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Ginger Snaps [DVD] [2001] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Emily Perkins , Katharine Isabelle , John Fawcett    DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Emily Perkins, Katharine Isabelle, Kris Lemche, Mimi Rogers, Jesse Moss
  • Directors: John Fawcett
  • Writers: John Fawcett, Karen Walton
  • Producers: Alicia Reilly Larson, Dan Lyon, Karen Lee Hall, Noah Segal, Steven Hoban
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Live / Artisan
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Oct 2001
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005NKSD
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 230,583 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Written by Karen Walton and directed by John Fawcett, Ginger Snaps combines horror and pubescent angst in a thoughtful portrayal of female teenage development both socially and physically. The Fitzgerald sisters are alienated to the point of discussing honouring the suicide pact they made when they were eight, and producing disturbing mock-up photographs of their violent deaths. Then the slightly older Ginger is bitten by a werewolf and starts developing hair in odd places and feeling more alive than she has ever felt--but it's not entirely clear whether this is sexual maturity or monstrosity creeping up on her until she starts developing canines and a tail. The look and feel of the movie is a cross between Grimms's Fairytales and Neil Jordan's A Company of Wolves, while the influence of Buffy the Vampire Slayer runs through both script and cinematography--which means it occasionally looks like an extended episode of Buffy, minus the Vampire slayer herself. The performances of Emily Perkins as the nervy Goth Brigitte and of Katherine Isabelle as the extrovert charismatic Ginger are more or less faultless; we are taken to the heart of this claustrophobic relationship just as it starts to implode. Mimi Rogers as their ditzy mother and Kris Lemke as the stoner who tries to help Brigitte are almost equally excellent.

On the DVD: The DVD includes as special features some impressive screen tests by Perkins and Isabelle in which we see them evolving their final takes on the characters; we also get a mildly interesting documentary on the construction of the werewolf Ginger becomes and a featurette that has some snappy one-liners from the cast, as well as production notes and cast notes. The Dolby sound catches the nervy grungy world of the film, which is presented in 16:9 ratio.--Rox Kaveney

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best,, the very best werewolf film 31 Oct 2004
Beyond a doubt, my favourite werewolf movie, and a striking confirmation that 'teenage' horror can be graced by lean, character-led productions, good writing, and good acting, and not reduced to couch-potato indolence by Hollywood's fast-food diet of big budget, star-studied, slash and gore, titillating trivia. Do you get the impression I'm serious about this one?
"Ginger Snaps" takes the concept of the werewolf - a myth we have lived with since prehistory - and transforms it into a chilly tale of modern adolescence. It, at once, affirms teenage fears and plays upon them. Emily Perkins (Brigitte) and Katharine Isabelle (Ginger) are two teenage for whom puberty has been delayed, much to the consternation of their mother, who is constantly trying to feed them up on a healthy diet ... and checking their laundry for evidence that they've finally become women.
The sisters inhabit a world in which the intellect is numbed; the most terrifying demand made of teenagers is that they fit in. Outcasts - they are hated by their status-seeking classmates - the girls remain the closest of friends, darkly dressed, fashion-rejecting Goths united by a death pact and a fascination with the macabre, and haunted by the boredom and sterility of existence in the suburb of Bailey Downs.
On the night of Ginger's first period, the girls are attacked by a creature which has scented her blood. As they flee, it is knocked down and killed by a van. The girls escape ... but from now on, there's something not quite right with Ginger. Brigitte can see it, Brigitte works out what has happened, Brigitte sets out to save her sister, to find salvation not in religion, but in science and a drug remedy for the curse which has infected Ginger's blood.
This is sophisticated horror.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
At the end of "Phases," the second season episode of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" where Willow discovers that her boyfriend Oz has become a werewolf. He thinks this is a major complication, but Willow replies: "Well, I like you. You're nice, and you're funny, and you don't smoke, and okay, werewolf but that's not all the time. I mean, three days out of the month I'M not much fun to be around either."
The relationship between lycanthropy and menstruation is explored for pretty much everything it is worth in "Ginger Snaps," a macabre hybrid of the horror and coming-of-age genres. The screenplay by Karen Walton has lots of bite, in both directions, and even when the ending goes all horror show, director John Fawcett manages to not lose the focus on all the levels this film is operating on. This might not be a great horror film, but it is certainly a memorable combination of gags and gagging.
The story is about too sisters who are bored to tears in their suburbian Ontario track development. Ginger Fitzgerald (Katharine Isabelle) is 16 and Brigitte (Emily), called "B," is 15, and for fun they stage and photograph tableaus of their own deaths. Their mother (Mimi Rogers) is concerned, not because of their fascination with death or their goth wardrobe but because neither girl has had her first period. The girls are social outcasts, which only strengthens the bond between them and it clear that all they can really count on in this world are each other, which is good. Because they are going to need that bond big time when the fur begins to fly.
That is because on the night of the full moon Ginger gets her first period and is attacked by a werewolf.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the finest Horror Movies of recent years 16 Mar 2003
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With the recent spate of 'Scream' clones, this film comes as a breath of fresh air - highly original and truly scary without the tongue in cheek note of it's current horror competitors.
The film is about 2 inseparable sisters who are considered 'freaks' by their classmates due to their preoccuptaion with death and are suffocated by their overbearing mother - their relationship changes when one of them - Ginger - gets bitten by a werewolf and we head into the territory of folklore and myth.
The young cast are exceptional, I particularly like Emily Perkins as Brigitte and Kris Lemche as Sam. And the special effects, whilst a little hit and miss, more often than not convince.
For anyone who enjoyed American Werewolf in London and The Howling - this is a must-see!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning cult movie 29 Jun 2003
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I have stayed up many nights watching many cult and sci-fi films hoping that I would find a half decent one. Ginger snaps is a film that I can relate to, being an unusual, rebellious teenager who is constantly being victimised and picked on by the entire studant body. Watching this film reminded me of myself and the situations I had been put it.
Ginger and her sister Bridget are two sisters who are obsessed with death and make film projects on the topic for school, their parents, to put it blankly are useless. Their father is too scared to take action against their rebellious bad ways an dtheir mother believes that children must learn from their mistakes, meaning that she lets them do whatever they want.
Ginger is attacked by a werewolf on the first night of her period, leaving Bridget to help fend off the beast and get Ginger home. Ginger becomes infected and starts growing a tail in, hair, fangs and she starts to kill people and animals. Ginger is extremely confident, whereas her younger sister Bridget lacks it greatly. Bridget would love to be her sister and will do anything for her, even die.
Sam a drug dealer falls for bridget and helps her find a 'cure' for Ginger. Sam and Bridget never get to reveal their feelings for each other as things with Ginger get out of hand when she becomes a full werewolf.
There is plenty of black humour mixed with violent events mostly perpertrated by Ginger herself and the script is very well written.
All in all this is one of the best movies I have ever seen in my life! and the music for the film is mysterious and gothic! and totally BRILLIANT
buy this movie!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great horror film
have been a fan of this quirky horror film since seeing it on tv years ago. Werewolf fans will like this,quite gory but strangely funny too.
Published 2 months ago by Wendy Harding
2.0 out of 5 stars Laughable
This film is terrible. The characters are annoying, the story line is ridiculous and the special effects are rubbish. I wish I hadn't waste my money.
Published 4 months ago by Jennie240575
5.0 out of 5 stars A very new intruiging take on the werewolf subgenre.
Ginger Snaps is no doubt a cult classic which tells the story of two teenage sisters who are obsessed with death and have made a pact to die at the age of sixteen, however all of... Read more
Published 7 months ago by josh91
2.0 out of 5 stars A good start
Plenty of creative new material for the film, and for the first half all went well. Excellent humour, on an unusual plot, ie how are Werewolf bitches different? Read more
Published 9 months ago by Barbara. Barron
5.0 out of 5 stars Ginger snaps
Me and my partner thought this film was very good and well worth watching. The special affects were good and the plot keeps you thinking til the very last minute, and quite a few... Read more
Published 10 months ago by gmarie
5.0 out of 5 stars a present that was loved
i remember seeing this film a long time ago and its very different to alot of them out there
a gift for my partner as she loves horror and dark films and she loved it... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Scott Wolfe
5.0 out of 5 stars great
great i would recomend this product to a friend, as it was on time and as described. . . :)
Published 14 months ago by L. Simpson
4.0 out of 5 stars A decent, interesting horror movie.
Ginger Snaps has to be one of the most underrated horror movies in existence. Ginger Snaps uses the transformation into a werewolf as a metaphor for puberty. Read more
Published on 13 Dec 2011 by rjmacreadys
3.0 out of 5 stars too much about american teenagers and not enough about werewolves
I think that people who prefer the more atmospheric werewolf films that build tension and basically involve the werewolf hunting down it's victims, often in a rural setting, would... Read more
Published on 27 Nov 2011 by Deej
5.0 out of 5 stars A cult classic
My Thoughts: Ginger Snaps is a wonderfully written horror film with interesting characters and a great sense of sarcastic humour. Read more
Published on 9 Jun 2011 by Dismal Angel
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