Undetected: Ginger Snaps

8 03 2007

ginger20snaps.jpgThis is another new feature which will highlight good/enjoyable films that may have gone unnoticed to the mainstream public. Once again, I ask that those reading this post feel free to comment leaving suggestion and concepts for further installments.

gingersnaps.jpgWhy is it important?
Ginger Snaps is a rarity in the modern horror genre in which we are presented a film with clever wit and a superb eye for direction. The movie reinvents the typical werewolf monster flick by making it current and hip with a fresh setting and an unwillingness to accept Hollywood’s terms. Rather than settle for just being a good frightfest, it instead surpasses films such as Wolfen, An American Werewolf in London and The Howling to become the to best man-wolf feature in the past 30 years. This is one film takes a bite into you and doesn’t release until the credits roll.

What is it about?
The films follows two sisters who bid their time together in the basement of their home. The sisters are intrigued by the macabre and fascinated by death. “Dead by sixteen. Or out in the scene. But together forever,” is their binding oath. But all that changes when Ginger is bitten by a werewolf on a full moon. Now it is up to Bridgette to find a way to save her sister before she is consumed by the urge within. The film is more about the bond between them than the actual gore, though the film doesn’t skimp in that gs-se_shot3l.jpg department.

Who is in it?
The only cast member who has gained any recognition in America is Katherine Isabella who plays the title character. Isabella starred in 2003’s Freddy Vs. Jason as the drinking/chain-smoking friend who has just lost her boyfriend. The rest of the cast is comprise of unknowns with another notable except being Mimi Rogers who plays the girls’ mother.

Final Thought…
Ginger Snaps is a movie every single horror fan should watch at some point. Even people who normally shy away from this genre should try giving this Canadian film a spin because you might be plesantly surprised by the quality. Ginger Snaps has it all in place: the acting, the screenplay, the direction and the special effects are miles above the norm for a low-budget horror flick. So do yourself a favor and check this one out.
Here’s just a taste of this delicious feast:

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2 responses

22 03 2007
Jessie

another film you made me watch and that I enjoyed. and if you didn’t already know I ended up buying my own copy. seriously this is a fantastic horror movie.

30 07 2007
Werewolf

Just caught this the other evening – not a bad werewolf flick overall. Nice to see traditional monsters being used in nonconformist fashion.

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