Review of Ginger Snaps

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Year: 2000 - Runtime: 108 - Director: John Fawcett - Writer(s): Karen Walton, John Fawcett
Country: Canada - Language: English - Parental Guide: NR - Color: Color

Ginger Snaps posterRating: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆


Ginger Snaps follows two sisters who fight but love each other, and are just on the break of dating boys and having to enter into the big wide world of being a young woman. Indeed, it sounds straight from the bowels of the Disney Channel, yet Ginger Snaps makes the tiresome cliches of teen romance and sisterhood sort of enthralling and fresh. Oh, of course the fact that they transform into werewolves helps as well. Ginger Snaps says a lot about womanhood, and though it doesn’t have the aggressive flair of typical horror films, it is violent and gruesome in many situations, and surprisingly thrilling. Ginger Snaps can largely be ignored on its premise, but viewers and cult fans alike may find something to grab onto.

Reason to Watch

Emily Perkins and Katharine Isabelle are gorgeous, but they also turn into terrible monster werewolves, and wreck havoc. It’s excellent! Sort of reminiscent of Salma Hayek in Dusk Till Dawn when she transformed into a werewofl and bit that guys face off.


Ginger Snaps is an endearing tale of two sisters, but it is also a violently gruesome action adventure film, so it’s essentially the best of both worlds for those first date nights.

Most Memorable Quote(s)
  • Ginger: Do you think I want to do back to being nobody? You’re fucked! 
  • Ginger: [to Brigitte] A girl can only be a slut, a bitch, a tease, or the virgin next door. 
  • Ginger: You swore we’d go together, one way or another. 
    Brigitte: When we were eight. 
What You Need to Get Through This Movie

Understand that the girls are young and will make poor decisions. You may find yourself throwing stuff at the television in frustration, sort of like the ending of Lost.


Although Katharine Isabelle is supposed to be playing Emily Perkins’ older sister, she is actually five years younger than Emily in real life. 

The production searched for sixth months to find the right actresses for the roles of Ginger and Brigitte, but were having no luck. Ironically after such a long casting processKatharine Isabelle and Emily Perkins auditioned on the same day and landed both roles. 

The opening shots of the girls fake suicides had to be shot on location at an actual home. Someone would have to distract the home owner’s four year old child whenever the actresses, who would be covered by fake gore, would have to come inside to change. 

Educational Content

Menstruation is a bitch for guys and especially girls

Being 12 does not give you the right to wiled a handgun or be a brat

Justification for Rating

The fact that Ginger Snaps really catches you off guard is truly something in film. It holds little back, and really wraps the story comfortably around two fantastic lead actresses who are believable as flawed and confused sisters.



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One Response to “Review of Ginger Snaps”

  1. Horror Movie Medication Says:

    Nice review. Quite thorough. Personally, I’m not a huge fan of the Ginger Snaps series. All three are so different it is hard to even call them a trilogy. Generally speaking, whenever you diverge from the original motif of a movie (adolescent changes and growth) in the sequels, all you are left with is random violence and gore. And that’s what this series ends up with.

    I got the chance to review of couple others in this series on my blog. They are short reviews but cover most the series. Check it out if you get the chance.


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