In a world where mythic monsters dwell the 2000 film 'Ginger Snaps' stands alone. A twist cone mix that's one part 'The Trouble with Angels' one part 'I Was a Teenage Werewolf' and pure blood at its core. This tale of two sisters earned a cult following for its coming of age wickedness and truthfully stands the test of time nearly fifteen years later.
Brigitte (Emily Perkins) and Ginger (Katharine Isabelle) are sisters. Gothic threads hold them close while keeping at bay the rest of the local adolescent rabble. They have sworn a death pack and would rather disappear from this world than suffer the pains of young womanhood. Sadly Mother Nature calls and with her a lycanthropes wrath. After being bitten Ginger snaps in more ways than one. Soon classmates are dying and the town is closing in on our full moon siblings. Brigitte is left alone to save her sister from her changing nature. Both well done and cliched this is a classic in the horror genre. A slightly different take on werewolf legend that both scares and brings a tear. If you haven't seen it, please take a chance on this thoughtful terror tale.
Scream Factory has given us a superb package for this film. This two disc set contains both Blu-Ray 1080p High Definition Widescreen and Anamorphic Widescreen images. Both are lovely and the DTS and Dolby Digital sound choices are equally well done. The special features are also a real treat, containing new interviews with actors Emily Perkins and Jesse Moss, as well as make-up artist Paul Jones and composer Mike Shields. There are deleted scenes, cast rehearsals, and the usual trailers. A New Women in Horror panel discussing 'Ginger Snaps' combined with wonderful commentary track by Director John Fawcette is the icing on this horror set cake.
The classic legends of monster lore have many adventures to tell. Frankenstein's Monster has gone from country side to outer space. Dracula's myth has worn so thin that he's nearly unrecognizable. With 'Ginger Snaps' our tired Werewolf becomes once again renewed. A pup as menstruating menace counting calender days toward both fertility and the madness of the moon.