Ginger Snaps Review
Directed by John Fawcett
Starring Emily Perkins, Katharine Isabelle, Kris Lemche, and Mimi Rogers
Ginger Snaps tells the story of two sisters, Ginger and Brigitte, who are outcasts among their fellow students at school. They are obsessed with torture and death, trapped in suburban high school hell. Ridiculed by their fellow classmates, the sisters plot to kidnap a dog owned by one of the mean girls, using their fake blood and guts to make her think that her dog has been killed by the local beast.
However, their plans are thwarted when Ginger finds out she has started the womanly curse and she is consequently attacked by the local beast, which has been killing the neighborhood dogs.
That is when everything gets interesting for Ginger and her younger sister Brigitte. Hormonal or infected, Ginger is becoming an entirely different person and Brigitte is left alone to her own devices as her sister becomes a sexually charged vixen in high school. Brigitte believes that her sister is infected by lycanthropy and she has to cure her before it is too late.
Being an avid werewolf fan (I am choosing sides here, I am much more of a fan of the furry rather than the fanged), I had heard about Ginger Snaps since it premiered. I hadn’t thought much of it until I realized the limited selection of purely werewolf films, any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Then I was unable to find a copy of Ginger Snaps in any of the local entertainment stores, I finally found it for a deal this Halloween season.
Ginger Snaps is not terrifying, but it has its moments of anxiety and fear, especially toward the end when the once beloved sisters face off in a battle til the end. However, it is a wonderful werewolf film and I was intrigued at the parallel of puberty and lycanthropy. Ginger becomes infected moments after she starts her monthly cycle, and the lunar cycle, which governs some werewolf lore, is a monthly cycle. Ginger also infected someone else when she had unprotected sex with him, similar to the transmission of sexual diseases.
Brigitte was the character I most enjoyed and loathed. Loyal to her sister to a fault, Brigitte always does what Ginger wants even burying a dead body in the backyard underneath the shed. However, Brigitte show great courage and amazing insight by tricking her sister into coming home to bring Ginger closer to the cure. The sisterly bonds couldn’t even be separated in death, the ending scene with Brigitte laying on the still werewolf form of Ginger is a testimony to their loyalty to each other.
Ginger Snaps was more of a coming of age tale, learning to live with the “curse.” It is definitely a good addition to any werewolf enthusiast’s collection, but it certainly isn’t the traditional werewolf film.