My Quick Review: Ginger Snaps was actually a good surprise. I love the fact that the main characters are young girls when, usually, werewolf movies are all about guys (and the girls are the victims). The movie is a coming-of-age story, an introduction to womanhood and the body transformation of a young teenage girl, werewolf-style!
What makes the story believable is the chemistry between the two main characters and the strong bond they have. While Ginger slowly changes (physically and mentally) her sister has to face her own struggles while helping her to fight the hunger.
One other big difference with other werewolf movies is that the transformation is progressive and reach full werewolf state the night of the full moon rather than happening over a few minutes. Ginger starts to have more body hair, her hunger grows as well as her sexual appetite and her body transforms progressively.
I’d definitively recommend this movie as an interesting alternative to traditional “macho” werewolf movies. The characters are a tad more complex and Ginger Snaps rely on them to build tension and make us sympathize with them.
My Rating: 6/10
Director: John Fawcett