Is becoming a woman analogous, in some deep psychological way, to becoming a werewolf? Ginger is 16, edgy, tough, and, with her younger sister, into staging and photographing scenes of death. They've made a pact about dying together. In early October, on the night she has her first period, which is also the night of a full moon, a werewolf bites Ginger. Within a few days, some serious changes happen to her body and her temperament. Her sister Brigitte, 15, tries to find a cure with the help of Sam, a local doper. As Brigitte races against the clock, Halloween and another full moon approach, Ginger gets scarier, and it isn't just local dogs that begin to die.Written by
Casting the two leads met with substantial difficulty. While a casting director was easily found for Los Angeles, Canadian casting directors proved to be appalled by the horror, gore, and language. When one finally agreed to pick up the film, the Columbine shooting and another school shooting in Alberta suddenly thrust the public spotlight on violent teens. The Toronto Star's announcement that Telefilm was funding a "teen slasher movie" met with a flurry of debate and outrage in the media, which generated a significant amount of adverse publicity in proportion to the size of the project. See more »
When Brigitte and Sam are running through the house trying to find Ginger as a Werewolf, every window they pass has light shining in, even though it's supposed to be late at night. See more »
[On the field hockey grounds, where Brigitte and Ginger are quietly smoking a cigarette, Ginger proposes a spiteful mental game in which they evidently try to top each others' insults about a person and how he or she might die:]
Search and Destroy. Go!
[Brigitte glances at the girls who are taking a break in the soccer game to joke and laugh. Trina is a pretty, lively, and popular girl]
Okay. How about Trina Sinclair?
Excellent selection. Continue.
Trina Sinclair. D.O.A. at the hair dye aisle. ...
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A Collector's Edition DVD was released in Canada that contains over 20 minutes of Deleted/Extended footage. The additional scenes are as follows.
A scene in the hallway of the high school. Ginger carves the word "Fuck" into a locker door while Brigitte takes a Polaroid of herself. There is a small amount of dialogue as Brigitte says that people suck.
Extended footage of Brigitte and Ginger arriving home after the attack on Ginger. There is more of Brigitte screaming for help, and extra footage of her scrambling to get first aid supplies to help Ginger.
Ginger gets out of the shower, stands in front of the bathroom mirror and pulls some of the hair out of her shoulder wound.
While changing TV channels, Brigitte comes across a really cheesy werewolf movie and watches it for a moment.
Additional footage in the greenhouse before Brigitte tells Sam that she's a werewolf. Sam is conducting an experiment on a rare plant when Brigitte startles him and ruins the experiment. Sam alludes to the fact that his family owns the greenhouse, and that it's "the family crypt."
Mr. Wayne threatens to suspend Ginger for attacking Trina on the playing field. Brigitte blackmails him into letting Ginger go, threatening to claim that he tried to rape Ginger.
Ginger starts to get stir crazy after being isolated in her room. She thrashes around and tears pictures off of the wall. At one point, she spits out a tooth, claiming "That's five." But she shows Brigitte that she's grown "two more of the new ones," and shows Brigitte her fangs. Ginger reads a list of symptoms for PMS, then tries to get Brigitte to let her go out. Brigitte responds "PMS is the least of your problems."
Another scene in the greenhouse with Sam mentioning that the cops have been asking him about Trina's disappearance. Sam assumes that Brigitte killed her. Brigitte calls him a "cherry hound." Sam asks if Brigitte thinks he's the type to go around chasing virgins. Brigitte asks Sam if he thinks she's the type to go around killing them.
A little kid in a puppy suit comes across Jason. Jason asks the kid if he can bark, and the kid lets out a little "woof." "That's not a bark," Jason says, grabbing the kid and growling.
A much extended scene involving Mr. Wayne's death. Ginger tells Mr. Wayne that Brigitte locked her in the bathroom. He has Brigitte paged over the school's intercom. Brigitte hears the page and begins walking towards his office. She shyly walks past 2 police officers who are investigating Trina's disappearance. She hesitates for a moment before entering Mr. Wayne's office. When she opens the door, Ginger pulls her into the office, where Mr. Wayne is laid out dead on the desk. Brigitte tells Ginger that there is a cure, and that it worked on Jason. Brigitte says that Sam can make more. Ginger yells at Brigitte for betraying her for some guy.
Additional footage after Pamela finds Trina's body. Mr. Fitzgerald walks outside and asks what she's doing. She says she's just remembering old times.
In the van, Pamela gives Brigitte some make-up to hide the circles under her eyes.
Extended scene at the party. Ginger opens her shirt up in front of Sam. He sees her morphed abdomen and says "Nice getup."
Brigitte makes her way through the party crowd, trying to find Sam and Ginger. She runs into Jason's friends, who mock her for looking like a zombie. She leaves, and Jason walks up, just missing her. He asks his friends if they've seen Ginger. One friend asks if he and Ginger broke up, and Jason responds "Oh yeah." The friend says that Ginger is hot and that Jason is an idiot for breaking up with her. Jason calls him a fag.
Outside the party, a police cruiser pulls up next to Pamela's van. The little kid in the puppy suit is in the back seat. Two officers go inside looking for Jason. Pamela thinks they are after her daughters, so she grabs the plastic container holding Trina's severed fingers and follows them inside.
Brief additional dialogue when Brigitte walks in on Sam and Ginger.
Pamela wanders through the party.
Jason grabs Brigitte and Ginger as they try to leave the party. The police officers find Jason's friends, and ask if they know where he is. One friend, mad about being called a fag, points Jason out. Jason sees the cops, thinks they are after Ginger, and calls them over. Pamela shows up and knocks Jason down, yelling "Let go of my girls!" She tells her daughters to run, and walks over to the cops. She shows the cops Trina's fingers, and claims that she killed Trina. She starts flailing around so the cops will take her away. Jason watches all of this, then grabs a beer and starts talking to a random hot girl at the party.
Sisters Ginger and Brigitte are walking through the park when Ginger is attacked by some sort of wolf that leaves her badly cut before they get away. With Ginger on her period already she is upset about the various changes happening to her body but it is apparent to Brigitte that the changes occurring to Ginger are more sinister and she tries to find a solution.
Despite the fact that the title is far too clever and silly for the film it announces this is actually a very strong teen horror. In the midst of the usual teen slasher movies, this film stands out as one that doesn't fall into the usual clichés (either accidentally or knowingly) and just concentrates on being a good film. The script cleverly uses the changes of teenage years and the changes of the werewolf as one and it works very well on the whole. Ginger's change is gradual and well done by the script.
The film is gory but not in a bloodlust type way where teens are bumped off in gory ways for audience amusement. Here the film builds gradually with blood a constant thing but not in a sensationalist way. When the film comes to a close, it does well to not be diminishing by the sight of the wolf itself - often the hint of the creature is better than the actual effects, both work here. The cast are good on the whole. Of course the support cast do play the usual teen stereotypes but, unlike other of this genre, they are not just fodder. The best playing comes from Isabelle and Perkins- the former especially giving a really good performance that makes the script alive.
Overall this was a very pleasant surprise - a good teen horror movie. It may lack the clichés of it's peers, and maybe that is why it is not as well known as the others, but it is a great little film and, if you need any further evidence of it's calibre - the ending is one of taste and restraint, words not often associated with teenage slasher movies.
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