Saturday, September 24, 2016

Ginger Snaps Movie Review 412

Ginger Snaps is a 2000 Canadian horror movie directed by John Fawcett and starring Emily Perkins and Katharine Isabelle.

In a place called Bailey Downs, two sisters, Brigitte(Perkins) and Ginger(Isabelle) have a strange bond. They are both fascinated with death and dying and they have made a suicide pact between them. They are out one night when Ginger is attacked by some sort of creature, namely a werewolf. The funny thing is that she has just began her period and this has led to her being chosen. A local guy called Sam(Kris Lemche) runs the creature over. Ginger is okay but she has been bitten by it. She decides to leave it and go home. Unfortunately, she begins to change from that night on. She is not the same person any longer. She is dangerous and she is changing and even growing a tail. Brigitte surmises that she is turning into a werewolf!

Sam and Brigitte try to come up with some solution to the problem, but nothing works.The local bully is at their house complaining because she thinks that Ginger did something to her dog when she has an accident and dies after a fight between the two girls. They don't know what to do now, so they hide her body in a freezer to keep their parents from finding out. The girls are in a bad position now. Ginger has to be stopped in case she kills someone, but she won't listen to reason and wants to go out and about. They bury the dead girl. Sam and Brigitte find a cure from monkshood, some kind of flower which is supposed to cure people who have been bitten. They are going to give it to Ginger,  but they don't get a chance because she is on the loose and she has transformed fully into a werewolf.

Brigitte and Sam chase her to try and stop her, but it is no use. She kills Sam in front of Brigitte and Brigitte has no choice but to kill Ginger when she attacks her. The movie ends with the two sisters together, one dead and the other one crying. This was a weird film in some ways. It is kind of a teen movie, but then there are some gory scenes, so it is more than just another horror movie geared at kids. It was made on a modest budget and the movie reflects this. There are some good scenes in it and I like the premise. It was entertaining and worth seeing. I haven't watched the sequels yet, but I will get around to them some time. I will give this a 6/10.


Tony Briley said...

I loved all of the Ginger Snaps movies, with the original being my favorite followed by Ginger Snaps Back. Unleashed, the second one, was good but it didn't have me drawn in as much as the other two, especially the first one.

While they are all lower budget, I thought it fit well with the drab and dreary outdoors and obsessed with death attitude of the sisters. Watching the Twilight movies, I see a lot of resemblance to the Ginger Snap movies in that area. Maybe it's because of the setting, but to me Twilight seemed to copy it quote a bit, in both scenery and pacing.

I'd give GS a 9/10, maybe an 8/10 at the least. Even with you giving it a 6 I think you would enjoy the other movies enough it wouldn't make it seem like a waste of time.

The third is more of a stand alone movie than the second, so you could watch it and skip unleashed and not miss anything, since GS Back is a prequel. But I'd still recommend watching part 2, everyone has different tastes and you might like it even more than the first. I'd love to see reviews if you watch them.

Thanks for the review, it brings back one of my favorite movie quotes, and comes from Ginger-

"Then you'll just have to distract her while I nab the pooch and make with the gore."

Amanda said...

I happened to see Ginger Snaps on TV a while back.I knew nothing about it so I was going in with an open mind.I liked it.It was different from the usual teen crap and it had a decent amount of gore.I can't comment on Twilight or any of those movies as that doesn't appeal to me really.I never really bothered with all of that.I would be interested in seeing the sequels based on your recommendation and I will try and get my hands on them and I will certainly review this space!

Anonymous said...

Awesome, I look forward to the reviews. And I want it noted I was FORCED to go see Twilight and I did not like it!

Amanda said...

Ha ha.I understand!I would have to be forced to see those movies too!

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