By all accounts, Ginger Snaps (2000) is supposed to be an awesome werewolf movie, and one that EVERY fan of lycanthrope flicks should watch. Well, I beg to disagree here, because having just watched Ginger Snaps on Blu Ray, and having had my hopes built up that I was in for a treat, I am afraid that the movie left me feeling utterly disappointed. In fact, it made me SNAPPY with utter disappointment, because that disappointment was tinged with downright annoyance at what a boring, far-fetched story this was.
The basic premise of Ginger Snaps involves two death-obsessed teen sisters, outcasts in their suburban neighborhood, who must deal with the tragic consequences when one of them is bitten by a werewolf. The movie mixes teenage coming-of-age and feminine menstruation with the horror elements of becoming a werewolf. But for me, this mixture just does not work. I found the storyline extremely dull, the characters boring and annoying, and the plot quite ridiculous. Moreover, the movie prompted the question: is becoming a woman analogous, in some deep psychological way, to becoming a werewolf? I don’t know. I don’t care. All I know is that I wasted my money on this total piece of celluloid garbage. It’s a pity that the movie didn’t live up to my expectations, as Scream Factory did a really good job (as they always do) with this Blu Ray/DVD combo edition.
I was also very disappointed with the way the werewolf was presented. It totally deviated from the popular and traditional image of the lupine beast we all love, and instead decided to make it a hairless – yes, HAIRLESS – werewolf! It looked more like a great big, fat, fleshy, pinky pig than a ravenous, ferocious, hairy lycanthrope. And I am sure I speak for the vast majority of werewolf-fans here when I say that to make a lycanthrope bald in a movie is to commit an unforgivable cardinal sin as far as sticking to PROPER werewolf attributes is concerned. We like our werewolves wonderfully HAIRY, not as bald as a bloody coot.
Needless to say, I won’t be revisiting Ginger Snaps, and have flogged it on eBay, as I do with any movie that does not merit a space in my Blu Ray collection. One of the most disappointing and ludicrous werewolf movies I have ever watched, without doubt. Not a patch on such classics as The Howling or American Werewolf In London. So be warned. Don’t waste your money.
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