Ginger Snaps (2000)
In honor of the October Full Moon, tonight’s film celebrates my most favorite of all monsters, the werewolf, in the highly acclaimed film Ginger Snaps from 2000. This film uses the werewolf mythos as a metaphor for all kinds of social and personal issues the main female character is going through and is such a well written story that just happens to also be set around Halloween. This is a film you can’t go wrong watching this time of year. It also features some really great practical werewolf creature effects.
Also to note, Ginger Snaps was just released to Blu-ray in a collector’s edition from Scream Factory this past July, so if you don’t have it already, be sure to check it out.
Ginger Snaps is written by Karen Walton & John Fawcett and is directed by John Fawcett. The film stars Emily Perkins, Katharine Isabelle (Freddy vs. Jason, American Mary, See No Evil 2), Kris Lemche, Mimi Rogers, Jesse Moss.
Fifteen-year-old Brigitte Fitzgerald and her nearly-sixteen-year-old Ginger are both best friends and outcasts. Obsessed with dying and bound by a childhood pact to stay together forever, they loathe their mind-numbing existence in the suburbs of Bailey Downs. One night, the two girls are heading through the woods when Ginger is savagely attacked by a wild creature.
Ginger’s horrible wounds miraculously heal over, but something is not quite right about her. Ginger is irritable and in denial. But to Brigitte, it is obvious that a terrible force has taken hold of her sister. She’s convinced that the insatiable craving her sister is experiencing can mean only one thing – Ginger is becoming unspeakably evil and monstrous.
Watch the trailer here,