Ginger Snaps

Production Year: 2000
Release Date: 07/22/2014
Studio: Scream Factory
Director: John Fawcett

Over the last few decades the horror genre has been flush with vampires, zombies, and crazed killers. But what of the Werewolf?  When will this cursed beast finally get it's due?   Over the last twenty or so years I could probably count the number of good werewolf flicks on one hand, and that's a really pity as creature has such strong mythos.  Ginger Snaps takes this legend and uses it as an allegory for puberty.  Think about werewolves for a moment; Mood swings, weird cravings, hair in strange places.  If you're not having flashbacks of middle school seek help.  The film takes an age old monster and adds a very original twist breathing a bit of new life into the werewolf subgenre.

Ginger (Katharine Isabelle) and Brigitte (Emily Perkins) are two very strange highschoolers. When not making "suicide pacts" they're taking deranged death scene photos and generally scaring the school faculty. Unfortunately for the sisters they are about to cross paths with "the beast of Bailey Downs," a rumored monster dog that has a distinct taste for neighborhood pets.  On the same night Ginger experiences her first period she's attacked by a lycanthrope. While she survives, she's now faced with two horrible obstacles; Becoming a woman and turning into a werewolf.

No one wants to believe they're turning into a werewolf and Ginger is in a state of denial.  Luckily Brigitte has her suspicions about Ginger and does her best to help thwart the changes that the approaching full moon is causing.  While she's trying her best to delay the inevitable, unfortunately a cure seems very unlikely. Brigitte confides in the town's local drug dealer Sam (Kris Lemche) in hopes that he can assist in discovering a cure.  Can the two can the two find a solution before it's too late?  Is Ginger a lost hope?  What does old janitor blood actually taste like?

Ginger Snaps is a very smart horror flick that fuses the werewolf myth with a coming of age story. We've all dealt with those awkward teen years so it's very easy to relate to Ginger and Brigitte as they deal with the transition into adulthood/lycanthropy. The direction and editing are solid, the score is extremely haunting, and best of all the actors actually look like highschoolers! We need more werewolf flicks like this.

 Ginger Snaps was always a favorite of mine and to be frank the past US DVD was pretty bad.  I'm extremely happy to report that Scream Factory did a wonderful job with this release.  The movie retains a very filmic look with a nice layer of grain that gives way to a great amount of detail.  The soundscape is a very even, I really love Michael Shields score and it sounds great on the ol' 5.1 set up.  This is a very solid release from the fan-friendly company.

This release presents the film with a number of supplements, some were created specifically for this release while a handful (mainly the SD features) were pulled from the Canadian release.

Audio Commentary with Director John Fawcett

Audio Commentary with Writer Karen Walton

Ginger Snaps: Blood, Teeth and Fur (01:06:34 HD) - An excellent documentary about the production of the film.  Interviews with the director, editor, writer, and a few more crew members are presented in the hour long feature.

Growing Pains: Puberty in Horror Films (27:09 HD) - Kristy Jett hosts a nice little Q & A with three other famed female horror journalists.  The topic?  Just as the title says, "puberty in horror films."

Deleted Scenes (25:07 SD) - A number of different deleted scenes presented in one long featurette.  Most of the scenes don't offer much however there is one pretty entertaining clip involving the sisters and a bewildered faculty member.

Theatrical Trailers (3:45 HD)

Archival footage (some from past releases.)

Featurette (4:51 SD) 

Cast Auditions and Rehearsals (17:45 SD)

Creation of the Beast (4:59)

Being John Fawcett (1:57 SD)

Great film, great transfer, great extras; A disc that's a force to be reckoned with.  This is the best treatment Ginger Snaps has received thus far and a prime example of why we are constantly throwing money at Shout Factory.  Keep up the good work!