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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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The sharp feminist narrative makes up for the admirable but underwhelming werewolf makeup and other practical effects.
A smart, resourceful, and wickedly funny teen-horror film that reinvents the werewolf myth as a potent metaphor for pubescent angst and humiliation.
A quietly subversive my-sister-is-turning-into-a-werewolf movie that doesn't wimp out at the end.
This isn't just a good horror movie, it's a good movie. Period.
The ideas are thin, and the scene-by-scene execution of them is bumbling.
A superbly realized take on the perils of being different in a world that demands conformity.
This small-town coming-of-ager regenders the werewolf myth as a hilariously icky exploration of the monstrous feminine.
An uncommonly intelligent fright film, one that unnerves you at a very deep, primal level.
A witty and intelligent exploration of what it means to become and live as a woman in middle-class suburbia.
Not squeamish? Like monsters? Go see.
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.
John Fawcett has directed "Ginger Snaps" with terrific flair, punctuating ominous moods with bursts of pitch-dark humor.
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).
"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.
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.
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!
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