Set in the wilds of suburban Canada, GINGER SNAPS follows two sisters, Bridgette and Ginger, who share a morbid fascination with death and destruction. On the night of the full moon, the two set out to get their revenge on one of the mean girls from school, when Ginger is attacked by The Beast of Bailey Downs, a werewolf. Soon, Ginger begins experiencing sudden changes: new hair, bleeding, an increased sex drive, and even a new tail! It is up to Bridgette to find a cure or stop Ginger before she gives in to her bloodthirsty new desires and becomes a snarling beast!
GINGER SNAPS is unquestionably one of the smartest, wittiest, and most unique werewolf offerings in recent Horror. The film's brilliant writing is only further enhanced by Emily Perkins and Katherine Isabelle as the Fitzgerald sisters, whose cynical performances truly bring the dark nature of the material to life in a hilarious but understated fashion. Like THE COMPANY OF WOLVES before it, GINGER SNAPS takes the cycle of the werewolf and uses it as a metaphor for the girls' transformation into womanhood. By leaving out cell phones or any other modern technology, dressing the cast in a generic wardrobe, and his use of sepia tones, director John Fawcett has given the picture a timeless quality that doesn't show a single sign of aging now one decade after its initial release. The mournful musical score also lends a classic Gothic sound that recalls the Universal monster movies of the 30's and 40's.
Due to obvious limitations when dealing with costuming and practical FX, it is rare to see a quadrupedal creature that isn't born out of computer animation. While the wolves in GINGER SNAPS are rather stiff and oddly-shaped, it is still refreshing to see a physical beast that the characters can interact for a greater impact and reaction on-screen.
GINGER SNAPS is a modern classic, and a shining example when it comes to creating a superb Horror film on a limited budget.
If you liked GINGER SNAPS, check out:
THE COMPANY OF WOLVES, BLOOD MOON, WEREWOLF WOMAN.