Ginger Snaps (2001)

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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.

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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.
Rating: R
Genre: Horror , Mystery & Suspense
Directed By: John Fawcett
Written By: Karen Walton
In Theaters: wide
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Cast

Emily Perkins
as Brigitte
Jesse Moss
as Jason
Peter Keleghan
as Mr. Wayne
Mimi Rogers
as Pamela
Lindsay Leese
as Nurse Ferry
Wendii Fulford
as Ms. Sykes
Ann Baggley
as Mother
Nick Nolan
as Creature & Gingerwolf
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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
Variety
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The ideas are thin, and the scene-by-scene execution of them is bumbling.

Full Review… | March 19, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

A superbly realized take on the perils of being different in a world that demands conformity.

Full Review… | November 23, 2001
Toronto Star
Top Critic

It deserves a cult following among satire-loving, feminist-minded gore aficionados who appreciate a well-made human tail.

Full Review… | November 13, 2001
Entertainment Weekly
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Audience Reviews for Ginger Snaps

What begins as a clever satire that uses lycanthropy as a witty metaphor for puberty soon gets sadly derailed in a disappointing development in which it seems to go awry and lose its way (mainly its thematic focus) into mere gore and violence (though I do like how it ends).

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

"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.
Spencer S.

[img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] 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.

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