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Ginger Snaps (2001)

Emily Perkins , Katharine Isabelle , John Fawcett  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Emily Perkins, Katharine Isabelle, Kris Lemche, Mimi Rogers, Jesse Moss
  • Directors: John Fawcett
  • Writers: John Fawcett, Karen Walton
  • Producers: Alicia Reilly Larson, Dan Lyon, Karen Lee Hall, Noah Segal, Steven Hoban
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Live / Artisan
  • DVD Release Date: October 23, 2001
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (383 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005NKSD
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #382,238 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Ginger Snaps" on IMDb

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Like Carrie before it, Ginger Snaps uses horror-movie conventions as an inspired metaphor for puberty. When beautiful but reclusive goth teenager Ginger (Katharine Isabelle) is attacked by a monstrous wolf on the eve of her first period, her body starts changing in a big way, as do her suddenly lusty, feral appetites. Director John Fawcett masterfully balances the expectations of teen horror exploitation (blood, bodies, sex, smart dialogue, and good old-fashioned monster-movie scares) with clever black humor and tender sisterly solidarity. Only devoted sister Brigitte (gloomy Emily Perkins) knows the truth, and even as Ginger's abrupt transformation threatens their once unbreakable friendship, bonds of blood and love keep them together: Brigitte disposes of Ginger's victims while searching for a cure. Mimi Rogers costars as their dotty but unexpectedly sensitive mom, ready to sacrifice all to protect her daughter. Blood and blood ties have never been more evocative. --Sean Axmaker

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74 of 78 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ginger Snaps March 15, 2006
Ginger Snaps. What can I say about this movie? I saw it when I was seventeen years old on HBO and instantly fell in love with it before the opening credits were through. Gore and cheesy effects aside, I have to say this movie is brilliant. It was a pretty original spin on the werewolf theme. If you like animals, especially dogs, you might have a hard time watching this at some parts. For being a low budget film, it gets pretty graphic.

I love the relationship between the two sisters, Brigitte and Ginger, and how Ginger's transformation, which they at first mistake for puberty, tears them apart, but they are still connected by their sisterly bond.

The acting is great; I think they did a great job casting the leads, Ginger and Brigitte, the score is beautiful, and the story is captivating. I do have to say that the opening credits are still my favorite part of the movie. I think it portrays the relationship between Brigitte and Ginger very well and you also get a glimpse into their dark and sarcastic realities.

Great movie! I just got the trilogy for Christmas and I'm absolutely ecstatic! If you like Ginger Snaps, I definitely recommend watching the third movie of the trilogy; Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning.
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77 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally - a cult favorite that lives up to the hype. October 4, 2003
I was afraid to buy this. It sounded too good to be true. A good werewolf movie? So many years (and bad films) after the Howling? You bet your life. GINGER SNAPS is not just good, it's great. And smart. Hip without being snide, slick yet retaining integrity, this is not just a good werewolf movie - or a good horror movie - it's just a great movie altogether.
Mimi Rogers aside, the cast were all unknown to this viewer yet could not have been more perfectly chosen for their roles. You know these characters (or you are these characters) and even though you may not be a lycanthrope, you're easily drawn in and aligned with their trials. This is no out-at-the-full-moon and back-at-dawn transformation, this is one long, drawn-out shapeshift; the misery of puberty. Even if you didn't grow a tail when you turned 16, if you felt like you might as well have, this is a movie for you.
Well-paced, expertly directed and, of course, PERFECTLY acted, GINGER SNAPS only disappoints slightly in the same way almost all werewolf films do: the final, full-on beast just never looks 100% convincing. Who cares? Getting there is all the fun and the film's final scene avoids the cliched, easy ending and goes for the heart.
I hear the two leads are in on production for GINGER SNAPS II as well as a prequel. I don't know where these could go, but I'll even give the dread horror sequel a chance based on this refreshingly strong, nearly flawless film. One of my favorite finds this year.
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76 of 85 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, but don't buy this version December 11, 2005
It's a great little flick, but if you decide to pick it up, do whatever it takes to track down a copy of the Canadian Special Edition. It's R1, so no problem there. But it's in widescreen (this one is P&S), there's a commentary track, and a number of extras. This one's pretty much bare bones. So do yourself a favor and get Googling for a copy of the Canadian edition. You'll be glad you did.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars That's What Little Girls Are Made Of... April 14, 2006
What would you do if you found that your sister was turning into a werewolf? This is the problem that faces Brigitte (Emily Perkins), when her sister Ginger (Katherine Isabelle) suddenly reaches womanhood and hairiness at the same time. The two young Goths, fascinated by suicide, loners in a normal high school suddenly find themselves at odds after years of close companionship. Ginger dives into a whirlwind of appetite - sex, drugs, and violence. Brigitte finds herself alienated, desperate to help a sister who cares less and less every day.

At first Ginger's powers are almost welcome. A chance to get even with the world and be free from the limitations of society and parents. But the change that is coming over her isn't a slight allergic reaction to moonlight. Inexorably, her body changes, and she must confront countless contradictions between her actions, and her remorse each step of the way.

For Brigitte the horror is losing a sister and waging a desperate struggle to reverse the process. Once Ginger was the leader, but now Brigitte must find her own power in a effort that becomes more painful as Ginger sinks into bestiality. Brigitte becomes the cleanup crew, the fixer, and the loyal friend. She also delivers much of the subtle sarcasm that keeps the audience unprepared for the tour-de-force ending.

Somebody should have warned me about this film. For some reason I got it in my head that this was something on the lighthearted side of horror. Instead it is one of those dark films that cross over from horror into the bleakest noir. The acting is surprisingly good, building gradually from hokey teenage horror to a kind of fevered tragic pitch that leaves you stunned in the final moments. The effects are a bit amateurish, but the impact isn't.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Ginger Snaps" A Howling Good Time November 12, 2008
"Ginger Snaps" A Howling Good Time

"Ginger Snaps" takes the old cautionary tale of Little Red Riding and turns it on its furry ear. Instead of Lon Chaney Jr. howling at the moon and chasing poor unsuspecting girls through the woods - enter the Fitzgerald sisters, Ginger and Brigitte (Katharine Isabelle and Emily Perkins) two slightly morbid, teenage sisters entering puberty who are about to experience "the curse," and put a whole new humorous lycanthropic spin on the phrase "that time of month." Ginger has "the bite" put on her by a werewolf while walking through the woods with her sister. She then begins to experience "the change" much to the horror of her younger sister Brigitte. Ginger begins experiencing cramps, ill temper, hair in strange places, and a new found "taste" for boys much to the horror of Brigitte who must hide her sister's secret, clean up the mess, and find a way to help end the terrible curse before Ginger "snaps" again!

"Ginger Snaps" is a horror at it's best. The film benefits greatly by a strong cast, particularly Perkins and Isabelle as the Fitzgerald sisters, Kris Lemche as a dope dealing, knight in shining armor/love interest, and Mimi Rogers - who is a real hoot playing a well meaning but ineffectual "Beaver Cleaver" house mom trying to help her teenage daughters deal with the trials of puberty.

Though Karen Walton and John Fawcett's script was written tongue in cheek - the film has many genuinely horrific moments. There is more than enough blood, gore and entrails here to keep any bonafide horror fan happy. That being said, because this Canadian film production had a tight budget, it relies primarily on acting, atmosphere and suspense building to deliver the scares - probably a plus rather than a minus.
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5.0 out of 5 stars MOVIE AS METAPHOR
Movies as metaphors (that is a movie whose plot discusses a topic while not exactly using the original idea as the plot) work either extremely well or fall flat on their face. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Mark Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for your horror collection!
Quirky, but different. Beautiful print, I'm glad I bought it. A perfect addition to your horror/sci-fi collection.
Published 3 days ago by inspector
5.0 out of 5 stars A worthy werewolf cult-classic!
Brigitte and Ginger are two teen sisters who only have each other. They are death obsessed, hate everyone they know, and their childhood suicide pact is starting to become a... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Monty Moonlight
5.0 out of 5 stars A horror film with bite!
This movie will always be a classic. And it's well acted too. Big fan of the horror genre.
Published 8 days ago by D. Mendoza
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A great werewolf story told in a different way.
Published 8 days ago by Chris B.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Scream Factory does great work.
Published 8 days ago by M.Yazzie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 14 days ago by DAVID I.
3.0 out of 5 stars Good film, weak Blu-ray
Ginger Snaps is a cult classic that I never checked out until recently. It's enjoyable for its dark humor, stylish cinematography, and cool music. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Andrew
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very Satisfied
Published 25 days ago by Carles Fisher
5.0 out of 5 stars Emily Perkins and her Werewolf Sister ...
Sure, it's a werewolf flick. But a helluva lot fun. Sarcasm, Gore, Teen Angst - put all three in teacup and dose yourself in one swallow. I've got the DVD. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Sulaco Survivor
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