Sunday, October 10, 2010

Ginger Snaps (2000)

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.

Rating: 9/10.

If you liked GINGER SNAPS, check out:
THE COMPANY OF WOLVES, BLOOD MOON, WEREWOLF WOMAN.

12 comments:

  1. this film needed no other sequels... standed on it's own...
    iZombie

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  2. yay, one of the best werewolf movies in history. I just loves it!!

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  3. I loved this movie also and very refreshing over other teen horror movies as it is centered on the sisters close relationship instead of being romance or slasher/gore oriented.

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  4. I don't rate the film quite as high as you do, but it was good.

    But yeah, those sequels...

    Incidentally, I already reviewed them (*cheap plug*).

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  5. Loved this film and thought the sequels were O.K.; eventually my girls were old enough to watch these and loved them as well. Nice review Carl.

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  6. Cheap plut away Alec, but I'm sure you are well aware of the fact that the sequels are lined up for the next couple days =D

    Chris, you heading back in to Burbank this weekend? We are only going Saturday for a day trip to grab some autographs from Joe Bob Briggs and Frank Hennenlotter, just cant afford to spring $500 twice a year

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  7. Until you don't have four times my member count, it's a hard habit to resist, Carl.

    Seriously though, I don't envy you if you're going to endure 'Ginger Snaps 2' for the first time. It's...oh so bad. The third one is mildly-better, but just makes no sense at its core. It's just...it's hard to really say in a 'Spoiler Free' way.

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  8. I can save you the trouble since I have seen them both about 3-4 times, I still dont know why they went the direction they did in 2, but I dont mind 3..ish..

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  9. I think seeing 'Ginger Snaps 2' more than once qualifies as torture under the Geneva Convention. Good thing America ignores it, I guess.

    My big issue with 'Ginger Snaps 3' is that it just stands in the face of all logic. Aargh, I say.

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  10. But it does so with the combined sexual allure of both Katherine Isabelle and my lady love, Emily Perkins. *Fawn* My wife has Jerry Springer and Dan Akroyd (dont ask..), I have Emily Perkins *End Fawn*

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  11. I was honestly disappointed with this one, but it was totally different than I expected. Props to the filmmakers for catching me off guard starting in the opening credits! I also loved the somber, menacing score.

    However, I was expecting more...I guess action. I think we may have discussed this already when I reviewed it a while back. :)

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  12. Where did you fall on the comedic aspects of the film Becks? I immediately fell in love with the writing, even if there was little wolfery =D

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