Shocking Saturday: Ginger Snaps

This week’s Shocking Saturday is a film which takes the werewolf genre to a different level, even though it was released in 2000. Rather than having a high budget CGI amplified film, it’s a gritty, dark, energetic horror flick, with some cracking practical make-up effects.


The story follows two sisters Ginger (Katharine Isabelle) and Brigitte (Emily Perkins) who are both obsessed with death, and believe that the only people they can rely on is each other. There have been reports on the news of dogs being attacked and killed all over town but the girls don’t think anything of it, and after Brigitte is attacked by a girl at school they go out to get revenge. However whilst carrying out their plot, Ginger is brutally attacked by an animal but Brigette drags her to safety. Over the next few days Ginger begins to change, her moods change, her opinions change and her body begins to change. What is first thought of as puberty turns out to be something much more sinister.

As you can probably imagine, the story revolves around the werewolf theme, but it is not just your typical; person gets bitten, person turns into a werewolf and person is killed by a silver bullet story line. ‘Ginger Snaps’ adds in to the mix the feelings of growing up joined with the feelings of turning in to a werewolf. Also the transformation of Ginger in to the beast is shown so differently than what I have seen before in films, the change is slower than usual, so as the days pass by you can see the effect which the transformation is having on her. Ears get pointy, fur emerges and a tail is sprouted. All the while Ginger’s persona is also completely changing, instead of the socially awkward fully clothed girl who was close with her sister, she has become a typical slutty American teen, who is just after boys and is constantly arguing with her family. The sombre-toned lighting present throughout the film really goes well with the feeling which it gives off; a horror film with teenage-angst mixed in.

One of the greatest aspects about ‘Ginger Snaps’ has to be the make-up effects, although CGI can sometimes be vital to making a film work (Godzilla), this movie just wouldn’t be anywhere as good as it is without its effects created by hand. They really make you feel the pain of what Ginger is going through.

Katharine Isabelle and Emily Perkins take on their roles so well, both when they are close sisters and when they are driven apart. Isabelle will be forever remembered as her role as Ginger, even though recently she appeared in American Mary and gave a flawless portrayal. It is in this film that she truly wins the audience over.

I would definitely recommend ‘Ginger Snaps’ to any horror fan, it is a fast-paced, violent thrill-ride which does not let up until the finale.

Also if anyone is wondering about the sequel (Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed), it is also amazing.

Tag Line: She’s Got The Curse.

Horror Rating: (:-O) (:-O) (:-O)

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