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Ginger Snaps (2000)

Not Rated | | Drama, Fantasy, Horror | 11 May 2001 (Canada)
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Two death-obsessed sisters, outcasts in their suburban neighborhood, must deal with the tragic consequences when one of them is bitten by a deadly werewolf.

Director:

John Fawcett

Writers:

Karen Walton (story), John Fawcett (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Emily Perkins ... Brigitte
Katharine Isabelle ... Ginger
Kris Lemche ... Sam
Mimi Rogers ... Pamela
Jesse Moss ... Jason
Danielle Hampton Danielle Hampton ... Trina
John Bourgeois ... Henry
Peter Keleghan ... Mr. Wayne
Christopher Redman ... Ben
Jimmy MacInnis Jimmy MacInnis ... Tim
Lindsay Leese ... Nurse Ferry
Wendii Fulford Wendii Fulford ... Ms. Sykes
Ann Baggley Ann Baggley ... Mother
Graeme Robertson Graeme Robertson ... Toddler
Maxwell Robertson Maxwell Robertson ... Toddler
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Storyline

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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

Hungry like the Wolf. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy | Horror

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 May 2001 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Ginger Snaps I See more »

Filming Locations:

Brampton, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,430, 28 October 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,554, 1 November 2001
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Does not currently have a UK release. The original release is well out of print. See more »

Goofs

The amount of serum in the last syringe. See more »

Quotes

[after Brigitte cuts her palm]
Brigitte: You wrecked everything for me that isn't about you.
[Brigitte cuts Ginger's palm, exchanges blood with her]
Sam: No. Shit.
Brigitte: Now I am you.
Ginger: I know you are. But what am I?
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Crazy Credits

Thank you to: ¡EEK! (EXPERIMENTAL ENGINEERING KORPORATION) See more »

Connections

Followed by Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Remanufacture
Written by Burton C. Bell, Dino Cazares & Raymond Herrera
Performed by Fear Factory
Used by permission of BMG Music Publishing Canada Inc. and Roadrunner Records
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Not your typical teen horror, and that's a good thing!
11 May 2006 | by AngryChairSee all my reviews

Intelligent and gruesome black comedy isn't your ordinary werewolf flick, which may be why it's the best werewolf movie we've seen in quite some time.

Misfit teen struggles to save her sister, who was bitten by a monstrous wolf and now is having some alarming side-effects.

What sets Ginger Snaps a part from your average teen horror flick is the outstanding characterizations that Walton and Fawcett's well-scripted story produces. For once the most off-beat and bizarre characters are actually the heroes of the story and turn out to be deeper than one would imagine. There's a good set-up and plenty of tension and bloodcurdling action to pay off, especially in the harrowing climax. The direction of John Fawcett is well handled, providing an unsettling atmosphere in a seemingly normal neighborhood. The creature FX are nicely done and the blood is plentiful.

The cast of this film is a strong highlight. Emily Perkins and Katherine Isabelle are excellent and oddly heart-felt as our two misunderstood goth sisters. Kris Lemche does a cool performance as a teen stoner who must help Perkins save her sister. Mimi Rogers even does a surprising turn as the girls quirky mother.

It's not every day that one finds a teen horror film with some heart and depth. This film wisely has both and comes off a terrific genre entry because of it. Also, there's plenty of bloody scenes that will satisfy most any gore fan. Recommended.

Followed by a sequel and a prequel

*** 1/2 out of ****


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