Close your eyes.
A disembodied voice whispers: Imagine a monster. What did you see? Chances are your mental projection looked like some kind of toothy anatomical creature.
That image has been burned into our sub-consciousness ever since cave tigers tore our ancestors into edible fleshy ribbons. Humanity fears anything that involves a mouth full of teeth.
After all…our lives may depend on it.
Every predator needs a way to tear a living entity into edible pieces. Evolution came up with a damn good solution to the problem: a mouth. And it just so happens biologically engineered mouths are littered with strange geometric shapes: teeth.
We all know what it feels like to be within the maw of a monster (even if our flesh is still intact).
Our ancestors were hunted by blood thirsty beasts, and the lesson of being chewed apart was instilled inside us all.
Why else would we flinch when we see some poor bastard being chomped to pieces? Blood ‘n’ guts may coat the scenario with unsightly gore, but our sympathy reminds us of our own mortality.
What better way to be reminded, then to see a maw full of teeth, or someone being chewed into delicious bits?
Literature and other forms of expression continued this instinctual drama…creatures crawled out of the womb of our fears: vampires, werewolves, dragons—they all have something in common—teeth.
These monsters of ancient lore pull at our instinctual heart-strings, releasing a primal note of fear that reminds us what it’s like to be inside the monster’s maw.