Ginger Snaps Back - The Beginning (2004)
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I was disappointed to say the least with this period prequel without a point and characters whom appear in this time without an explanation...
Audience Reviews for Ginger Snaps Back - The Beginning
The 3rd installment of the series but a prequel with a period setting. Set in 19th century Canada it shows the origins of the curse. A nice idea and good that the same 2 actresses are used in all films. It reminded me a bit of the 4th Tremors film that also acted as a prequel. However the first film is much better with an edgy modern day setting. Ok as werewolf films go, the costumes for them are pretty cool, but overall the film was fairly average.
The story telling in this, the narrating, the directing, and the special effects really sucked bad. Apart from that, I thought they used nice locations, had good props and a nice expensive camera and marketing. The acting sucked and so did the characters. If you compare this film to Interview with the Vampire or films on the same genre, even Teen Werewolf was better. But I think could this be something to do with the lead characters and central storyline centered on female characters. I would hate to say but I can't remember a film that had a female character (especially sisters) who were the hook. (well ones that weren't aimed at a male audience) This is not the downfall. Its just badly scripted, written and the special effects sucked (compare them to the Howling, Teen Werewolf movies made almost 20 years ago) I think "they" cast the wrong people for the parts also. I would love to see better made movies with leading women. Who are "they"? God only knows cus I don't.
Well, here we are, the last (or first) offering in the Ginger Snaps saga. A well made tale of the macabre that certainly doesn't skip on gore or blood. Two sisters Ginger & Bridgette Fitzgerald are wondering lost in the wild lands of Canada (they were supposed to be with their parents but they drowned in an accident or something), when they stumble upon a small Indian camp that has been wiped out by werewolves. After some cryptic advice from an old Indian woman (who gives them both distinctive necklaces' with birds skulls on them). The girls end up with an Indian Hunter who takes them to yonder fort and things get going. Characters include the overly-done Religious Priest, the overly-done Macho Soldier, the overly-kindly Commanding Officer etc. Into the midst of those characters are the sisters trying to survive in a place where danger lurks at every turn (from inside and out). Unfortunately Ginger is bitten by something not quite human and the race is on to brake a spell that'll save Ginger - as compared to dooming her to a furry existence. The acting honors yet again go to Ms. Isabelle and Ms. Perkins who effortlessly play off each other with a touching and believable chemistry that makes the film(s) work so well. Some of the other actors are also very good (I can't remember their names, sorry!). The FX are fantastic as well, with a slew of lycanthrope nightmares wondering around and snacking off unlucky individuals. Yes, it does have aspects of Night of the Living Dead, Dog Soldiers and Ravenous, but it's all fun in the end and with this film you might just howl at the end! Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning: 4/5 The last camera shot in the film is stunning!
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