Ginger Snaps II: Unleashed

2004

Ginger Snaps II: Unleashed

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The feminist horror film genre might not have very many prominent entries, but the critically acclaimed 2000 film Ginger Snaps was just that. A darkly humorous chiller that drew parallels between menstruation and a werewolf curse, the John Fawcett picture garnered several Canadian Genie Award nominations and a loyal cult following. Four years later, Brett Sullivan, the film's editor, made his feature directorial debut with this sequel, Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed. Katharine Isabelle and Emily Perkins reprise their roles from the first film as sisters Ginger and Brigitte, respectively. This time around, Brigitte is found by the police after being attacked and taken to rehab when it's assumed that the wolfbane serum that keeps her from turning into a monster is a narcotic. Once inside the facility and denied the substance, Brigitte must strike deals with one of the orderlies to obtain it; meanwhile, she is pursued by another werewolf, and escapes with Ghost, another female patient, to that girl's vacant old house, which sets the stage for a brutal showdown -- made even nastier when the orderly, a hospital doctor, and the elderly Barbara show up and decide to intervene. Also starring Tatiana Maslany, Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed was followed only a few months later by Ginger Snaps Back.

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Critic Reviews for Ginger Snaps II: Unleashed

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (14) | Rotten (2)

  • Dreadful. Absolutely inappropriate for kids.

    January 2, 2011 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Driven by good performances especially from Perkins who exposes her pure acting ability.

    April 29, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Keeps most cliches at bay.

    September 23, 2007

    Dennis Harvey

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • First-time screenwriter Megan Martin avoids the trap of simply rehashing the first film with new characters, instead crafting a very dark fairy tale.

    September 23, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Things only get way worse for the hairy-palmed teen...

    July 13, 2004
  • The sense of ironic humor and creeping dread of the original are mostly gone, and Ginger 2 ends up as a much more conventional horror/thriller

    May 1, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/5

Audience Reviews for Ginger Snaps II: Unleashed

  • Nov 01, 2014
    Improving upon the original, Ginger Snaps: Unleashed is a frightful and disturbing supernatural thriller. After the death of her sister Brigitte goes on the run and attempts to manage her lycanthropy through drugs, but when social services put her into a rehab center her transformation into a werewolf rapidly increases. Emily Perkins gives a really strong performance that does a good job at selling the desperation of her situation. Additionally, the werewolf effects are fairly well-done and rather terrifying. Still, there are some script problems and the characters are underdeveloped. But despite its failings, Ginger Snaps: Unleased is a compelling horror film.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 25, 2014
    In this sequel to the successful modern werewolf film, Bridgette discovered the supposed vaccine for the werewolf disease only delayed the eventual transformation into a werewolf. Even worse, she is now stuck inside a rehabilitation center after being mistaken as a drug addict. Not only Bridgette is a danger to herself, a completely transformed Ginger is determined to hunt her down. Anyone standing in her way will suffer the same consequence. This is actually quite a decent sequel, the story didn't make much sense but still offered some thrills. Not as exciting or dark as the original but it was certainly nice to see the two actresses reprising their roles.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Feb 05, 2013
    Following the tragic ending of the predecessor, this sequel is another scary (and at times perverted) adventure on Brigitte's part in the struggle for an antidote for her infection by the same mysterious beast who infected and destroyed her sister. Just like the first one, cliches are left way behind in this flick.
    Max G Super Reviewer
  • Oct 16, 2011
    Ditching the fall atmosphere and essentially everything else that made the first one of the best horror movies ever, 'Ginger Snaps 2 - Unleashed' introduces us to addiction, new characters, a juiced-up electronic score, a grungy style, and opts to be more of a fairytale than a pure horror movie - it works. It works largely thanks to the acting and a script that makes the viewer on edge until the third act where things turn into a by the numbers horror movie with an eccentric howl of its own. The problem is that 'Ginger Snaps' was so bloody great and refreshing that any sequel following, no matter how great, cannot compare but of the two sequels 'Unleashed' is the strongest.
    Jonny B Super Reviewer

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