as well as hear especially when they are folded back in the show.

      • Anonymous

        Really ?  Where can I see videos where they talk about this process ?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=506821269 Michelle Guillory McNemar

    I tried them and couldn’t even get them right in my mouth….was very upsetting cause I wanted to wear them for Halloween one year at work…and there was no way I could do it…it’s a waste of money for $12.95….

  • http://www.facebook.com/amatvejuk Alexander Matvejuk

    i bought them just a few days ago, they’re okay…. but i totally agree with what you’re saying its ridiculous trying to talk with them in and i found that the bar cut into the tip of my tongue, so i eventually melted the round part inside to smooth it out a bit, it seemed to help a little. and one other thing keeps happening, the putty stays on my teeth fine, but that’s the problem it stays on my teeth on one side. whenever i try to pull them out to let my mouth relax a bit the putty stays behind. they’re a pretty cool concept piece but yes they are not well manufactured. oh and i found that if you shave down the interior of the bar that’s sticking, it will move more fluidly btw.

  • Azreal

    Retractable Fangs! YES!. that was my first thought when I saw them and i intended to use them for a Vampire Larp. I bought them, fix up the molding and all was fine… until I tried to talk. what a mess, these fangs may look cool and the idea is great, but they have to work on them to make them more practical and find a way so that you can talk normally while wearing them, but all in all a nice try…

  • http://eBay stephen

    These things are literally the best thing since sliced bread! No kidding! I bought a pair for me and my sister so I could take her out at Haloween and we scared the life outta the neighbours wearing them! Although it took me a while to fix them they were great;the axle worked well, they retracted and detracted properly. The only thing I would say is about the talking; just go mute for the night! :) Other than that, fangtastic product (haha).

  • Bo Brooks

    These things are pure crap. I ended up eating the $10 loss and getting some Scarecrow fixed fangs. I guess if I wanted to spend the time messing with them, they’d be ok, but that’s just it. They’d only be a sub-standard effect. All in all, it was a waste of time and money, but if the company improved them, it would be worthwhile as many people seem to like the effect. Let’s see which way the company goes; quick money for one season, or improving their product for continued business from previous consumers.

  • Soulstar

    These have great potential, and the flimsy plastic worked to my advantage, because, just like a previous poster, I filed down the edges of the tooth wells, cut back the tongue bar, shortened the fangs and slimmed them (I’m a girl so I needed them to be a little more subtle), and used a wood carving tool to hollow out the back of each tooth a little more to accomodate the front of my eye teeth a little better. They do scratch your gums, so you might want to do the petroleum jelly trick. Sounds like a lot of work, but it was worth it and they are such a crowd pleasure!

    • mara

      These fangs SUCKED..they are such a different color than regular teeth …and the look fake..they look nothing like the video ..the top bar in which the fangs are attached to comes down along with the fangs every time I tough the bar with my tongue ..which doesn’t look good …. i will never wear these out in public….the product was very cheap and looked nothing like the video very upset with vamp fangs ..cause i was looking forward to being a vampire for Halloween but not now

  • Shadow_VampireXxX

    How much do these fangs cost? can i get them in canada?? If you could tell me these things that would be great! Thanks alot!!

    • Deni

      I actually got mine on ebay for about half the price the vamp fangs website was selling them. They’re the same thing. On ebay (just search for FX retractable fangs) they are about $10 plus shipping, on vampfangs they are $20 ( I believe ) plus the shipping.

      Mine still fit awkward, but after cutting the sides down on the tooth wells, filing back the movement bar so it would fit more properly inside my mouth. They work fine now after a little adjusting with some scissors and a nail file. Still, talking with them in is a challenge and they do make your mouth sore after a while.

      Best of luck if you do order them, and try different things to get them to fit your mouth more comfortably.

  • Deni

    I recently got some of these and for a fairly cheap price. Really, I figured if it was a bust, then I wouldn’t lose any sleep over them not working. First off, I had to file down several sharp corners where the molding was off from the factory. So, shoddy craftsmanship. Check. Second, the ‘dental putty’ for the fitting, what some I don’t suppose know, is if you leave this stuff in the hot water, i.e. near boiling, long enough, the putty is the same temp as the water. I’ve managed scalding my gums already. The corners of the tooth wells are incredibly sharp. I’m going to try using a little rotary file to make them smaller and see if it helps, so far the molds are fine, but won’t hold, just make a nice impression of my molars.

    As far as wearing them and looking semi normal? Wearing them feels like biting down with plastic cutlery on your back teeth. It’s insanely uncomfortable. Like I’d stated before, for what I paid for them, I’m not worried, but I suggest someone wanting more functional fangs to either go for some of the tooth-cap style fangs or if you have the dough to splurge, take the FX fangs to an orthodontist and see what they’d charge to make you a set the same way they do for retainers.

  • CJ

    i got them and had a very hard time just getting them to fit my teeth. the part that molds to your teeth kept fallng upside down. and when i went to put it back in wouldn’t fit right. i also had problems sliding the teeth down because when i did you could see the plastic the teeth was connected to.

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  • ryan

    these fangs are good but i have all the problerms that u are talking about and so yea they r ok for what u pay on them i guess but they could be better

    • aireaunna

      i bought two pairs,
      i had problems and still having problem, my mouth seems to be too small for them, i had to remold about 6 times. i ave a very difficult time placing them in, then they dont want to come down once i get them down one will go up and the other will stay in place.
      my husband had same problem with the fangs hurting the gums.