Sunday, July 13, 2008

Ginger Snaps (2000)

Ginger Snaps follows these two sisters, Brigitte and Ginger. Both are suburban outcasts, obessessed with Goth and death. In fact, they both plan to commit suicide together before their sixteenth birthdays.

The plot definitely captures the mid-late 90s teen angst asthetic - the girls wear oversized hoodies and smoke cigarettes during gym class, they create an "art project" of themselves in various death scenes, and curse out the "popular" girls at every opportunity.

Anyway, in their small town, there's some sort of wild animal running around. People are finding their dogs mutiliated in their backyards, and no one is sure what's on the loose. Ginger and "B" leave the house one night to exact revenge on a certain nemesis, and unfortunately it turns out to be awful timing. Not only is it a full moon, but Ginger just happens to get her first period.

Moments later, Ginger is attacked by what appears to be a werewolf, and everything changes for the two girls. Ginger changes her look from black oversized outfits to baby tees and tight jeans. The boys at school take notice, and Ginger lets loose her voracious sexual appetite, much to some boys' pleasure and dismay. Meanwhile, "B" realizes that her sister is quickly changing into a werewolf, and she searches for a cure, involving the quite-sexy town drug dealer. Obviously, various mayhem ensues as Ginger develops a taste for blood and her sister must assist in covering up her growing list of victims.

This movie was pretty solid. It's cool to see something with werewolves (can't remember anything along those lines since The Howling) and the acting and plot move pretty quickly and have some good twists. Unfortunately the last 1/2 hour or so drags a bit annoyingly, but it all wraps up pretty well. Check it out for sure.

Grade: B+ (The Craft - goth teenagers go wild, and blood and gore ensue)