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Ginger Snaps

2000

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  • Part of the brilliance here is that a cheesy horror film is all Ginger Snaps aspires to be... In many ways, [it] creates meaning in the same way as its B-movie fellows: through the strict use of metaphor. We can think of horror as a genre incarnating unspoken fears — of disease, of sex, of technology — as monsters; revealing a fear and then battling it brings about a kind of catharsis, maybe.

  • The puberty metaphor is unsubtle and familiar from horror films with a male perspective, but this 2000 Canadian feature from screenwriter Karen Walton and director John Fawcett carves out a new space for girls in the genre, smashing its long-standing binary of amoral sluts and virginal "last girls" for more complex protagonists who talk and act like real teenagers. . . . The sharp feminist narrative makes up for the admirable but underwhelming werewolf makeup and other practical effects.

  • Fawcett and Walton have transcended their various fealties to the ghosts of horror films' past and have arrived at a place that's bracingly vulnerable and dangerous. Ginger Snaps is a legitimately great teen tragedy that exposes its protagonists' faux-nihilism for what it truly is: easy.

  • Ginger Snaps is perhaps the only teen horror film to connect the idea of werewolves to the menstrual cycle. While other films, such as Teen Wolf (1985) and I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957) use lycanthropy as a metaphor for growing up, they do not reflect the feminine experience. This is a film that tackles the unique struggles of being a teenage girl, and the particular social concerns that emerge with a woman’s transforming body.