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John’s Horror Corner: Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning (2004), teaching us that trilogies aren’t always a good idea

August 9, 2013

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MY CALL:  Apathy best frames my feelings about this movie in one word.  I just didn’t care what happened.  And I’d like to point out that I was totally “all in” for the first two and had every curiosity and worry as to what would happen in this pseudo-prequel.  I won’t warn people away from this, but I’m not recommending it either.  IF YOU LIKE THIS WATCH:  Ginger Snaps (2000) and Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed (2004) were both MUCH better.

This third and final installment of the Ginger Snaps franchise provides more of a period piece reimagining of the original story instead of a prequel.  Set in 19th century Canada, sisters Ginger (Katharine Isabelle; American Mary, Ginger Snaps, 30 Days of Night: Dark Days) and Brigitte (Emily Perkins; Ginger Snaps, Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed) take refuge in a traders’ fort.

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It seems that every movie in this series takes a different approach and style.  In the first we find two gothy sisters in a coming-of-age story using lycanthropy as a metaphor for the pains of puberty, sexual development (i.e., transformation) and the bond between two sisters.  Part two examined only Brigitte through a lens of drug addiction, being the counterbalance to her “disease.”  Now, in this prequel/reimagining we find the sisters together again, this time in a fort besieged by werewolves as Ginger slowly turns after being bitten.

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Ginger is bitten by this…

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Turns into this…

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Makes her sister run like this…

After the bite Ginger’s change is slow, consistent with the first two films.  Capturing the doomed fate of Ginger Snaps, an old woman prophesies that “one sister must kill the other.”  Boorrrrring.

While I loved the first two, I was largely unimpressed with this film.  I didn’t think it was “bad.”  But I definitely didn’t find it good, stimulating, engaging, interesting or entertaining.  For me, it was just kind of “there.”  However, many fans of the franchise support this installment as enjoyable.  So I’ll simply consider my view to be a strong difference in opinion and I won’t provide any reason for you “not” to see this–I’ll just leave you with the complete absence of good qualities on my part.

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The effects were decent.  I’ve certainly seen cooler looking werewolves, but for a total absence of CGI I think they did well…sort of.  There was also a lot of screen time for the monsters as well as a lot of blood.  Since neither aspect impressed me, I didn’t really care for this effort.  Being less interested in this movie I also wasn’t very invested during the attack scenes.  So, again, watch it and form your own opinion.  Mine is burdened by apathy.

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As a matter of fact, apathy best frames my feelings about this movie in one word.  I just didn’t care what happened.  And I’d like to point out that I was totally “all in” for the first two and had every curiosity and worry as to what would happen next.

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