True Blood’s Fang Controversy

September 8, 2010 by  

Vampire fans like authenticity with every detail that concerns their blood sucking friends and True Blood fans are no exception. While the show has garnered much success and praise, there is one detail fans question: the placement of vampire fangs in True Blood.

Most fans of the vampire genre are used to having fangs on the cuspids but Bill, Eric, and the rest have their fangs on their laterals. Why is that? First off, fang placement has been quite arbitrary and has changed throughout the years.

For example, take a look at the 1922 film Nosferatu: he looks like an overgrown mole rat with his fangs placed on the two front incisors. Later on, the Lost Boys took the lateral look like the vamps Sookie is so fond of. Sometimes, the vampire image goes on fang overdrive as seen in 30 Days of Night were every tooth is a sharp point.

If all of these vampire films and shows took creative license as to where the fangs are placed, how come True Blood creator Alan Ball chose the lateral placement. In an interview with NPR, he said,

“We created fangs that actually lie flat along the roof of the mouth and then click into place when a vampire is in danger or aroused or ready to feed, much like a rattlesnake’s fangs click into place. Then we put the fangs not with the four front teeth between them, but with only two because it worked better for the physiology of the rattlesnake, the snake fang working…and I like that, because it looks a little different. It doesn’t look like the classic thing.”

It also helps people watching at home see the fangs; the vamps living in Bon Temps would have to grimace a lot more in order to scare their prey. With fangs placed on the laterals, all they have to do is open their mouths slightly and those fangs shine through, scaring the person in front of them and the ones at home watching.

Source:–Are True Blood Vamps’ Fangs on the Wrong Teeth?

(Photo Credit: HBO  Inc)