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Ginger Snaps (2001)



Critic Consensus: The strong female cast and biting satire of teenage life makes Ginger Snaps far more memorable than your average werewolf movie -- or teen flick.

Movie Info

In this modern werewolf tale, sisters Ginger and Brigitte are ostracized by their town because of their morbid inclinations. Soon after being attacked by a wolf, Ginger begins to exhibit strange nocturnal behavior. Now Brigitte must decide whether to save herself or join Ginger in otherworldly doings.more
Rating: R
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Karen Walton
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 23, 2001
DEJ Productions - Official Site


Emily Perkins
as Brigitte
Peter Keleghan
as Mr. Wayne
Lindsay Leese
as Nurse Ferry
Wendii Fulford
as Ms. Sykes
Nick Nolan
as Creature & Gingerwol...
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Critic Reviews for Ginger Snaps

All Critics (55) | Top Critics (10)

A smart, resourceful, and wickedly funny teen-horror film that reinvents the werewolf myth as a potent metaphor for pubescent angst and humiliation.

Full Review… | October 7, 2013
AV Club
Top Critic

A quietly subversive my-sister-is-turning-into-a-werewolf movie that doesn't wimp out at the end.

Full Review… | September 24, 2007
Top Critic

This isn't just a good horror movie, it's a good movie. Period.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

An uncommonly intelligent fright film, one that unnerves you at a very deep, primal level.

Full Review… | August 5, 2014
Aisle Seat

A witty and intelligent exploration of what it means to become and live as a woman in middle-class suburbia.

Full Review… | October 7, 2013
Electric Sheep

Not squeamish? Like monsters? Go see.

Full Review… | October 7, 2013
Total Film

Audience Reviews for Ginger Snaps

"Ginger Snaps" is one of the first films that I have seen that glamourizes and sexualizes the lore of the lycan. The film stars horror staples Katharine Isabelle and Emily Perkins as sisters in a quaint suburb that is being terrorized by a beastly wolf. One of the sisters is attacked by the animal and starts exhibiting strange signs: she gets her period late in life, she changes appearance, and her behavior veers towards sexual, she wants for bloodlust, and she starts growing long thick hair over her entire body. Katharine Isabelle has since become a horror icon, and in this, her most memorable role, she shines as the confused, sex-driven werewolf in conversion. She and her slightly younger sister (Perkins) are also obsessed with death and all its hideousness, which makes the characters that much more complex and grim. There's a lot of blood and gore throughout the film, but most of the "horror" lies in the transformation of Isabelle's character from girl to lycan. If you enjoy slightly exploitative forms of horror, with serious monster makeup, this is definitely the film for you.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer


There's a lot of reasons why this film is more memorable than other teen horror movies. For one thing, everything in Ginger Snaps is kept consistent including, the frights, the irony and the belly aching laughs. The lead duo give it all they've got and that's rarely seen in this type of movie. Backed up with a decent script, an array of likable and real characters and a cleverly built in social commentary, Ginger Snaps suceeds beyond all other films with this over used premise. I'm really surprised this one was forgotten, because it's damn well the coolest one out there.

Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer


13/07/2010 (ONLINE)

My kind of "Chick Flick". This film is dreadfully good and the girls are absolutely what I like, they're dark, deliberate and deadly... indeed a dangerous combination.

It's been a while since I've seen a decent "horror flick" and I'm still pretty buzzed out about this movie. I saw the sequel years back and I've always wanted to see where it all started and I'm glad I finally did.

This is definitely one for them "Horror Heads" and indeed a treat!

EightThirty .

Super Reviewer

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