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Bloody (in more ways than one), but not bad
on February 11, 2004
The title is a stupid pun (Her name is Ginger, and she's a werewolf! Get it? Har, har!), but this is still a pretty good entry in the werewolf movie genre. Ginger and her sister Brigitte are sisters who are wrapped up in the whole "goth" lifestyle. They like to take pictures of each other posing as messy corpses. In an excellent scene, which perfectly captures the girls' terror, confusion, and love for each other, Ginger is attacked by a werewolf. A gradual transformation follows as she becomes more agressive in nature, shedding her black rags in favor of sexy clothes, causing the resentment of Brigitte and turning many heads at school.
The chemistry between the actresses playing the sisters is solid and emotional. The only real weak link in the cast is Mimi Rogers as their simpering mother. The script is edgy and fairly economical. The werewolf effects are far from stellar, but the movie should get some sort of acknowledgement for giving us perhaps the UGLIEST werewolf ever seen on screen. The ending is sad but predictable, as Ginger spirals towards her inevitable transformation and has a showdown with both some creeps at school and, more effectively, her terrified but beloved sister.
The biggest complaint I have about the movie is that it makes Ginger's menstruation a graphic plot point. I'm not one of those squeamish, stupid males who thinks that women's periods are "gross", but what is the movie trying to do with this information? The metaphor that puberty brings out "the animal" in a teen is not only transparent and trite, but a tad offensive, too. A movie that has many good things going for it shouldn't need to waste time on throwaway, trifling scenes like Ginger dripping blood from between her legs onto the bathroom floor, especially when the contribution of this scene to the plot is questionable. What's the point? Puberty can make siblings grow apart? Sure. But turning into a werewolf can't? I guess I don't get it. But those scenes aren't much of a distraction, so maybe I'll just shut up about it.
All in all, a pretty good werewolf movie. Certainly way better than trash like "Darkwolf."