Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning

Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning

3.8 12
Director: Grant Harvey

Cast: Emily Perkins, Katharine Isabelle


Bridget (Emily Perkins) and Ginger (Katharine Isabelle) are back in Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning, a 19th century prequel to the first two successful entries in the Ginger Snaps film series. The film finds the doomed sisters wandering the wilderness when they stumble across a broken down outpost whose supplies have been cut off for nearly two months.…  See more details below


Bridget (Emily Perkins) and Ginger (Katharine Isabelle) are back in Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning, a 19th century prequel to the first two successful entries in the Ginger Snaps film series. The film finds the doomed sisters wandering the wilderness when they stumble across a broken down outpost whose supplies have been cut off for nearly two months. Sadly, while they've been waiting, they've also been dying -- not of starvation, but from werewolf attacks. While Bridget recovers from an unfortunate encounter with a bear trap, the two lone women in the camp are faced with growing hostility stemmed from the fire and brimstone preacher (Hugh Dillon from the Canadian punk rock band the Headstones) and a dangerous secret that lands Ginger back in werewolf land once again. With tensions rising as the bloodthirsty creatures try to break down the fort walls, how will the group react when one of its own starts becoming the one thing that they want to keep out?

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All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
After the strange disappointment that was Ginger Snaps 2, the series semi-successfully shifted its gears with this prequel
evisit of the first film set back in the 19th century. Working more like a Grimm's Fairy Tale than a straight-up horror flick, Grant Harvey's directorial debut is a stunning piece to soak up, realized with an eye that his Canadian sensibilities bring to his country's gorgeous setting. Katharine Isabelle and Emily Perkins return to their roles admirably, although Perkins does tend to get the short end of the character stick in this one. The pair injects small amounts of modern flair into this period piece that act as a nice bridge between the film's universes, but are more than off-putting when certain contemporary profanities are uttered. Eventually, what makes Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning work best is the setup -- a colonial outpost besieged by werewolves. Add a little bit of bloody Indian mysticism in there and you have a tasty fright flick that's finely executed with an ensemble cast that's more than capable of handling the material. Just like most werewolf flicks (and the rest of the series), the creature effects supplied by the respected KNB Effects team do come off as a little goofy, with the four-legged beasts resembling circus performers with stilts for front legs (probably because they are!). Thankfully, they are hidden well by some quick cuts that work well here, but tend to be a little much when thrown in for flashback reasons. Unlike previous films, the feminist slant is played down, as are most elements of the cunning use of black comedy, replaced instead by atmosphere and in-your-face creep-outs that are certainly effective, but just a tad shy of what drew fans to the original film.

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Special Features

Closed Caption; Deleted scenes with optional commentary; Director commentary; Director's video diary; "Wolfboy" special effects make-up and stunt rehearsal featurette; "Blood, Guts and Fire" death scene featurette; Production design walk-through; Costume design; Behind the scenes sneak peek; Fun on the set featurette; 5.1 Dolby Digital audio; 2.0 Dolby stereo audio; 16:9 widescreen version; English and Spanish subtitles

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Prologue/ Main Titles [3:28]
2. Sisterhood [4:38]
3. Welcome to Civilization [5:22]
4. Fort Tragic [4:29]
5. Waiting for Something [4:24]
6. Bump in the Night [5:13]
7. Crashing the Gates [4:13]
8. The Black & the Red [3:26]
9. Almost Home [4:35]
10. Reaping What We Sow [3:29]
11. Lost to the Fire [4:47]
12. Bound by Blood [6:40]
13. An Introduction to God [4:01]
14. Ginger's Choice [4:46]
15. It's too Late [7:23]
16. Now and Wendigo [:00]
17. This Mortal Life [6:01]
18. Come Closer [4:26]
19. Together Forever [4:38]
20. End Credits [4:38]


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Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
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I just saw this movie and it is wonderful in all possible meanings of the word! It shows kindof a back story to how the werewolf curse got started. All in all, it is a fantastic movie! I highly recommend it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I never heard about this until I saw a preview of it during commericals. So I watched this first and was suprised and sastisfied. It was entertaining with the werewolves and the conflicts between the girls and the costumes were awesome including the special effects. If you haven't seen the Ginger Snaps movies yet then see the prequel first then you'll understand something from this one and then you can understand something else from the other two.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Big horror fan. When I saw the first one, I was impressed, I had no idea there where two more. Out of the three, this one was the best of them all. Great story (in all three) dealing with the relationship of sisters and the love they have for each other fighting the horrors of one turning into a werewolf. Can't recommend a better set of movies to watch if you're a fan of the werewolf. One other thing I realy loved about these movies, the turning concept - no &quot fullmoon&quot stuff here, this change is a permanent one. A good change of pace from the normal werewolf movies. A concept making the loss of the loved one turning even worse. Once they change, they're gone for good.
Chancie More than 1 year ago
Ok, ok, it's not exactly like the first one...but it sure seems that way for the first hour.
It's Ginger and Brigitte once again, only...they're in the 1900's. Strange, hm? Well, there's no explanation. Why in the world are the same characters played by the same people there? Well...we never know. So, when you watch this, make sure you pretend you never saw the others, yes? That part will just make more sense.

It's not deathly boring but it's slow. And unfortunately, you can see just about every "surprise" coming from about a mile away. The performances are fairly good with a few moments that make you roll your eyes, however. The special effects took a serious hit this time around. I would say between the three, the second had the best effects. can see it very clearly when the wolves walk. Oi. x_x

As for the plot...bit of a repeat of the first. Brigitte and Ginger, after getting lost, are brought to a group of people who have pretty much built a giant fort around their homes to protect themselves from the "creatures" (Think about that a second. What are these movies about...?) that lurk outside, soon discovered after a group of their people never returned. It doesn't take long before Ginger is bitten and she starts to change. An old woman tells them, in order to save herself, Ginger must kill the one that bit her.

That's about it for plot. Without spoilers, of course.
Anyways, probably the worst of the three. Like I said, it wasn't awful but not fantastic either. Probably worth seeing if you've seen the other two. If you haven't seen them yet, don't watch this first. See the originals /then/ watch this one.
Onyx_Prince More than 1 year ago
I first watched this on TV and didn't relize this was the last one.Any way's,I loved it! And can watch it over and over again. It's a great movie for a stay at home weekend with friend's. I recommend this movie to any horror fan.
moonflower44005 More than 1 year ago
this is the ony werewolf moive I truly love and could watch over and over! I rented this moive at family video about 13 times! I relized I needed to buy it when I walked in the family video and one of the regular workers walks over to the g's and brought it to the counter for me! Which was funny becouse i was going to rent it again. If you like to watch werewolf moives )like me) you would know that it is vary hard to find a good werewolf moive, SO watch this!!!
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