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Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning (2004)

Katharine Isabelle , Emily Perkins , Grant Harvey  |  R |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Katharine Isabelle, Emily Perkins, Nathaniel Arcand, JR Bourne, Hugh Dillon
  • Directors: Grant Harvey
  • Writers: Christina Ray, Stephen Massicotte
  • Producers: Grant Harvey, Donna Sloan, Jason Constantine, Jason Lee, John Fawcett
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: September 7, 2004
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002I84DK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,436 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning" on IMDb

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Set in the 19th century, this film finds the Fitzgerald sisters, Ginger and Brigitte, taking refuge at Fort Bailer, home of the Northern Legion Trading Company. The ground is cursed and no one leaves for fear of the monstrous beasts lurking in the area.

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80 of 85 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent End to the Trilogy! September 24, 2004
By CreepyT
Format:DVD
Once again we are treated to the lycanthropic likes of Ginger (Katharine Isabelle) and her sister Brigitte (Emily Perkins), and are not disappointed. This time, Ginger and Brigitte are travelling alone in the snow in the 1800's after their boat was sunk and their parents drowned. An older Indian woman, a seer, warns them to "kill the boy or one sister kills the other." Without thinking too much about the warning, they move along on their path through the woods. As chance, and a bear trap, would have it, the two end up in the hands of a hunter (Nathaniel Arcand) who leads them to an outpost where things are clearly not going as well as they could.

The girls are informed that a hunting party set off to collect supplies and rations, but has yet to return. Furthermore, strange animals have been attacking the outpost. Animals that bear some resemblance (via tattoos and other discernable markings) to the members of the hunting party that had left months ago. In addition, the leader of this outpost has his own secret that will place Ginger and Brigitte in a less-than-desirable position that will test the bounds of their sisterly love for one another.

Yes, the same actresses return for this film, and yes, they bear the same names as the sisters in the previous films. Is there some kind of time warp or reincarnation tale at work here? No. I suppose the viewer is supposed to take the coincidences as merely that. Coincidences. As odd as this sounds, it really does work quite well, and makes this movie a stand-alone addition to the trilogy.

The sets are highly atmospheric, haunting, and sinister. The costumes are just as well done, and only add to the creepy, gothic feel of the film, as does the score. I really loved the combination of these elements.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars better than the second entry... not kidding October 14, 2004
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The Ginger Snaps films are some of the most imaginative, well done werewolf movies since Howling and AWiL. While the first is a true horror classic, the second movie was very dark, yet uninteresting. The story started out good, but deviated too much from the werewolf theme and delved too much into drug addiction... Which brings me to the third and unfortunately FINAL entry. This film was much better looking than the second and very close to the first. The cinamatography was excellent and captured the feeling of cold, isolated 1700's Canada well. The techniques such as the fast motion photography used to set up atmosphere prior to the wolf attacks was nicely done. While I cannot say that the movie had a better look than the origional because they are both completely different settings, time periods and stories, the production value was of the highest quality. The creature effects rival any werewolf film ever made. The story, contrary to what the other reviews say, was well concieved. Yes, it did draw upon the first movie quite alot. There was a purpose in this as this story is forshadowing of the next two entries. My wife found this confusing and rightfully so, it can be if you are not in the right mindframe. I will give you some hints as to how and why this "rehash story" works. First, ask yourself why does Ginger have to get bit. The effects of the change are identical to the origional movie, continuity is good. Second, what does the "curse" have to do with the setting. The name of the fort is Fort Baily (Baily Downs). In order to end the curse or prevent it in the first place, Ginger needed to kill the boy BEFORE she was bit. It made no difference if she did so after. The curse is in the blood already. Now, one sister must kill the other. Bridget must kill Ginger. She does not... Read more ›
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wolf in sheep's clothing August 29, 2004
Format:DVD
Until the year 2000, discussions about Canadian horror usually revolved exclusively around the dozen or so films of David Cronenberg and little else. Then came the release of the original Ginger Snaps which was a shot in the arm for the Canadian horror industry, a unique tale of werewolves in a bland suburban setting. A sequel followed 3 years later and while it did not have the raw emotional power of the original it still proved to be a worthy successor. The third and final chapter of this trilogy, "Ginger Snaps: The beginning" is a prequel set in the 19th century that attempts to explain the nature behind "the curse", as main characters Brigitte and Ginger like to refer to it.

During the winter of 1815, two young sisters named Brigitte and Ginger get lost while crossing a forest in the Canadian wilderness. When Brigitte's ankle gets stuck in a bear trap thus seriously injuring her the two seek refuge in a Fur Trading Fort occupied by several men. The hospitable fur traders are more than glad to help but warn Brigitte and Ginger not to wander outside of the grounds because of the "beasts out there in the woods". Still, Ginger gets bit and is slowly changing into a werewolf (similarly to the original). Brigitte and Ginger thus plunge back into the forest in an attempt to locate a mystical medicine woman who lives in a cave and may know a cure to the disease...

The first question that comes to mind is what in the world are Brigitte and Ginger doing in 1815? Well, it's not about time travel or anything like that the producers simply wanted to make a prequel and decided to keep the two main actresses as lead roles and give them the same names. With this third entry, the series has definitely taken a radically wild turn of direction.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
I absolutely love this movie, I could watch it over and over again, that being said the first Ginger snaps is the best, this is second in my opinion and the second Ginger snaps is... Read more
Published 2 months ago by ShylohsRedShadow
5.0 out of 5 stars The first time I saw this movie, it surprised me, not something easily...
Watch it! This movie is a little more like the typical type of horror movie but I enjoy the banter of the sisters in the other movies more, yet this is still a creative historical... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Julie Stowitschek
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Werewolf Series out there!
My family are huge werewolf movie fans, and the Ginger Snaps series is the best. This is the best of the three, really. Unexpected take on traditional monsters. Very good movies.
Published 3 months ago by Donna D.
5.0 out of 5 stars works great
it's a very interesting movie and when I seen it on cable I just liked it. I like the whole series so I thought I would start buying it.
Published 3 months ago by Chrissy
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful Cookies & Skulls
I love the cookies. Nom nom nom. And the birdskull necklaces. Lovely cinematography, good acting, very original story line. A delight.
Published 4 months ago by Katin
4.0 out of 5 stars First 1 the best,Second 1 secon best,Third comes in Third place
I had the two movies before this one,so had to get it too.I had
it for a long time and decided to watch it. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Robert
4.0 out of 5 stars Good puppy!
I love all three Ginger Snaps movies, refreshingly original takes on the werewolf theme and very well done. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Maori
5.0 out of 5 stars i have already commented on this movie i dont know whats happening to...
i already written about this i dont understand whats going on but i am tired of writting about tthe same item over and over like i said before this is a very very good movie its a... Read more
Published 11 months ago by sonya m.
4.0 out of 5 stars The Beginning Is Clear Now....
I started with Ginger Snaps and after that, I was hooked. I loved the idea of how the turned lycanthropy into a "virus". Read more
Published 11 months ago by Stephanie A. McPherson
5.0 out of 5 stars Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning.
I saw this movie on the SYFY channel. I thought it was a great movie about werwolves and it always had a story about sister that loved eachother. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Cindy Hogan
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