The Change

Emily Perkins and Katharine Isabelle in Ginger Snaps (2000)

The Fitzgerald sisters; Ginger (Katharine Isabelle) and Brigitte (Emily Perkins) are twisted individuals who hate the normality of being a teenager and create a video full of shots of their own fake deaths for a school project. So bored of life they even consider going through with a suicide pact they made as young children. But then Ginger as she is dealing with puberty is attacked by a werewolf things stop being normal. As the months pass Ginger starts to go through various changes as she tries to deal with it but when a tail starts to form it seems there is no stopping what she is becoming.

Okay so "Ginger Snaps" is what ever the horror version of a chick flick is with this story which sees Ginger attacked by a werewolf which coincides with her having her first period. As the story plays out she starts going through the change but which change is it, being a teenager or being a werewolf and how does her younger sister deal with this. Now in fairness that sounds like a genuinely entertaining idea but as a bloke it doesn't appeal to me one little bit and that was reinforced as I tried to watch the movie as some bits whilst amusing and some bits most ended up not interesting me one little bit.

Now getting beyond the story there is of course the production and I don't know what the budget was for "Ginger Snaps" but it feels mid ranged with a lot of it having the familiar styling of a college horror movie but with a visually grungy over lay. It doesn't work for me and to be honest the acting doesn't either with almost ever single line featuring a pause between the delivery which makes the conversation feel stilted.

What this all boils down to is that even beyond the storyline I didn't like "Ginger Snaps" and found it a manufactured movie from the dialogue to the acting. But whilst I didn't like "Ginger Snaps" I like the idea of combining a werewolf story with a girl going through puberty.

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