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Ginger Snaps Back - The Beginning [DVD]

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  • Actors: Katharine Isabelle, Emily Perkins, Nathaniel Arcand, J.R. Bourne, Hugh Dillon
  • Directors: Grant Harvey
  • Producers: Grant Harvey, Paula Devonshire, Steve Hoban
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Whv
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Jan. 2005
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006Z40QY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,717 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Set in the 19th century, this prequel is the third in the sequence of gothic horror films starring Katharine Isabelle and Emily Perkins. The two orphaned sisters, Ginger (Isabelle) and Brigitte (Perkins), are making their way across a cold, harsh winter wilderness when they stumble upon the remains of a broken-down Indian outpost that has been the target of a series of savage attacks from werewolves, who have killed a substantial percentage of the community's population. After one of the few survivors, a wise old woman, issues them with an oblique and ominous warning, the young women are helped out by an enigmatic Indian man known only as 'The Hunter' - but it may already be too late for Ginger...

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Ginger Snaps Back now takes place in the 19th century with the same fromulaic elements from the first one. An oddly paced film, the two actresses still do a decent job in portraying the ancestors of their characters from Ginger Snaps. The weakest of the trilogy, because A; a prequel was not necessary. B; a very unoriginal plot; and C; story development not that great. The thing what worked with the first film was it's uniqueness worked very well for having a teenage girl becoming a werewolf and using teen angst and puberty as innovative aspects of the film. The sequel could have been better by structuring the whole film a bit more maintained. Now with this one it was unnecessary to have a backstory, because there was no mention of it in Ginger Snaps and it is very formulaic.
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Third time is the charm. This is the third movie "Ginger Snaps Back" in the ginger snaps series and in my opinion the best. The first "Ginger Snaps" of course always get the privilege of being unique as a different more caring wolfy sisters. The second "Ginger Snaps 2" however was nothing more than an exploitation film relying on the reputation of the first film.

They seem to have found more money for this prequel and took acting lessons as this film was beautiful and well organized. There were a few overdone "Blair Witch" type scenes but they did not distract form the over all feel. It was a bit darker but would have been impossible to make otherwise. You may also notice that they had to go out of their way to show the sisters periodically as the story and some of the other actors were acting rings around them.

During the early exploration of the continent (1815) a group of people built a fort on the edge of the known world. Through a series of misfortunes and events two sisters Bridget and Ginger are lead to the fort by a mysterious native. There they encounter some odd characters and something unspeakable howling outside the fort.

Is it safer inside or out side the fort?

What is seen in the future and must it come true?

Is the bond of sisters stronger than any adversity?
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Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning is a good film in its own right. The plot and characters are involving, the script is well written, the effects are not horrifc, the actors are great and the twist at the end makes the film. The other side to this film is that it lacks an extra dimension unless viewers watch Ginger Snaps and Ginger Snaps Unleashed. GSU is the better film of them all, but in order to love the films, you must watch them all, as the correlation between storylines is needed for the extra 'oomph'. Great film, has now become a cult trilogy. Let's hope they don't over do it and bring out another sequel.
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I rate the first "Ginger Snaps" as the finest werewolf film I've ever seen - beautifully scripted, well directed, and great chemistry between Emily Perkins and Katherine Isabelle. The sequel, "Ginger Snaps Unleashed", was also a fine production. Do you sense I'm delaying getting to the point?
"Ginger Snaps Back" does not live up to the standards of the first two. It's not a bad film, it's just not exceptional. It sets out to explore where the curse of the werewolf originated - was Ginger bitten randomly (in "Ginger Snaps"), or had she been hunted down the years by a destiny she could never hope to escape?
So, this prequel takes us back to the year 1815 - Napoleon is meeting his Waterloo in Belgium ... but in a palisaded fort near Hudson Bay, the remnants of a group of trappers are praying that their missing colleagues will return with supplies before winter really sets in.
Riding through a chilly forest, lightly dusted in fresh snow, our two heroines share a horse. The animal will soon be scared off by some unseen evil lurking in the trees. Brigitte will be injured. She and Ginger will be led to the illusionary safety of the fort by a taciturn Indian. Together forever, the two sisters will be greeted with suspicion and threats by the trappers. You'd think two nubile young ladies would get an entirely warmer welcome, but only the Indians seem pleased with their arrival - legend has it that the coming of the red and the black sisters will augur the raising of an ancient curse. The scene is set ... .
It's a very atmospheric film - the opening shots in the forest are beautifully framed and focused. The lighting and photography throughout is excellent. Direction is fine.
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THE MOVIE

GINGER SNAPS BACK: THE BEGINNING is the "prequel" to GINGER SNAPS and GINGER SNAPS (2): UNLEASHED. Personally it's not only my favorite werewolf movie in general, it's also my favorite in the series, due to the unique and darker atmosphere and the incredibly well-working setting: 19th century Canada.
It doesn't offer anything new, though and it certainly will win no awards in originality.
Katharine Isabelle and Emily Perkins basically play the same characters as in the previous parts, just in the past. They both deliver very good and convincing performances.
The pacing is just perfect, the special effects overall quite good - no CGI here - just the werewolves looked better in the UNDERWORLD movies, they are just OK here.
GINGER SNAPS BACK: THE BEGINNING would have been better (probably also more successful) if it had been the first in the series simply because seeing the same actresses in the same roles with the same story won't appeal to everybody, but if you can look past this, you're in for a very good werewolf movie indeed!

RATING: 9 / 10

THE DVD

Reviewed version: 2004 Mosaic Entertainment UK DVD
Feature running time: 90 mins. (uncut)
Rating: R (MPAA) / 18 (BBFC)
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 / 16:9 (anamorphic)
Audio: English 5.1
Subtitles: NONE
Chapters: 12
Extras: Theatrical Trailer, Deleted Scenes, Director's video diary, Wolfboy, Production Design, Featurettes.
Region: 2

Picture: C+
Audio: B
Extras: C+
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