Ginger Snaps

on October 26, 2001 by Barbara Goslawski
   With uncanny acuity, screenwriter Karen Walton and director John Fawcett manage to poke fun at everything from small-town mores, teen angst and the onset of PMS, all in the thin guise of a horror flick. The Fitzgerald sisters, Beatrice and Ginger, proud misfits in their high school, are inordinately preoccupied with death and non-conformity. It quickly becomes evident that they will go to any lengths in their quest for individuality, including willing their own bodies to refuse to menstruate. Interestingly, the filmmakers manage to make everyone else seem odd compared to this pair. Meanwhile, someone or something is viciously slaughtering the town's dogs. Before they know it, the sisters find themselves in the middle of the crisis.

   On its surface, "Ginger Snaps" is a werewolf movie, but what's refreshing is the clever satire at its core. Fawcett skillfully keeps the tone bordering on farce, all the while scaring his audience silly.    Starring Emily Perkins and Katharine Isabelle. Directed by John Fawcett. Written by Karen Walton. Produced by Steve Hoban and Karen Lee Hall. A Lions Gate release. Comedy/Horror. Not yet rated. Running time: 107 min.

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