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More a framing device than an actual camera technique, the "Mouth Cam" is a shot taken from a position that appears to be inside the mouth of one character as he, she or it faces or approaches another character. Most of the time, it is used when someone or something is about to or even is in the process of [[JustEatHim being eaten]]. It can be used for real horror if handled well enough.

Almost a DiscreditedTrope these days, although it continues to be used in all seriousness.

Contrast with {{Mouthscreen}} and technical opposite EatTheCamera.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Shown in one scene in an episode of ''Anime/{{Gigantor}}'' from inside Dr. Katzmeow's mouth.
* Episode 1 of ''Anime/KujibikiUnbalance'' (which is the {{show within a show}} in the anime ''Manga/{{Genshiken}}'') has a MouthCam shot with a bit of InnocentInnuendo as one characters waits expectantly for another to feed her a mushroom, stem-first.
* Inside the jaws of a lizardman in ''Manga/RosarioToVampire''.
* Used in ''[[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood]]'' at one point within Gluttony's mouth.
* This trope is used sometimes in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' usually inside the Hollows mouths. It was also used with Nel when she pulls her Uvula.
* Used in episode 3 of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''. [[spoiler:[[Memes/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica HEADCHOMP]]]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* We get such a shot in the first album of the ''Series/{{Kaamelott}}'' comic adaptation, when Karadoc and Perceval are pursued by a big, ''undead skeleton sabertooth tiger''.
* In ''[[ComicBook/{{Action}} Hook Jaw]]'' there are many panels shown from inside the eponymous [[ThreateningShark man-eating great white shark]]'s mouth before he sinks his teeth into another human.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Done in ''Anime/MyNeighborTotoro'', where we get a look onto Mei from within Totoro's mouth. (pictured above.)
* The 2005 film ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}'' has a sequence where a clueless lion is trying to be friendly with a tiny primate, with a mouth cam shot used to show just how threatening he is unintentionally being.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsonsMovie'', we get a mouth cam shot of Homer eating a burger.
* This does happen in the ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail'' movies but only because Fievel is actually ''inside'' the mouth at the time.
* Used in ''Disney/WreckItRalph'', as Ralph interrogates Sour Bill, a minion of the film's main antagonist, by threatening to eat him.
* Happens in Disney's ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'', through Monstro's mouth as he swallows the raft with Pinocchio and Geppetto
* Used in ''Wolves, Witches, and Giants'' whenever the wolf eats someone.
* Briefly happens with Grimlock menacing a Sharkticon in ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie.'' Doubly amusing because the Sharkticon is basically a walking metal ball comprised largely of spikes and teeth that had previously been set up with piranha --like aggressiveness in swarms.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The ''Film/{{Jaws}}'' films, as noted above. Averted in the first one, but it was however used in the trailer.
* The "Dentist!" musical number from ''Film/LittleShopOfHorrors'' includes a sequence shot from inside a dental patient's mouth.
* The very bad film ''Ice Grill'' does a particularly unsavory variation, with a shot meant to appear as if it had been filmed through a character's fly.
* Used in the 2005 film ''Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' during [[spoiler: Willy Wonka's climactic visit to a dentist/his estranged father]].
* One appears in ''Film/StrangerThanFiction'' from Harold's mouth into the bathroom mirror as he brushes his teeth.
* In ''Film/{{Anaconda}}'' we get a mouth shot of the villain being swallowed by the titular creature.
* This trope is used in a rather squicky way in the low budget film ''Scar 3D''. The shot is within a teen girl's mouth while a knife [[GlasgowGrin cuts her cheek open.]]
* ''Film/OneCrazySummer'' parodies the ''Film/{{Jaws}}'' angle with a view from the mouth of the "rabid killer dolphin" submarine as it attacks the villain.
* Used towards the end of ''Alien 2: On Earth'', as one of the alien monsters attacks the protagonist.
* In the ''Film/DennisTheMenace'' film there's a shot from inside Mr. Wilson's mouth as Dennis is about to slingshot something in there while Mr. Wilson is asleep.
* In ''Film/DetroitRockCity'', the camera appears inside Gene Simmons' mouth as he's doing the tongue-wriggling during the Music/{{KISS}} concert.
* Used in ''Film/{{Shorts}}'', when Toe asks his alien friends to clean his teeth for him.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Edina's liposuction nightmare in ''Series/AbsolutelyFabulous''.
* Used in the ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}'' TV episode for "The Blob That Ate Everyone" before the blob eats [[spoiler:Adam]].

[[folder:Music videos]]
* In Music/SleaterKinney's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kc1htX3q-F0 "A New Wave"]], an AnimatedMusicVideo featuring the ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers'' characters, Tina Belcher is at one point framed by Carrie Brownstein's teeth.
* The music video for Music/FranzFerdinand's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rgo0TB08Tn0 "Darts of Pleasure"]] is shot largely from the perspective of singer Alex Kapranos' mouth. It features a variety of different shots including Alex brushing his teeth, drinking, and making out with countless women.
* Music/{{Bjork}}'s music video for her song "Mouth Mantra" provides a rather...unique twist on this trope. Not only does a large part of the video consist of the inside of her mouth, but it was shot using a 360-degree camera. The result is a bizarre, distorted motion of the camera constantly panning around her mouth.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Battleborn}}'', Kelvin's POV is actually a view from inside his mouth, odd considering he clearly has eyes in the normal human position.
* Present in some video games with playable toothy monsters, such as skulks in ''Natural Selection'' and the Kabuto in ''Giants: Citizen Kabuto''. Ostensibly being first-person views, it does seem to imply that their eyes actually are within their mouths.
* Also pops up in ''VideoGame/GhoulsVsHumans'' for most of the Ghoul classes (they're huge floating heads who usually attack by biting/screaming/breathing something out of their mouths).
* ''The Cave Of Bad Dreams'' level in ''VideoGame/{{Rayman 2}}'' uses this when the Guardian of the Cave catches up to Rayman and chases him down a slippery slide, with the camera switched to a POV shot of the Guardian's mouth, sharp teeth dripping with saliva and all. It's very effective.
* In ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClank 3'', during the boss fight against the Mother Tyrrhanoid, there is a sequence where the camera takes up residence inside her head. It's very definitely not her POV, because all her eyes are on eyestalks. It's not a typical MouthCam either, as no teeth or lips are visible at the edge of the screen. On the other hand, her mouth is probably big enough that you wouldn't see them... Unusual also in that she's not trying to eat Ratchet, she's trying to shoot him.
* If you're playing as an Franchise/{{Alien}} in the ''VideoGame/AliensVsPredator'' video games, teeth will appear on the top and bottom of the screen if you've lined up a [[BoomHeadshot headbite]] on an unlucky victim.
* Two of them (in the mouths of manatees), both in ''VideoGame/TalesOfMonkeyIsland Chapter 3: Lair of the Leviathan'': one when Guybrush is approaching the cave guarded by a female manatee, and one near the end of the chapter, [[spoiler:as the Giant Manatee approaches to swallow De Cava and his crew in the Howler Monkey]].
* The Rockgagan in ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces'' gets one as it lunges towards the party in a successful attempt to devour them.
* A [[PlayedForLaughs hilarious]] part of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVTYFJZgdUE the gimmick]] of ''VideoGame/TableForOne'', along with a... shall we say, challenging case of MindOverMatter.
* PlayedForLaughs in ''VideoGame/KillerIsDead''. Brian [[spoiler: gets hit by a train and horribly injured]] and winds up spending the money for repairs on ''way'' more than just keeping himself in good condition, getting himself entirely plated in gold. At the end of the cutscene we get a mouth cam of his laugh to show that he's also replaced off of his (formerly normal) teeth with gold as well.

[[folder:Web Originals]]
* Jake Roper of ''{{WebVideo/Vsauce}}'' does this in his video ''How Much Can You Eat?'' as Jake is about to take a bite out of a talking taco, the shot going as far as including Jake's tongue piercing.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'', "Op TEETH", has a MouthCam shot of Numbuh Three licking a lollipop within a [[NauseaFuel plaque filled mouth]].
* One Creator/BillPlympton short or another sees a date progress, from the viewpoint of the back of the mouth. It ends well.
* Happens in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Unlimited'' in "The Once and Future Thing" part 2-- we get a nice shot of the inside of the hyena-man's toothy maw.
* There are a few in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', usually of Appa's mouth. There also some within Sokka's mouth, once where a spider has made its web while he was asleep and another when he insists that there was a wart on his "throat flap."
* In one of the episodes of ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'', where they're filming a video, Ed randomly [[EatTheCamera swallows the camera]] (shouting "Man the helms! DIVE, DIVE!"), ending up in a shot from inside his stomach as Edd digs it back out.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''
** The Ursa Minor in "Boast Busters" exhibits this shot.
** Big Macintosh gets one in "Filli Vanilli".
** The camera positions itself inside Zecora's mouth briefly during her trip to the doctor's office in "A Health of Information".
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/StreetFighter'', Blanka attacks Guile with his biting attack. At this moment, we see a shot from inside Blanka's mouth as he comes closer.
* Done in "The Demon Within" episode of ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan'' from inside the mouth of an alligator mutraddi Ilana fights.
* Happens a couple times in ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}''.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'':
** A scene from the pilot "Tommy Pickles and the Great White Thing" has a shot from inside Phil's mouth. Co-creator Paul Germain credited director/animator Peter Chung as the TropeMaker because of that scene.
** Almost every episode would use this trope. Sometimes a shot would be used when characters are crying, eating or simply talking.
** The episode "Dummi Bear Dinner Disaster" has a scene where Susie first [[EatTheCamera eats the camera]] and then the camera swerves behind her uvula turning the shot into this trope.
* The ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' episode "I Scream, You Scream" starts on one from the inside of Isabella's mouth following a tonsillectomy.

[[folder: RealLife]]
* There's a (discredited) hypothesis that some ambush-hunting labyrinthodonts could rotate their eyeballs to look out through holes in their upper palate, in the manner of this trope, to judge when prey had come close enough to bite.