After seeing Dog
Soldiers a few weeks ago, I noticed that another werewolf
movie kept being mentioned in some of the reviews for that movie. Comparisons
between the two movies seemed inevitable for those that had seen Ginger
Snaps, which had come out two years before. Curious about this film, I
added it to my Netflix queue to see what all the fuss was about.
Starring: Emily Perkins, Katherine Isabelle,
and Kris Lemche
Snaps tells the story
of two sisters, 16-year-old Ginger (Katherine Isabelle) and 15-year-old
Brigitte (Emily Perkins), who live with their
parents in a suburban community. The sisters consider themselves outsiders,
even going so far as to make a suicide pact and vowing to each other not
to become "regular" like the rest of the kids their age. But
when Ginger gets her first menstrual cycle, things get thrown for a loop.
they're out one night attempting to pull a prank on one of their enemies
-- a cheerleader who hit Brigitte during gym class -- they find the remains
of a dead dog. Before they can get away from the grisly scene, Ginger
is attacked by a werewolf-like creature, presumably because it can smell
the blood from her period. Ginger and Brigitte manage to get
away from the animal, which is eventually hit by a van driven by the local
drug dealer, Sam (Kris Lemche).
When Ginger and Brigitte return
home, they find that although Ginger's wounds are severe, they're already
healing. Gradually, Ginger's behavior
begins to change too. Once fiercely devoted to Brigitte and their pact,
Ginger begins to crave the opposite sex and lashes out when Brigitte shows
concern for her. Ginger also has acquired a craving for flesh which she
satisfies by killing a neighbor's dog. When Sam approaches Brigitte to
discuss the creature he hit with his car, both begin to suspect that Ginger
was bitten by a werewolf and is transforming into one herself. And so
begins a race against the clock to find a cure for Ginger's "infection" before
her ever-increasing desire for flesh leads to more carnage.
While I'm sure the Hot Topic-shopping
target audience will find this movie to be a "classic", I
found it to be entertaining, if not ultimately predictable. There's
a fair bit of sly humor in the script
and the movie is powered by some good performances from its young stars,
particularly Emily Perkins. The only problem with the movie is some uneven
pacing that makes the whole thing feel a lot longer than the one hour
and forty-eight minute running time.
While not quite as good as I'd hoped it'd be based on the raves I'd read
online, Ginger Snaps is still an entertaining twist on the werewolf genre.
It's not really scary, but it is entertaining and fun.
Snaps spawned two sequels: Ginger Snaps: Unleashed and Ginger
Snaps Back: The Beginning, which were both filmed back-to-back.
role of Ginger originally was offered to Sarah Polley and Natasha
Lyonne, but they both turned it down. (Source: The
Internet Movie Database)