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Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning

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Set in 19th Century Canada, Brigitte and her sister Ginger take refuge in a Traders' Fort which later becomes under siege by some savage werewolves. An enigmatic Indian hunter decides to help the girls, but one of the girls has been bitten by a werewolf. Brigitte and Ginger may have no one to turn to but themselves.

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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: Multiple Formats, 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.)
  • Number of discs: 1
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  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: September 7, 2004
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002I84DK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,607 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning" on IMDb

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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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This film's predecessor,"Ginger Snaps 2--Unleashed," was a competent but uninspired effort: a typical sequel. In contrast, "Ginger Snaps Back" is a significant film--but hardly a sequel at all.
The first two "Ginger Snaps" installments took place in contemporary Canada, mainly in suburbs and city; but "Ginger Snaps Back" is set in the Canadian frontier wilderness of nearly 200 years ago. Furthermore, in the earlier films (particularly the first) the two sisters Brigitte and Ginger share a complex relationship--loving but mutually antagonistic: Ginger's cynical death wish keeps her at odds with Brigitte who would stay alive (and human!) at any cost. In "Ginger Snaps Back," however, the girls have been simplified: they've become fairy tale orphans wandering through a monster-infested forest.
Early on in the film, the sisters find shelter in a militaristic fort/outpost run by some very hard guys--misfit toughs who resemble ogres just waiting for victims to approach their lonely castle! Significantly, it's in this dubious refuge that Ginger is infected with lycanthropy. Thus with monsters lurking outside the gates as well as within, the film plunges toward a fiery but despairing climax.
Overall, "Ginger Snaps Back" conveys a thrilling atmosphere of folklore and legends--an ancient eeriness more easily felt than described. Even the film's snow-covered forests radiate a sense of centuries-old Indian myths; appropriately, the film's Indian characters, including a larger-than-life hunter/warrior, identify the werewolves with the wendigo.
As a work of folklore or fairy tale, "Ginger Snaps Back" tends to be less verbal, but more visionary than the preceding films in this trilogy. Startling, beautiful images abound in this movie.
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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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