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Like Carrie before it, Ginger Snaps uses horror-movie conventions as an inspired metaphor for puberty. When beautiful but reclusive goth teenager Ginger (Katharine Isabelle) is attacked by a monstrous wolf on the eve of her first period, her body starts changing in a big way, as do her suddenly lusty, feral appetites. Director John Fawcett masterfully balances the expectations of teen horror exploitation (blood, bodies, sex, smart dialogue, and good old-fashioned monster-movie scares) with clever black humor and tender sisterly solidarity. Only devoted sister Brigitte (gloomy Emily Perkins) knows the truth, and even as Ginger's abrupt transformation threatens their once unbreakable friendship, bonds of blood and love keep them together: Brigitte disposes of Ginger's victims while searching for a cure. Mimi Rogers costars as their dotty but unexpectedly sensitive mom, ready to sacrifice all to protect her daughter. Blood and blood ties have never been more evocative. --Sean Axmaker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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"Gingersnaps" is brilliantly filmed in bleak suburbia by Canadian John Fawcett (director of Taken, and Queer as Folk), and co-written by Fawcett and Karen Walton. The actresses are superb; Emily Perkins and Katharine Isabelle are perfect as misfit teenagers.
This hip underground horror film is substantial entertainment. It succeeds as a good quality werewolf film and it provides pithy cultural observations.
If you decide to buy the movie instead of renting it, buy the special collector's (Canadian) edition. It includes a lot of extra features that are not available on the regular edition. Ginger Snaps II is also available on DVD and is just as great as this movie. Ginger Snaps III (aka Ginger Snaps Back or Ginger Snaps: The Beginning) is being released on DVD in Canada in August 2004 and in US in September.
This is the first movie of the franchise, and it IS the best. The adolescent theme is well written with what we all expect from a coming-of-age horror movie... but this time, most of the characters are intelligent enough to avoid some of the worst clichés. the music is engaging, and both main actresses deliver different yet powerful performances as the two sisters who are almost best friends and once the terror strikes, they both experience a destructive split. Horror effects are well used and balanced into the story, instead of being a way of forcing a development. I was pleasantly surprised with the movie as it's most well-made.
This out of print edition is definitely the one to get (so far, but Scream Factory released info that they were working on a special Bly-ray/DVD edition of the same title). For the DVD at hand, the special features are quite interesting, informative and deliver on all fronts, if a bit messy at times.
I just love this movie, it's perfect for a few halloween scares and has this nice story that uses lycanthropy themes with coming-of-age teenagers... give this one a chance if you haven't already.
"Ginger Snaps" takes the old cautionary tale of Little Red Riding and turns it on its furry ear. Instead of Lon Chaney Jr. howling at the moon and chasing poor unsuspecting girls through the woods - enter the Fitzgerald sisters, Ginger and Brigitte (Katharine Isabelle and Emily Perkins) two slightly morbid, teenage sisters entering puberty who are about to experience "the curse," and put a whole new humorous lycanthropic spin on the phrase "that time of month." Ginger has "the bite" put on her by a werewolf while walking through the woods with her sister. She then begins to experience "the change" much to the horror of her younger sister Brigitte. Ginger begins experiencing cramps, ill temper, hair in strange places, and a new found "taste" for boys much to the horror of Brigitte who must hide her sister's secret, clean up the mess, and find a way to help end the terrible curse before Ginger "snaps" again!
"Ginger Snaps" is a horror at it's best. The film benefits greatly by a strong cast, particularly Perkins and Isabelle as the Fitzgerald sisters, Kris Lemche as a dope dealing, knight in shining armor/love interest, and Mimi Rogers - who is a real hoot playing a well meaning but ineffectual "Beaver Cleaver" house mom trying to help her teenage daughters deal with the trials of puberty.
Though Karen Walton and John Fawcett's script was written tongue in cheek - the film has many genuinely horrific moments. There is more than enough blood, gore and entrails here to keep any bonafide horror fan happy. That being said, because this Canadian film production had a tight budget, it relies primarily on acting, atmosphere and suspense building to deliver the scares - probably a plus rather than a minus.Read more ›
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Not many people know about these movies (there's 3), but those who have seen it rave about how good it is (which it is).Published 1 month ago by Rebecca Long
Having watched the bare bones US release several times, I finally found this and recommend it heartily to every fan of one of the best horror - or werewolf movies ever made. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Maori
Disappointed I thought it was all three movies considering the price.Published 4 months ago by Walter D. Tanner
Probably the best version of this film we're likely to ever get. I can only hope the (admittedly inferior) sequels will follow...Published 18 months ago by SirVincealot