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Ginger Snaps (2000)



Average Rating: 7.4/10
Reviews Counted: 54
Fresh: 48 | Rotten: 6

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


Average Rating: 7.1/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 1

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



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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


Mystery & Suspense, Horror

Oct 23, 2001

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All Critics (54) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (48) | Rotten (6) | DVD (20)

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

September 24, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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This isn't just a good horror movie, it's a good movie. Period.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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The ideas are thin, and the scene-by-scene execution of them is bumbling.

March 19, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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A superbly realized take on the perils of being different in a world that demands conformity.

November 23, 2001 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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It deserves a cult following among satire-loving, feminist-minded gore aficionados who appreciate a well-made human tail.

November 13, 2001 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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Canada. Werewolves. It's the smartest and funniest scary movie in a long time -- and a true feminist horror film.

October 26, 2001 Full Review Source:
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A witty and intelligent exploration of what it means to become and live as a woman in middle-class suburbia.

October 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Electric Sheep
Electric Sheep

Not squeamish? Like monsters? Go see.

October 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

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

October 7, 2013 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

In this highly sophisticated and disturbing Canadian horror movie, director John Fawcett transcends the banality of the werewolf formula with verve, well-paced action and genuine terror.

October 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

John Fawcett has directed "Ginger Snaps" with terrific flair, punctuating ominous moods with bursts of pitch-dark humor.

October 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

Very, very violent horror flick.

January 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Comments (2)
Common Sense Media

A good old-fashioned werewolf movie...

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

A stunning teen angst/werewolf film from 2001, this was the best lycanthrope movie since An American Werewolf in London.

June 18, 2008 Full Review Source: ESplatter

Successfully operates on dual levels -- as a horror movie and as a study of two sisters.

February 14, 2008 Full Review Source:

The movie is much at its best when dealing merely with suspicions, rather than when later laying out the lycanthropy and laying on the gore.

September 24, 2007 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

At last a horror film with real bite.

September 24, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4

For most of its running time the film toys with all the standard conventions, providing some really fun and surprising dialogue. It's when it devolves into a "boys" movie, when the creature is fully seen and the killing begins, the movie tanks...

June 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Scouts
Film Scouts

Ginger Snaps is a satisfying return to mythology, cheesy gore and fear for the horror film.

January 30, 2004 Full Review Source: Movie Views

Ginger Snaps finally represents nothing more than an overwhelming example of missed opportunity.

November 6, 2003 Full Review Source: Future Movies UK

Ginger Snaps is about as close to a new millennium Heathers as anyone has gotten.

January 7, 2003 Full Review Source: Hot Button
Hot Button

It's altogether devilishly cunning.

December 17, 2002 Full Review Source:

Despite the problems this plays as one of the better ones of the past couple years.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

A black comedy that nonetheless manages to tap into the sense of alienation and unfocused rage so prevalent in today's kids.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Audience Reviews for Ginger Snaps


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.
April 8, 2012
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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!
January 28, 2012

Super Reviewer

The prequel was a tiny bit too iritating for me. But I enjoyed the sequel.
I am not saying not watch it. It was just perhaps it was me. Well just like the Movie Bloody Mary, this will stay a Mystery why I didnt catch it.
November 28, 2011
Wahida K

Super Reviewer

Ginger Snaps, has almost everything I want in a werewolf film. Characters I can relate too? Check. Great scares? Check. A few laughs? Check. Great acting? Check. Meaningful message? Check. Granted, it has a few flaws but for the most part, this is a smart, dark, beautiful film that truly deserves it's cult status. It's one of the few feminist horror films out there that is actually REALLY good (Jennifer's Body is another great one, but that's a story for another day)

First of all, like I said, this movie has flaws. There isn;t a whole lot of action, and the kills, while being extremely bloody, are almost always off screen. Not to mention we don't even SEE Ginger/Werewolf until the end of the movie. For those expecting an action packed horror movie, you have come to the wrong place.

Fortunately, the good outweighs the bad. The actors were all really good, particularly Emily Perkins as Brigette, a social goth outcast who practically idolizes her older sister Ginger. She put plenty of energy and emotion into her performance. Katherine Isabelle did a great job as well as Ginger, she was very realistic in a role that was hard to make seem real.

I think the best thing about this film is that I connect with the characters. Both Brigette and Ginger (Mostly Brigette) are bullied mercilessly at school. Ginger, on the other hand, fights back against the system against her. She kicks the dogs of popular kids and beats the crap out of the meanest girl in school Trina. Never have I respected a character as much as I respect Ginger from "Ginger Snaps".

"Ginger Snaps" does have an incredibly scary werewolf, once we can actually see it. For a movie that had such a low budget, they really managed to create a cool, and downright creepy looking monster.

However, the best thing about this movie is probably the relationship between the two sisters. "Out by 16 or dead on the scene, together forever" as they say. They have a friendship as close as any cinematic friendship I've ever seen, which becomes increasingly difficult as Ginger's lycanthropy causes her to become more sexually active, popular and extremely violent.

While "Ginger Snaps" may not be as good as "The Wolfman" it is an amazing movie in it's own right. It has wit, humor and meaning, especially towards the end. I loved it.
November 4, 2011
Marc L.
Marc Lewis

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    1. Pamela: Jesus Christ on a bicycle!
    – Submitted by Meg B (17 months ago)
    1. Ginger: I said I'd die for you!
    2. Brigitte: No. You said you'd die with me. Cause you had nothing better to do.
    – Submitted by Virginia L (2 years ago)
    1. Brigitte: Are you sure it's just cramps?
    2. Ginger: Just so you know, the words 'just' and 'cramps,' they don't go together.
    – Submitted by Virginia L (2 years ago)
    1. Ginger: A girl can only be a slut, a bitch, a tease, or the virgin next door.
    – Submitted by Virginia L (2 years ago)
    1. Ginger: Suicide is like, the ultimate f*** you.
    – Submitted by Virginia L (2 years ago)
    1. Pamela: (talking to Ginger) Beating up girls? Cutting class? I'm very disappointed in you.
    – Submitted by Lea L (2 years ago)
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