Review of Ginger Snaps

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Year: 2000 - Runtime: 108 minutes - Director: John Fawcett - Writer(s): Karen Walton
Country: US and Canada - Language: English - Parental Guide: R - Color: Color
Ginger Snaps

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Rating: ★★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆


Your first clue to the type of movie you’re about to see is the title, which is a play on words in a couple of witty ways. Ginger is the name of the lead character who is bitten and infected by a werewolf on the day she gets her period.  She then goes on a killing spree, as any self-respecting werewolf would. It’s also a euphemism for a quick, unexpected dog bite. This kind of black comedy is what you’re in for, along with a good bit of gore.

Ginger and her sister consider themselves weird because they stage and photograph bloody death scenes. Then they find out that they’re really weird because one of them is now a werewolf. Your basic heavy metal, sex kitten kinda werewolf, but a lycanthrope nonetheless. A pissy one, too.

Reason to Watch

If you’re into some pretty heavy gore, like pretty young women, dark humor and metal music, you’re probably going to be a happy little viewer.  If you’re into analysis of such films, you can ponder the fact that this film was praised for using werewolfism as a metaphor for puberty. To this reviewer (a female) , it seemed more like a tongue-in-cheek illustration of how deadly women can become when they’re on their period.


This film started production right after Colombine and took quite a publicity hit for its glorifcation of teen violence.

Most Memorable Quote(s)
  • Ginger: The fuck, Bee. This is your idea. If you don’t like your ideas, stop having them.
  • Bridget: Are you sure it’s just cramps?
    Ginger: Just so you know… the words “just” and “cramps,” they don’t go together.
What You Need to Get Through This Movie

Midol and a silver belly ring.

Educational Content
  • Silver belly rings do not contain enough silver to cure werewolfism.
  • Being a werewolf apparently makes you quite horny.
Justification for Rating

It’s heavy on the gore and a bit on the depressing side, even for horror. However, the occasional humor is quite good. In fact, writer Karen Walton won an International Horror Award for Pretty Funny Writing. Not making that up.



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