Emily Perkins as Brigitte

Katharine Isabelle as Ginger

Directed by John Fawcett

Written by Karen Walton

Story by JohnFawcett and Karen Walton

I believe I have said before that I’m a sucker for werewolves. Movies, books, you name it. One thing I have always believed is that the werewolf could be seen as metaphor for certain things. Warren Zevon‘s classic hit “Werewolves of London” is about alcoholism and the effect it has on a person. So, it’s clear that lycanthropy can be seen as metaphor for addiction.

Director John Fawcett and writer Karen Walton see lycanthropy as symbolising the female side of puberty. That time of change that a girl first experiences on her journey to womanhood. The bleeding, the cramps, the irritable behavior could be seen as signs of transformation. Any way, the girl is never the same after that. She sees the world in a different light and vice versa. Short of actually transforming, she has become a different beast altogether. I knew a girl like that when I was growing up. Her name was Alice, and I knew her from first grade to twelfth, and when summer vacation was over after ninth grade and we settled into new lives as high school students, she was no longer the same Alice I had known before. Gone were the frilly dresses, replaced by the tightest of blue jeans and t-shirts cut off at the mid-riff revealing a taut belly and quite perky young breasts that, to quote Lt. Frank Drebin, said “Hey, look at these!” Her attitude was different, too. No longer sweet and innocent little Alice, she was boy hungry Alice who pursued them every chance she got. Yes, just like Ginger, she had fallen victim to ‘the curse’.

Okay, so I got off on a little tangent there. But, let me just say that Ginger Snaps, like The Howling and Dog Soldiers, is a pretty damn good little werewolf movie. Emily Perkins and Katharine Isabelle are both excellent as the two sisters. Perkins you may remember from Stephen King’s IT mini-series, and Isabelle you may remember from Freddy vs Jason.

Anyway, you wanna see a good metaphorical werewolf film? You can’t go wrong with Ginger Snaps.


Among the students paged over the school’s PA system by an uncredited Lucy Lawless are Samuel and Theodore Raimi. Ted Raimi is Lawless’ co-star on “Xena: Warrior Princess” (1995); Ted’s brother Sam Raimi is the show’s executive producer.

Although Katharine Isabelle is supposed to be playing Emily Perkins’ older sister, she is actually five years younger than Emily in real life.

Due to the fact that the film features teenagers in violent situations the production had difficulty getting funding because the Columbine massacre and other school shootings had recently occurred.

P.S. If I got anything wrong about the woman stuff, go easy on me. I never claimed to be an expert.