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Old 10-07-10, 08:51 PM   #1
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"Ginger Snaps" Reviews/Discussion - 2010 Horror Challenge: Day 23



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Old 10-10-10, 09:53 AM   #2
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Re: "Ginger Snaps" Reviews/Discussion - 2010 Horror Challenge: Day 23

Ginger Snaps is an excellent film and I'm really glad someone picked it for this challenge. It's a great fresh modern day take on the werewolf mythos. I wasn't as fond of the sequels.

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However, it really bothers me this never received a proper widescreen original aspect ratio US home release. I've been tempted to hunt down the canadian "collector's edition" but am too cheap. It's amazing how some movies can spawn franchise sequels but never get proper home video masters. Hopefully this gets an upgrade soon, maybe blu-ray.
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Old 10-10-10, 09:36 PM   #3
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Re: "Ginger Snaps" Reviews/Discussion - 2010 Horror Challenge: Day 23

I watched this for the first time the other day and loved it. I know were sparking this discussion early but using lycanism as a metaphor for puberty? So awesome.
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Re: "Ginger Snaps" Reviews/Discussion - 2010 Horror Challenge: Day 23

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Ginger Snaps is an excellent film and I'm really glad someone picked it for this challenge. It's a great fresh modern day take on the werewolf mythos. I wasn't as fond of the sequels.

However, it really bothers me this never received a proper widescreen original aspect ratio US home release. I've been tempted to hunt down the canadian "collector's edition" but am too cheap. It's amazing how some movies can spawn franchise sequels but never get proper home video masters. Hopefully this gets an upgrade soon, maybe blu-ray.
I got my Canadian copy off Amazon or Half.com about a year ago for around 10 bucks used. Since I love the film, it is quite worth the few extra bucks to get the collector's edition just for the OAR.

And as a big fan of this movie, I too was disappointed by the sequels. Haven't tried to watch those in quite some time since my memory of them was that they were pretty poor (with the third film just being plain out strange).

Since I watched this not too long ago, I probably won't give a full review but just to say that it, along with Dog Soldiers, are two of the best werewolf films ever and rank up there with American Werewolf In London.
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Re: "Ginger Snaps" Reviews/Discussion - 2010 Horror Challenge: Day 23

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Ginger Snaps is an excellent film and I'm really glad someone picked it for this challenge. It's a great fresh modern day take on the werewolf mythos. I wasn't as fond of the sequels.

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However, it really bothers me this never received a proper widescreen original aspect ratio US home release. I've been tempted to hunt down the canadian "collector's edition" but am too cheap. It's amazing how some movies can spawn franchise sequels but never get proper home video masters. Hopefully this gets an upgrade soon, maybe blu-ray.
I got lucky and found it randomly used in a local Bay Area DVD/CD/Vinyl chain store for maybe $8.

I think the cheapest you can get it new is like $10-$13 new on Amazon/Ebay.
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Re: "Ginger Snaps" Reviews/Discussion - 2010 Horror Challenge: Day 23

i wish lionsgate (or whoever owns it now) would hurry up and release this on blu-ray
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Re: "Ginger Snaps" Reviews/Discussion - 2010 Horror Challenge: Day 23

I liked this movie but the one thing that always bothered me was nobody in the high school ever went into the principal's office or tried calling him the entire day. His car has to be still parked there and unless my memory is hazy, the last thing anyone saw of him was when he had two young girls in his office before his door was closed for the rest of the day. Nope, nothing wrong with that.
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Re: "Ginger Snaps" Reviews/Discussion - 2010 Horror Challenge: Day 23

I love the movie and got to see it on the big screen in Canada upon its initial release. I also have the Canadian DVD.
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Old 10-19-10, 08:27 PM   #9
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Re: "Ginger Snaps" Reviews/Discussion - 2010 Horror Challenge: Day 23

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I watched this for the first time the other day and loved it. I know were sparking this discussion early but using lycanism as a metaphor for puberty? So awesome.
It's a simple idea, but original and effective.

The first sequel isn't great, but pretty inoffensive. I've heard enough about the second sequel to stay far away. But the original is one of the best horror flicks to come out of the 2000s.
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Old 10-19-10, 10:07 PM   #10
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Re: "Ginger Snaps" Reviews/Discussion - 2010 Horror Challenge: Day 23

Great movie. The Canadian DVD is definitely the way to go.

Haven't seen the sequels; heard bad things about both, but I've always been curious about them anyway.

It's a shame Katharine Isabelle doesn't have a bigger career.
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Re: "Ginger Snaps" Reviews/Discussion - 2010 Horror Challenge: Day 23

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It's a simple idea, but original and effective.

The first sequel isn't great, but pretty inoffensive. I've heard enough about the second sequel to stay far away. But the original is one of the best horror flicks to come out of the 2000s.
Yes, they play out that idea/connection very well.

I sort of liked the sequel. Watching the third as we 'speak', and it isn't awful. But maybe I'm just liking the chances to see the two leads again, really like them in these roles, and hope they get more work.
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A major blip on the werewolf movie radar. The werewolf mythos has always been my favorite of the classic monster stories. After the 80's started with such a bang, the werewolf movies really disappointed (or disappeared) for quite a while. Bad Moon was a breath of fresh air in '96, but Ginger Snaps just seemed to come out of nowhere, becoming one of my favorites the first time I ever saw it. Skip the sequels.
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Re: "Ginger Snaps" Reviews/Discussion - 2010 Horror Challenge: Day 23

The first is good but as others have said skip the sequel.
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Old 10-23-10, 06:50 PM   #14
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I like the first sequel...
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Clever werewolf movie about two oddball sisters, one of whom gets bitten by a werewolf. When I first saw this eight or so years ago, I was rather underwhelmed; however, I now find it to be a fine addition to the werewolf canon. Both leads are superb, the script is witty and poignant, and there are enough twists on the traditional werewolf mythos that I at times felt like I was seeing a werewolf film for the first time. Shares the same theme as The Company of Wolves, but, unlike that film, Ginger Snaps doesn't try to drench everything in symbolism to the point of obtuseness. The only letdowns, and they're minor ones, are that the film feels somewhat overlong and the creature design isn't up to snuff. Other than that, I'd rank it as the best werewolf film of the last twenty-five years.
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Re: "Ginger Snaps" Reviews/Discussion - 2010 Horror Challenge: Day 23

I've always enjoyed this film. Packed full of the best one-liners/quotes from any movie I've seen for this year's Challenge.

I don't think I've seen the sequels. Isn’t there also a prequel?
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The 2nd movie is a sequel, the 3rd movie is a prequel that takes place in the 19th century.
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Re: "Ginger Snaps" Reviews/Discussion - 2010 Horror Challenge: Day 23

i wish they'd release this on blu-ray...my third favorite werewolf film behind AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON and THE WOLFMAN (the original)
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Re: "Ginger Snaps" Reviews/Discussion - 2010 Horror Challenge: Day 23

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I know were sparking this discussion early but using lycanism as a metaphor for puberty? So awesome.
My wife and I have long recommended Ginger Snaps to friends of ours that are parents of teen (or soon to be teen) girls for that very reason.

And as Undeadcow already mentioned, it is a damn shame this film hasn't received better DVD treatment.
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I remember reading about this one online for awhile before I had the chance to see it. I think I fall a little bit more in love with it with each viewing and it's quickly made its way into my top three werewolf films -- The Howling and An American Werewolf in London being my favorites since I was a little girl.

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I like the first sequel...
Same here. The first time I saw it, I wasn't all that crazy about it, but the second time around, I found I enjoyed it more. I think the first definitely outshines the rest of the series, but I still find them all fun to watch.

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But maybe I'm just liking the chances to see the two leads again, really like them in these roles, and hope they get more work.
And that may be why!
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i wish lionsgate (or whoever owns it now) would hurry up and release this on blu-ray
I have the latest release. Ginger Snaps Back which I like a lot. I haven't bought or even seen any of the others yet. But there's no need to buy them now until the bluray releases come out that is.
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