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Ginger Snaps

May 2, 2010

Ginger Snaps

Ginger Snaps

This film takes on werewolves in different light then you normally see them, granted, they are still killers who take over the body, but this film works it in line with the budding sexuality of the main characters.  It is darkly humorous and is a solidly made film that isn’t all that subtle about its other message but does a good with the analogy throughout the film.  It also have a very cult type of feeling in the film, it isn’t all that great, but it is just kind of absurd.

Ginger and Brigitte Fitzgerald are two teenage girls who are obsessed with death.  This is shown at the beginning of the film where the sisters are shooting faked suicides for a school project.  They are picked on at school and they decide to take revenge on the bully’s dog one night.  Unfortunately, puberty hits Ginger and a werewolf attacks her.  She is run off into the wood and bitten by the werewolf.  Brigitte tracks her down her sister and they fight off the werewolf which runs into a road and gets hit by a drug dealers van.  Things start to change for Ginger, both because of becoming a werewolf and puberty.  Ginger plays it off simply as puberty, but Brigitte suspects that it is more and she is becoming a werewolf.  Her suspicions are confirmed when Ginger starts to grow a tail.  With the help of the drug dealer, Brigitte looks for a way to save her sister from becoming a werewolf.  They aren’t successful in time and Brigitte tries one last attempt and mixes her blood with her sisters, giving herself the disease.  When Ginger ends up killing the drug dealer, Brigitte has to kill Ginger in order to survive.

The acting in this film isn’t all that impressive.  Emily Perkins stars as Brigitte Fitzgerald.  She does a decent job playing the gothic character, but the performance is nothing special.  Katherine Isabelle plays her sister, Ginger, with an equally as average performance.  Their performances don’t detract all that much from the film, though, because this film has the cult classic horror feel, and that means that it is more about the absurdity of the story and dark humor and cheesiness of the film.  Kris Lemche plays the drug dealer and has a similarly unimpressive performance as well.  There aren’t any big names really in this film, so for the performances of the unknowns, it isn’t all that bad, but still not overly impressive acting.

Visually this film is just okay, it has a kind of campy feel to it, which works well for the story.  John Fawcett, director and writer along with Karen Walton, does a solid job in keeping the filming and acting in line with the feeling of the film.  The best part of this film has to be the writing of Fawcett and Walton and the combination of the horror aspect and feminine film aspect of the film.  They play off of each other surprisingly well and even though it is kind of odd to think of those two together.

Overall this isn’t all that great a film, it is quite campy and cult in how it is made, but with the absurdity of the plot, it actually ends up being quite enjoyable.  Add in the dark humor, which I’m always a fan of, it helps make the film overall entertaining.  It might have the greatest acting or greatest direction, but it just absurd enough that it is worth checking out.

Entertainment Grade: B

Critical Grade: B

Overall Grade: B

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