GINGER SNAPS (2000)
Directed by: John Fawcett
Produced by: Karen Lee Hall, Steven Hoban
Written by: Karen Walton, John Fawcett
Starring: Emily Perkins, Katharine Isabelle,
Kris Lemche, Mimi Rogers
Released: September 10, 2000
There’s a popular growing initiative happening today, April 29th, that has been growing in popularity for the past 9 years. It’s called Reel Canada where there is a strong emphasis on awareness of Canadian Cinema. Many of my followers can attest that I try to promote Canadian Content whenever I can here on the House of Horror Blog as I am a proud Canuck. So check out the link I provided up above for Reel Canada to learn more about that really cool initiative. So in order to fall in line with that them for today, I have chosen to feature one of my favourite Canadian horror films for today’s Daily Frightmare…the clever becoming-a-woman-by-way-of-lycanthropy classic Ginger Snaps (2000).
Bridgette (Emily Perkins) and Ginger (the so hot it’s ridiculous Katherine Isabelle) are two loner teenaged girls who are each other’s best friends, and have a bizarre fascination with death. After following happenings occurring locally in town about dogs and other small animals being mauled, the duo set out to kidnap a dog owned by classmate Trina Sinclair (Danielle Hampton). In the process of committing the act, the girls are violently attacked by the beast responsible for all of the recent reports. Ginger is badly wounded, but heals so quickly she opts not to go to the hospital.
Several days after they were attacked by the creature, Ginger starts exhibiting some very strange behaviour, a heightened self-confidence, aggressive attitude, and some physical changes as well. She starts suffering from heavy menstration, increased sexual appetite, and hair starts growing from her wounds. She has unprotected sex with a boy from school, and gives in to a craving for flesh by killing a dog. Bridgette fears for Ginger’s safety and warns her sister that she may be turning into a werewolf. Initially, Ginger refutes the claim but soon changes her mind when she sees the effects that are happening to her.
The movie is a clever metaphor for girls experiencing the “change of life” in their teens. But it turns into a very stylish, and harrowing werewolf horror movie. Special effects are great, stellar script, and a strong connection between the two lead actresses. Ginger Snaps is a fresh take on the werewolf model, and in my opinion one of the most celebrated and respected Canadian horror movies. Spawned 2 sequels.