To be honest I had no idea that Ginger Snaps was about a Werewolf until I actually read the description. Shows how much I pay attention to things. I think I thought it was some awesomely bad 80's horror movie about little girls that snapped people in half or ate old Christmas cookies I don't really know. The point is- this movie rocks.
Ginger and Brigitte may be my long lost obsessed with death and blood sisters. They love taking pictures of themselves dead- in some very very creative ways. They seem to have the special effects genes of Tom Savini,
and (ps how do you make it look like you are hanging without killing yourself?) and an AMAZING score plays while the photos are shown in what is revealed to be a class project. I fell in love with the movie right then and there. Turns out the Fitzgerald sisters are about 3 years late in getting their monthly gift- that's right THEIR PERIOD, for all you men out there. The night that Ginger gets hers however she is attacked by a werewolf and bitten- and well you know eventually turns into one herself.
The very beginning of this movie is pretty darn priceless. A little boy is playing in his sandbox and unearths a severed dog foot. Turns out the neighborhood werewolf has been eating dogs all over the place. I thought I would be really depressed about all these dogs turning up dead in the movie- but I realized, I only get upset when there is some form of attachment created with the animal in question. I.E. The cat in Drag Me To Hell and obviously the puppy in Single White Female. There is one semi questionable animal death but his little body is never shown- and it's an act that really shows the severity of Ginger's problem.
You know what was also amazing about this film? Like Let the Right One In- there wasn't this glamourous side to being a werewolf. Ginger sprouts gross hair on her body and an even nastier looking tail. She doesn't turn into a fuzzy werewolf whenever she wants and then back into a burly and handsome man so she can kiss Bella.
What is also truly incredible about this movie is how it incorporates the idea of puberty into being a werewolf. Growing up and suddenly getting all these crazy hormones could certainly make you want to eat a dog, beat up ugly bitchy girls and of course sprout unwanted hairs in strange places and possibly grow a tail. Ok so it's a little crazy but not really. To me it was genius and I chuckled every time Ginger acted out (PMS!!)
There is actually a lot of blood- and vomiting of blood at that- actually there seemed to be a lot of just vomiting in general. That scene after Ginger comes back from losing her virginity and she's in the bathroom...holy moses. And the way she is describing how it didn't feel like she thought it would is so perfect because you can't tell if she's talking about knocking boots or eating a living thing for the first time!
While the movie does kind of lose some steam towards the end- I'd say probably around the time Ginger really starts turning into a werewolf- I still ate up the ending like it was nobody's business. This is probably because the bond between the two sisters was so strong and that last scene was one of the most heart breaking I have seen, and I kind of cried a little. Ginger Snaps is a pretty close contender with those foreign horror movies I like so much. Ginger's acting sometime ruins the appeal but B's more than makes up for it. She's a perfect awkward teenager who wants nothing more than to help her sister.
Ginger's werewolf make up was a little weird there in the end and her full transformation at times just reminded me of a really scary polar bear. Also was it necessary for the werewolf/scary polar bear to have a saggy boob?! I don't want to see werewolf boobs thank you. Oh and another question for the GALS out there. Whose first period looks like that? Sorry graphic.
Anyways just watch this- it's pretty amazing save for the sometimes over the top acting and lines from Ginger.
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