Ginger Snaps It's a cinch to connect the hairy howling of adolescence with the legend of lycanthropes -- hence "I Was a Teenage Werewolf" and Michael J.… Ginger Snaps It's a cinch to connect the hairy howling of adolescence with the legend of lycanthropes -- hence "I Was a Teenage Werewolf" and Michael J.… 2001-10-26 R PT105M Horror Katherine Isabelle Emily Perkins Danielle Hampton Kris Lemche Mimi Rogers
Review

Ginger Snaps (2001)

MPAA Rating: R
Katherine Isabelle | PERIOD PIECE ''Ginger Snaps''' Isabelle fangs out Bite Life
PERIOD PIECE ''Ginger Snaps''' Isabelle fangs out Bite Life
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Limited Release: Oct 26, 2001; Rated: R; Length: 105 Minutes; Genre: Horror; With: Katherine Isabelle and Emily Perkins

It's a cinch to connect the hairy howling of adolescence with the legend of lycanthropes -- hence ''I Was a Teenage Werewolf'' and Michael J. Fox in ''Teen Wolf.'' But it's a bit of genius to connect werewolfishness to the condition of teenage girls aroused by the onset of menstruation. In Ginger Snaps, a ferocious, funny, gory, and astute Canadian horror parable, the bloody fate of womanhood that befalls death- obsessed, late-blooming, Goth-style Ginger (Katharine Isabelle) coincides with a full moon and an attack by the same beast that has been killing all the local dogs in the girl's boring suburban neighborhood. Soon Ginger is sprouting strange hairs, growing a tail, and coursing with violent hungers, all of which horrify her younger, plainer sister Brigitte (Emily Perkins, sulking nicely), who sets about looking for a cure for Ginger's infection with the help of a pot-dealing friend (Kris Lemche).

Meanwhile, Mom, played with fine, nutty oblivion by Mimi Rogers, remains clueless, which is only right: Although Karen Walton's script gives way to more conventional Halloween horror, director John Fawcett bears in mind the snarky attitude of ''Clueless,'' not to mention the genre-bending wit of TV's ''Buffy the Vampire Slayer.'' Find this bracing, original little movie where you can: It deserves a cult following among satire-loving, feminist-minded gore aficionados who appreciate a well-made human tail.

Originally posted Nov 09, 2001
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