Ginger Snaps

Ginger Snaps

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Director: John Fawcett

Cast: Emily Perkins, Katharine Isabelle, Kristopher Lemche

     
 

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In the generic Canadian suburb of Bailey Downs live Ginger (Katharine Isabelle) and Brigitte (Emily Perkins), 15-year-old sisters committed to introversion, menstruation anxiety, and terminal misanthropy. Three years late for their first period, they spend their time staging gruesome death scenes for their own amusement, amidst the willful ignorance of their

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In the generic Canadian suburb of Bailey Downs live Ginger (Katharine Isabelle) and Brigitte (Emily Perkins), 15-year-old sisters committed to introversion, menstruation anxiety, and terminal misanthropy. Three years late for their first period, they spend their time staging gruesome death scenes for their own amusement, amidst the willful ignorance of their relentlessly perky mother (Mimi Rogers). On the night Ginger finally gets her period, the sisters are attacked in the woods by a ferocious creature that may have some connection to "The Beast of Bailey Downs," a predator currently disemboweling its way through the local dog population. The girls survive the attack, and Ginger's wounds heal quickly, but her attitude grows even more bizarre, as hair sprouts from her scars and a tail grows from her spine. Adding to the terror, she starts dating boys. A panicked Brigitte forces herself to befriend Sam (Kris Lemche), the high school pot supplier, whose brand of ganja may be the only cure for Ginger's troubling ailment. ~ Rebecca Flint Marx

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
More often than not, the teen horror genre is packed with used ideas and paint-by-number bimbos offering nothing more than targets on their well-developed bodies and underdeveloped brains. It's good, then, to see a feminist coming-of-age film like Ginger Snaps come out of nowhere and throw those stereotypes in the toilet. Centering the movie around two of the best young female leads since Heavenly Creatures, writer Karen Walton brings teen angst to a new level with the characters of Ginger and Brigitte. By combining puberty and werewolves, Walton brings a fresh concept to the table alongside an equally engaging and funny script. As great as the writing is, this film really rests on the flawless performances of its two leads, under director John Fawcett's helpful guiding hand. Katharine Isabelle and Emily Perkins should be commended for their performances as they are smart and completely believable as the two sisters slowly become more and more detached from one another. Horror-hounds should be happy that the film doesn't wuss out gore-wise either. This being a scary werewolf flick (about menstruation no less), blood is essential in this story, and you get it in spades here. That said, the effects work in the film should be given kudos for the use of practical effects instead of the all-too-easy CG route -- even if the final werewolf design isn't as up to snuff as one would hope it would be. Either way, Ginger Snaps is a classy, stylish effort that works for its scares through strong characters and ingenious twists to the werewolf subgenre.
Village Voice
...John Fawcett's Ginger Snaps is imagined with enough savage wit to count as an act of genre resuscitation. Attuned to teenspeak cadences, fascinated by the complex bonds of sisterhood, and not entirely averse to body-horrific gore, this Canadian cheapie plays like an above-average Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode, filtered through the sensibility of early David Cronenberg. Dennis Lim
Fangoria - Michael Gingold
...Ginger Snaps covers much more ambitious territory than the usual lycanthropicture. Yet Fawcett and Walton never condescend to the genre or pretend they're not making a horror film; it's full-blooded (in every sense of the word) and honors the genre's traditions even as it slants them to new dramatic ends.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/22/2005
UPC:
0687797601896
Original Release:
2000
Rating:
NR
Source:
Alchemy / Millennium
Time:
1:49:00
Sales rank:
20,851

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Emily Perkins Brigitte
Katharine Isabelle Ginger
Kristopher Lemche Sam
Mimi Rogers Pamela
Jesse Moss Actor
Peter Keleghan Actor
John Bourgeois Actor
Nick Nolan Actor

Technical Credits
John Fawcett Director,Original Story
Thom Best Cinematographer
Fred Brennan Sound Editor
Lea Carlson Costumes/Costume Designer
Todd Cherniawsky Production Designer
Robin D. Cook Casting
Karen Lee Hall Producer
Steven Hoban Producer
Paul Jones Makeup
Garret Kerr Sound Editor
Mishann Lau Sound/Sound Designer
David McCallum Sound/Sound Designer
Robert McGee Casting
David McLennan Asst. Director
Linda Philips-Palo Casting
Linda Phillips-Palo Casting
Donna Powell Sound Editor
Robert Fletcher Sound/Sound Designer
Mike Shields Score Composer
Brett Sullivan Editor
Orest Sushko Sound/Sound Designer
Jane Tattersall Sound Editor
Karen Walton Original Story,Screenwriter
Robert Warchol Sound Editor

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Ginger Snaps 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
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This movie is suprisingly witty, darkly funny, and actually disturbing. In the spirit of AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON, this movie is one of the few of the werewolf genre that actually delivers. A must see for any true horror movie buff!
Guest More than 1 year ago
After over 20 years since the last awesome werewolf movie was released, (An American Werewolf In London), we have something to compare it to. This movie was a wonderful surprise. Begining with it's witty title, then slowly taking us through her day by day transition until the next full moon, (which makes you imagine how it would really be), building up to the climax of the fully transformed werewolf- which was by far the best looking since A.A.W.I.L. Ending with leaving us feelig the same sadness and doom as we felt for David Kessler and Nurse Price. Tense, funny and sad and keeping us wondering and HOPING for a sequel that can match up. After all, isn't the 'Vampire Movie' card about played out and time for the revival of the Werewolf thrillers?
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ginger Snaps is a fantastic movie. It starts out a little morbid, but that only goes to enhance the film overall. The characters are very well played, especially Pam. It's funny, sad, and scary, which makes it more unique than most horror/thriller films. This is one of the only films that stunned me so much, I had to just sit there and watch the credits. The musical score is great also, perfect for the movie. Ginger Snaps is highly recommended to anyone wanting to see a good horror/thriller movie. It's a shame it didn't get a wider release.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I tend not to like lots of movies but I loved this one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great gory movie with a hint a comedy. I just had to have it. Very scary witty movie, somewhat of a dark comedy/horror. This is one of my favorite movies.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this movie. Canada really impressed me here, usually you don't see great horror movies from Canada. But this was outstanding. You must see this flick
Guest More than 1 year ago
The old full moon could've fooled me before I saw this movie. 'Ginger Snaps' has a whole theory, feel, and meaning of it's own. Throwing away the old wise tales of werewolves and twisting them in with the true magic of nature it definitely made top charts on my favorite movies list. The sisters will charm you in a demented way until you find yourself drawn to them, and rooting for them through the good and bad. A total shocker for those unprepared and a wonderful horror flick to turn heads of your movie-night-aquaitences.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is incredible. Very gothic, clever, and cool. And im pretty sure that Emily Perkins is littl Beverely from the movie 'It'
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great movie. I love to watch it more then a thousand times. And I love it because it's a horror film and I love horror films.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I watched this after seeing the prequel and understood some stuff like how they got those weird tooth from animal looking necklaces around their necks including the pact/promise they made to each other of together forever. This movie was pretty good and the werewolves were scary especially the part where Ginger gets bitten more than once and slowly starts to develop some side effects after the horrible experince. Then its up to her younger sister Brigette and her 'friend' to help Ginger find an andidote before its too late.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was one of the better movies i have seen. Emily Perkins i belive is beverly from it. i think that anyon for a tase for blood and love has to see this. and not to forget the divine relatioships of a sisterhood. a Great werewolf movie indeed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really have to say that this has got to be the best teen horror since Carrie. This is a more clever horror movie than any of the horrors of the time of this release. This is a horror that depicts teenage angst, awkwardness, and what no other horror movie has dared to do, go into the topic of the female body and functions. It's a clever and very witty film of teenage life and it's not only a bloodfest without meaning, this actually shows what teenagers have to go through and the anxiety that they feel and how insecure they are, just like Carrie so perfected. Take away Carrie's telekinesis and add a little werewolf, and this is what you get.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A scary teen movie that has you by the throat. The best werewolf film since the Howling.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the best teen movies ever made this movie will have you wanting to the see the 2nd and 3rd movies however i think this movie is the best out of them all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This Movie is special for a lot of reasons. i have to begin with the fact that it is one of the first horror movies In a very long to evoke the Body Horror of the 80s. After a long string of annoying Teen Slasher films, we are finally treated to a lovely monster film with purpose. By Body Horror, i am refering to the various transformation/ virus horror films of the 70s and 80s. The things that frighten us are the changes in our bodies and minds. The Original Cat People was one of the first films to do this, and Ginger snaps evokes images of that film in such a beautiful way. beyond That, Ginger snaps is also one of the funniest horror movies made in a while. i always thought that horror and comedy work very well together. The Comedy only Reinforces the horror. I highly recommend it.
Chancie More than 1 year ago
In the film, you follow sisters Brigitte and Ginger. One night, Ginger is attacked by an wolf-like creature and slowly, she begins to show animalistic behaviors and features...such as a tail and fur. Now, the two are trying to find a way to save her before she turns into one of them and loses her human mind forever.

Now, I can't say this is the best movie I've ever seen but I did enjoy it. It's definitely a B-movie and many people will probably be tempted to just put it back on the shelf and walk away but it really is worth watching. The graphics for the werewolves and even for the dead things you'll see in this movie aren't exactly top notch but they're not plain out awful.
Of course, like in any horror-genre movie, you'll see things that you'll probably chuckle at and roll your eyes, since it's so "believable." One moment that comes to mind...someone gets attacked and basically bleed probably 3 bodies worth of blood, yet when they're seen again, they're still alive! Yep. That stuff. Now don't let that steer you away from the movie because it's not that. I'm simply saying it does have its shares of those moments.

Then you have the parts that are just flat out creepy to watch, such as the photography the two girls use for school. They're photos of death, each one being of one of them having been killed by something. And it looks a little too realistic. Can we say creepy?

The plot is basic, yes. About the same as any other werewolf movie you might expect. But there's something about this one that makes it stand out. It's truly a good movie. Some may find it stupid but I honestly think most will find it to be mediocre to great, somewhere in between.

Here you have a movie that's:
- Heavy on gore
- Pretty good on character development
- Generic on plot (nothing that goes Wow!)
- Fair on the creepy-ness

Despite the downsides, I do recommend this movie. It's fresh for the werewolf topic that's been beaten like a dead horse and it really seems to bring something new to the table. Don't pass it up. It really is a good horror flick that many seem to overlook.
bleedingelement More than 1 year ago
Okay so first off I like the movie.....I like the part where in the beginning of the movie as the movie is rolling in the credits....as a viewer you start to see blood...as the girls made a movie for a class project...you see them in weird odd places that represent death.....you start to get a feel of sisterly bonding...then as the movie goes about the transformation of the sister becoming a werewolf and how the other sister tries not to lose her sister...this movie is great...i love the them song to it and i recommend other people to watch it!
moonflower44005 More than 1 year ago
good moive,but If I were you I would watch the 3rd first then 1st and 2nd moive.
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