- 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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Ginger Snaps Back - The Beginning [DVD]
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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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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?
"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.Read more ›
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
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
Extras: Theatrical Trailer, Deleted Scenes, Director's video diary, Wolfboy, Production Design, Featurettes.
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I got bored didnt watch for long prefer the other 2 ginger snaps filmsPublished on 14 Aug. 2014 by Miss Krissy Turner
A good old vampire thriller!You may want to close Your windows before watching this one. I got this one for my daughter's friend,who loves these vampire films. Read morePublished on 11 May 2014 by Mr. M. K. Johnson
Purchased Ginger Snaps and Ginger Snaps II and this is the last film in the series. If you like horror and vampires and werewolves then you will like this series too.Published on 29 Jan. 2013 by Bacardisoo
I have watched all the ginger snap films and this one is another good one i am well glad i got it as it really dose answer a few questions so you will enjoy it is you get it i so... Read morePublished on 31 Aug. 2012 by jennie cooper