VIDEO: MOVIES: REVIEW: Ginger Snaps 1 (2000)

Claire: 4.6/5 stars, 8.8/10.
Carolyn: 5/5 stars, 9/10.
Native ratings: 3.3/5 stars Netflix, 6.7/10 IMDB.

Claire’s thoughts:  Things got bad.  Then they got worse.  Then they ended badly.  (I mean for the characters in the movie, not the viewer.)  This is pretty much what should happen in a horror movie…And this movie was able to deliver it without the typical annoying horror movie formulas and tropes. There was a real sense of chemistry between the two sisters. And no… I’m not talking about a sexual chemistry… No shipping!!  This is not a “queer movie”, despite how much certain female bloggers want it to be. It is, however, a great example of a movie with female characters who aren’t just 2-dimensional dumb bitches, which is something the horror genre very much needs to break some of its own monotony.

But anyway… Werewolves, high school, sisters, good characters, good acting, good dialog.

I have an urge to describe this as “Heathers meets An American Werewolf In London”, but that’s really not an entirely accurate comparison. Also had a decent soundtrack… Soulfly in a movie in 2001?!?

Carolyn’s thoughts:  This kept me engaged with the movie the entire time.

According to the IMDB trivia, Lucy Lawless was the PA system announcer.

Directed by John Fawcett (6 eps of Xena: Warrior Princess), who co-wrote it with Karen Walton.

Emily Perkins (Juno, Insomnia, 35 eps of Da Vinci’s Inquest, 26 eps of Hiccups, 3 eps of Supernatural) as Brigitte.
Katharine Isabelle (Freddy Vs. Jason, 30 Days Of Night: Dark Days, Insomnia, Titanic, 1 ep of Smallville, 1 ep of The L Word) as Ginger.
Kris Lemche (In Time, The FP. Final Destination 3, eXistenZ, 24: Redemption) as Sam.
Mimi Rogers (Cruel Intentions 2, Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery, Gung Ho, 7 eps of The X-Files, 2 eps of Neighbors From Hell, 2 eps of The Larry Sanders Show) as Pamela, the mom.
Jesse Moss (Tucker And Dale Vs Evil, Final Destination 3) as Jason.
Danielle Hampton as Trina.
John Bourgeois (3 eps of Puppets Who Kill, 1 ep of Friday The 13th: The Series) as Henry.
Peter Keleghan (Shattered, 2 eps of Cheers, 1 ep of Seinfeld, 1 ep of Puppets Who Kill) as Mr. Wayne.
Christopher Redman (Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy, Totally Awesome, Bless The Child) as Ben.
Lindsay Leese (Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy, National Lampoon’s Senior Trip) as Nurse Ferry.
Pak-Kwong Ho as Janitor.

LINK URL: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0210070/combined

VIDEO: MOVIES: REVIEW: Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed (2004)

Clint: 3.4/5 stars, 7/10. (I’m deferring to Carolyn’s rating as I’m kind of unsure of my feelings.)
Carolyn: 3.4/5 stars, 7/10.
Native ratings: 3.2/5 stars Netflix, 6.4/10 IMDB.

Not as good as the first one.  This one follows Brigitte as she deals with being infected by the lycanthropy.  It was still entertaining enough.  It was still good. Just not nearly as good. It was a good horror movie, but they kinda dropped the whole sisterly aspect of the first one that brought much of the interestingness to the original. So the chemistry was completely different, and it didn’t have that Ginger Snaps 1 feel that they brought back with Ginger Snaps 3 (which I’ll be reviewing next).

What this movie has going for it is that it is a continuation of the same original story. It’s canon. Ginger Snaps 3 is not. So this is it. When you watch this movie, don’t be tricked into thinking that the story will continue. That’s it, it’s over, and it’s kind of messed up.

Also, just what was unleashed? If anything, that’s backward. But I digress.

This is worth watching simply as a way to coast by on the good feeling you get from how awesome Ginger Snaps 1 is. I’d definitely recommend watching this. Definitely. You need to see how the story concludes. But this movie doesn’t stand on its own as being particularly special, other than how it connects to the greatness of Ginger Snaps 1.

Directed by Brett Sullivan. Written by Megan Martin.

Only the 2 main characters were from the first movie: Ginger & Brigitte.

Emily Perkins (Juno, Insomnia, 35 eps of Da Vinci’s Inquest, 26 eps of Hiccups, 3 eps of Supernatural) as Brigitte.
Katharine Isabelle (Freddy Vs. Jason, 30 Days Of Night: Dark Days, Insomnia, Titanic, 1 ep of Smallville, 1 ep of The L Word) as Ginger.

The rest were new faces:

Brendan Fletcher (1 ep of Smallville) as Jeremy, the librarian.
Tatiana Maslany (Stir Of Echoes 2, 11 eps of Orphan Black) as Ghost.
Janet Kidder as Alice.
Pascale Hutton (Fantastic Four, 3 eps of Smallville) as Beth-Ann, the mean girl.
Michelle Beaudoin (24 eps of Sabrina The Teenage Witch) as Winnie.
Eric Johnson (24 eps of Smallville, Flash Gordon in 21 eps of Flash Gordon) as Tyler, the guy who returns favors.
Patricia Idlette (Scary Movie 3) as Dr. Brookner.

LINK URL: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0353489/combined