Fun and twisted coming of age horror. It got even better on my second viewing. Werewolf horror films aren't my favorite and I blame Twilight for that, but this one perfectly encapsulates the nightmare of teenage girlhood told in a metaphorical way. The leads are lovable. Two contrasting personalities but has such unique chemistry. The vibe is so early 00s with goth aesthetic. Add in solid humor and decent gore effects. It's similar to Jennifer's Body but a lot better. Sam was smoking hot!
A solid, well acted coming of age (in more ways than one) flick. Although definitely full to the brim with early 2000s teen angst and radio metal, its quite fun.
Practical and gore effects are well done except in close ups where it's pretty rough around the edges.
A cult horror film, Ginger Snaps attempts to put a unique spin on the werewolf genre but has some tonal problems. Emily Perkins and Katharine Isabelle star as two sisters whose bond is tested when one of them is attacked by a werewolf and begins to transform. Unfortunately, the writing is uneven and tries to insert some horror-comedy and satire that doesn’t quite work. Part of the problem is the performances, which are pretty lifeless. Additionally, the wolf effects are rather bad; though some of the transformation makeup work is quite creative. Yet while Ginger Snaps does some interesting things, in the end it doesn’t quite succeed.
Dripping with angst from the early 00's grunge phase, Ginger Snaps is a metaphor-clad werewolf flick with more to say than its teen horror exterior would have you believe. If you can look past some of the eye-rollingly edgy dialogue and teen setting, Ginger Snaps is a fun ride with some depth to its underlying message. I just don't think it'll be a mainstay in my horror movie rotation.
Setup: Depressed, uncultured edgelord sisters in white, suburban normie hell, obsessed with death, and opening with a suicide pact-- the beginning of this film is hard to watch if you're not currently one of the same, and the film's namesake doesn't really ever do anything to endear you to her. In fact, her behavior to everyone becomes worse, but it's understandable given the plot. She also transforms from hiding in baggy clothing and dark, oversized jackets to a progressively more feral predatory sex bomb. I'd be lying if I didn't enjoy the show. My inner edgelord from the time of production had to admit she looked pretty badass (moreso with the practical FX work as she progresses.) And she's a petite smoke-show. Her sister is the real main character, though, and I can sympathize with her plight, and her actions throughout the film.
This is the kind of film you would expect to be made by people who are really into practical gore and monster FX. It's obviously a minimal (for the time) budget, which means it's still better than most cheap horror films of today, but the prosthetics and fake bodies/parts are surprisingly well done. The ending is what I think gives the film its cult status. It's "Gothic as fuck". Right before this there's a bit of a surprise twist with one of the characters that I found pretty amusing, and makes the film more likeable, and imparts on the film slightly more depth than it would otherwise have. It's not exactly a satire, but it's actual character development.
I suggest watching this in the basement with your sister and a glass of Merlot or Cab sav stolen from upstairs around Halloween 2002.
It's pretty bad to be honest, but if you ever wore black nail polish and black mesh shirts around the millennium then you'll find something here you can identify with or get some guilty pleasure out of.
I used to love this movie, but now i Guess is not that good :-(