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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.


John Fawcett


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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


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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Drama | Fantasy | Horror


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Release Date:

11 May 2001 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Ginger Snaps I See more »

Filming Locations:

Brampton, Ontario, Canada See more »


Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,430, 28 October 2001

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Was banned from certain cinemas in the UK in 2001 as it was seen as promoting violence among teenagers. However when the VHS was released later that year it was one of the fastest selling horror films of that time. See more »


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


Brigitte: You gave it to Jason. You had unprotected sex and you infected him.
Ginger: Ooops.
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Alternate Versions

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.
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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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Ginger snaps, Brigitte broods.
8 December 2004 | by Anonymous_MaxineSee all my reviews

Ginger Snaps is kind of strange because it is, by definition, a teen horror movie, a genre which I have come to find is made up of almost exclusively awful movies. These are generally the stupid teen horror/sex comedies cranked out by Hollywood, but Ginger Snaps is able to escape that, with no help from the special effects department, by the way. The werewolf featured in the movie is an intricate piece of horror machinery, but it is immensely unconvincing. I have to admit that I had a hard time getting interested in the movie and often found myself checking how much time was left before it ended, but that is probably mostly because when I was watching it I still wanted to watch Bride of Chucky and Willard before going to bed.

The very beginning of the movie starts with a great montage of some impressive shots of a typical Canadian suburb, I suppose. A quiet, picturesque community in which we can expect some not so quiet or picturesque things will soon happen. It's not long before a mutilated dog is discovered, and its owner, an understandably frantic woman whose son found a piece of the dog in his sandbox, runs out front and screams that it got her dog. Evidently there is some wild beast running loose, and it's not long before Brigitte and Ginger, the movie's two disturbed and disturbing sisters, have a run-in with it.

We are introduced to a pair of sisters who live comfortably as outcasts in their school and neighborhood. Comfortably, of course, only because they each despise the majority of their classmates and other people, not because they enjoy their social status as outcasts. Ginger, played by Katharine Isabelle, may be more famous in America for her role in Freddy vs. Jason, and as horror fans surely you remember Emily Perkins, who plays Brigitte, from her role as Beverly Marsh in 'It.' Anyway, Perkins does a great job as the outcast disgusted with people in general, although her constant look of antipathy on a face always half covered with hair tends to get a little old. It's hard to accept as a protagonist someone who is constantly sneering at the world.

What I really liked about the movie was the way it tied in Ginger's transformation with the raging hormones that tend to impact the lives of teenagers at right about that time of life. Well, typically about three years earlier, but that's just another reason the girls reject close friendships with other people. Three years late with their menstruation and dressed in heavy, dark clothing complete with over-sized and untied Dr. Martens, knee-high black socks, dark plaid skirts and heavy black coats tends to be a combination that wins you no points with the cheerleader crowd. Thus it is more understandable why the two sisters have developed such a bond, which is unusually close even for twins (which they are not).

There is one point in the movie, after having been attacked, scratched and bitten, I think, by the neighborhood werewolf, Ginger starts to grow hair out of the huge claw-wounds on her shoulder, and in one scene finds herself talking to the school nurse, who explains to her about changes in her body, such as hair where there was no hair before. This is even further tied in with the girls' disgust with their own emerging sexuality, as Ginger's period equated with the disease she was given by the werewolf, referred to as 'the curse.' Given their attitudes about sexuality, it would seem that menstruation is being referred to, but in the context of the rest of the movie I would think that a disease that turns you into a hideous, hairless wolf would qualify for that title more than something as natural as menstruation.

Screenwriter Karen Walton clearly writes from the perspective of someone who has been through the turmoil of female development, since a man could never have written something as accurate as this movie. On the other hand, I have no idea what it's like for teenage girls during puberty, so I don't have much way of knowing how accurate the portrayal really is, but I knew a lot of girls in high school and these girls look and act a lot like the girls I knew did. Except for the whole fangs and blood thing. Oh and the pictures of fake suicides. I never knew anyone who was into that stuff all that much.

I remember when I was in high school I did have a femur pen exactly like the ones that Ginger and Brigitte both use in this movie. I used to use it to show people where I had broken mine when I was a kid. Snapped that ball at the top right off and it was no fun at all. I remember that my pen wrote in this weird purplish color and didn't write very well, as you can see briefly in one scene in the movie, but it was still a cool pen.

Clearly, since the movie spawned two sequels, which both came out in quick succession, there must be something good about it. I was not that impressed with the lycanthrope at the end of the movie, but I loved how much it was kept off screen for more than the first hour, just like Spielberg kept that shark out of Jaws completely for a good portion of the film. I like to think that, like Spielberg, director John Fawcett knew that he had something mediocre in the effects department, if only because a living, breathing, bleeding werewolf is not the easiest thing to come up with on what must have been a less than extensive budget.

It really is surprising that Ginger Snaps is able to deal almost exclusively with teens and their budding sexuality and not come off as another exploitive teen horror movie, but it succeeds because the movie is well written, directed, and performed by everyone involved. Also featured is a wonderful performance from Mimi Rogers, who, as the girls' mother, clearly remembers what it was like to go through what Ginger is going through, but just as clearly has no idea how to handle their outbursts (consider her reaction in the scene when Ginger screams at her to get out of the bathroom). I can't speak for the sequels yet, but this movie is worth a look.

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