Ginger Snaps 3 (2004)
Director: Grant Harvey
Main Stars: Katherine Isabelle, Emily Perkins, Stephen Massicotte, Hugh Dillon
Storyline: We go back to the 19th century and learn the history of the sisters and their curse.
Review (Spoils): We travel back in time before the first film into the 19th century. Brigitte (Emily Perkins) and Ginger (Katherine Isabelle) come across a trade post which becomes under attack from a clan of werewolves. While they are trapped there and trying to survive an Indian hunter decides to help the girls survive as one of them becomes bitten by a werewolf and the curse begins for them.
I’m not positive what they were hoping to get out of this film besides some backstory which kind of ruins the first 2 movies. We learn about their original parents and why their bond is so strong as sisters but this film is lacking the dark humor which was so great about the first film. Sure we have the talents of Katherine Isabelle and Emily Perkins again but it is just not the same and the Ginger character just does not fit with this type of background. The special effects of the werewolves are actually pretty cool and near the end of the film you can really get a good look at them. Lots of red blood and fur flying in this film.
Rating: I personally loved the first film as it was a breath of fresh air for the werewolf films but now that we are trying to twist a backstory of the series this kind of left me bored. We have two very talented actresses but the storyline just was not the same to be part of the series. They would of been better off doing another sequel in the same lines of the first two films.
Ginger Snaps 2 (2004)
Director: Brett Sullivan
Main Stars: Emily Perkins, Katharine Isabelle, Brendan Fletcher, Tatlana Maslany, Janet Kidde, Susan Adam, Pascale Hutton
Storyline: Brigitte tries to deal and slow down her lust for blood with drugs
Review (Spoils): Brigitte (Emily Perkins) tries to take her own life with drugs as she does not want to end up like her sister Ginger (Katharine Isabelle). She is found and sent to rehab to get cleaned up. She comes across someone who can relate with her own issues named Ghost (Tatlana Maslany) and the girls together try to resolve Brigitte’s issue of becoming a werewolf.
Man I loved this first film and I had high hope for this sequel. We have a story that is to continue the tale of the first film, we have Ginger’s sister Brigitte injecting drugs to slow the process of becoming a werewolf, the ghost of Ginger giving her advice, werewolf transitions, some masturbation, cutting of a ear and the final werewolf battle. This film trails far off the tracks of the first teenage sex craving werewolf fun of the first film. This one is darker and deals with abuse, drugs and blackmail.
Rating: I really did miss the fun of the first film had in this one. I personally find Emily Perkins a harder actress to relate to then Katharine Isabelle, she is more depressing and interesting. Sure we can say it is the character but either way it dragged a bit for me. Yes it is not suppose to be sexy and goth loving as the first one but it was hard not to compare the two. The special effects were not bad and the storyline was semi ok but for some reason it could have used more arousal like the first film.
Ginger Snaps (2000)
Director: John Fawcett
Stars: Emily Perkins, Katherine Isabelle
Storyline: Two goth sisters must deal with the fact that one of them is a werewolf
Review: Two sisters that are very goth and interested in death feel that they are the outcasts of society. When the wilder one of the two Ginger (Katherine Isabelle) becomes bitten by a werewolf is now infected the changes they must face together become even more overbearing. Because of the death pact the two sisters made her more death loving sister Brigitte (Emily Perkins) races against time to help find a cure for her sister before she becomes more monsterous from the disease.
This is a fun film it deals a lot with being outcasts and it is ok. As Ginger becomes more of a woman she is dragged into more of beast. I love that the film played off the first menstruation as the reasoning behind the werewolf attack and the reasoning of the mother believes her daughter behaviour is also different. The makeup is great in this film as Ginger slowly starts to grow hair around her wound and she gains a tail. We have dog attacks, blood, throats torn open, more blood and cutting off tails with a knife. This is all about teenage fun with a good shot of werewolf blood.
Rating: Ginger Snaps sits high up on the shelf for me when it comes to werewolf films. It was fresh and it brought back some of the fun I had with An American Werewolf in London way back when. It’s a whole new take with the two sisters and their journey as best friends and into women hood. Great acting, awesome story and lots of blood. One of the best werewolf films out there go and check it out!