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Ginger Snaps Back - The Beginning
Ginger Snaps Back - The Beginning
Actors: Katharine Isabelle, Emily Perkins, Nathaniel Arcand, JR Bourne, Hugh Dillon
Director: Grant Harvey
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
R     2004     1hr 34min

In 19th century Canada sisters Brigette and Ginger take refuge in a fort after their village is attacked by werewolves. Genre: Horror Rating: UN Release Date: 1-MAY-2007 Media Type: DVD


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Actors: Katharine Isabelle, Emily Perkins, Nathaniel Arcand, JR Bourne, Hugh Dillon
Director: Grant Harvey
Creators: Grant Harvey, Donna Sloan, Jason Constantine, Jason Lee, John Fawcett, Christina Ray, Stephen Massicotte
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Sub-Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Studio: Lions Gate
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 09/07/2004
Original Release Date: 09/14/2004
Theatrical Release Date: 09/14/2004
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 34min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 5
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English

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Member Movie Reviews

Keith A. (Keefer522)
Reviewed on 8/12/2013...
I haven't seen the previous two films in this sisterly-lycanthrope saga, but thankfully familiarity with them isn't really necessary since this is a "prequel" set in the frontier days of the late 19th/early 20th century.
Two sisters lost in the wintry wilderness seek shelter at a secluded trading outpost, only to learn that the fort has a slight problem with werewolf attacks. There's some pretty cool gore (practical effects, no CGI) and nice attention to period detail, but I thought this one was a little slow. I did enjoy it enough that I'm curious to check out the preceding two films in the series, though.
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Movie Reviews

Excellent End to the Trilogy!
CreepyT | Colorado, United States | 09/24/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Once again we are treated to the lycanthropic likes of Ginger (Katharine Isabelle) and her sister Brigitte (Emily Perkins), and are not disappointed. This time, Ginger and Brigitte are travelling alone in the snow in the 1800's after their boat was sunk and their parents drowned. An older Indian woman, a seer, warns them to "kill the boy or one sister kills the other." Without thinking too much about the warning, they move along on their path through the woods. As chance, and a bear trap, would have it, the two end up in the hands of a hunter (Nathaniel Arcand) who leads them to an outpost where things are clearly not going as well as they could.

The girls are informed that a hunting party set off to collect supplies and rations, but has yet to return. Furthermore, strange animals have been attacking the outpost. Animals that bear some resemblance (via tattoos and other discernable markings) to the members of the hunting party that had left months ago. In addition, the leader of this outpost has his own secret that will place Ginger and Brigitte in a less-than-desirable position that will test the bounds of their sisterly love for one another.

Yes, the same actresses return for this film, and yes, they bear the same names as the sisters in the previous films. Is there some kind of time warp or reincarnation tale at work here? No. I suppose the viewer is supposed to take the coincidences as merely that. Coincidences. As odd as this sounds, it really does work quite well, and makes this movie a stand-alone addition to the trilogy.

The sets are highly atmospheric, haunting, and sinister. The costumes are just as well done, and only add to the creepy, gothic feel of the film, as does the score. I really loved the combination of these elements. If you've seen the previous two films, then I need not even discuss the talent these two actresses possess. The whole feel of this film is very different than that of the previous two films. Different, but still equally as dark and brooding. If you have already seen Ginger Snaps: Unleashed, and were somewhat disappointed with it in comparison to the first film, fear not. Ginger Snaps Back redeems the vitality and originality of the first film. If you have yet to see any of the Ginger Snaps films, then you are missing out on some excellent werewolf movies. In a genre strewn with cheesy cliches and over-done make-up, Ginger Snaps is a breath of fresh air.

Overall, this is a great film that really shouldn't be missed. One needn't view the previous two tales in order to understand and appreciate this film, though it of course doesn't hurt! This is an outstanding end to the memorable trilogy, and belongs in every horror collection."
A wolf in sheep's clothing
Matthew King | Toronto, Canada | 08/29/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Until the year 2000, discussions about Canadian horror usually revolved exclusively around the dozen or so films of David Cronenberg and little else. Then came the release of the original Ginger Snaps which was a shot in the arm for the Canadian horror industry, a unique tale of werewolves in a bland suburban setting. A sequel followed 3 years later and while it did not have the raw emotional power of the original it still proved to be a worthy successor. The third and final chapter of this trilogy, "Ginger Snaps: The beginning" is a prequel set in the 19th century that attempts to explain the nature behind "the curse", as main characters Brigitte and Ginger like to refer to it.

During the winter of 1815, two young sisters named Brigitte and Ginger get lost while crossing a forest in the Canadian wilderness. When Brigitte's ankle gets stuck in a bear trap thus seriously injuring her the two seek refuge in a Fur Trading Fort occupied by several men. The hospitable fur traders are more than glad to help but warn Brigitte and Ginger not to wander outside of the grounds because of the "beasts out there in the woods". Still, Ginger gets bit and is slowly changing into a werewolf (similarly to the original). Brigitte and Ginger thus plunge back into the forest in an attempt to locate a mystical medicine woman who lives in a cave and may know a cure to the disease...

The first question that comes to mind is what in the world are Brigitte and Ginger doing in 1815? Well, it's not about time travel or anything like that the producers simply wanted to make a prequel and decided to keep the two main actresses as lead roles and give them the same names. With this third entry, the series has definitely taken a radically wild turn of direction. This movie is really nothing like the first two entries and I suspect that's why many fans are likely going to be disappointed by it despite the fact that it is an excellent film by its own merits. The last time I can remember a series taking such a dramatic shift in style while keeping the same central characters was "Army of Darkness" and like that film, this risky move succeeds brilliantly.

Period pieces made on a low budget are always difficult but this film has amazing costumes, the characters speak with the right accents, you just really get that feeling of being in that time. The native Indian characters, the scenes of striking Canadian wilderness replete with bitter cold and snow and the fact that the action takes place at a fur trading fort give the film a supremely Canadian feel. I also thought that bringing back Katharine Isabelle to reprise the role of Ginger was a major plus. The bond between the two is as tight as ever and the two are able to convey the same intense heartfelt emotions they did in the original film. The annoying character of "Ghost" in the second movie was a very poor substitute for Ginger so it's great to see her back.

Overall a great film however it is better to consider it as a stand-alone film than a sequel because of how radically different it is. People hoping for more of the "alienated teenage goth girls in suburbia" feeling of the first two films will want to look elsewhere. However those who get a kick out of gory werewolf action and period horror pieces such as "Ravenous" will love it.
Better than the second entry... not kidding
eric warren | rochester,ny usa | 10/15/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The Ginger Snaps films are some of the most imaginative, well done werewolf movies since Howling and AWiL. While the first is a true horror classic, the second movie was very dark, yet uninteresting. The story started out good, but deviated too much from the werewolf theme and delved too much into drug addiction... Which brings me to the third and unfortunately FINAL entry. This film was much better looking than the second and very close to the first. The cinamatography was excellent and captured the feeling of cold, isolated 1700's Canada well. The techniques such as the fast motion photography used to set up atmosphere prior to the wolf attacks was nicely done. While I cannot say that the movie had a better look than the origional because they are both completely different settings, time periods and stories, the production value was of the highest quality. The creature effects rival any werewolf film ever made. The story, contrary to what the other reviews say, was well concieved. Yes, it did draw upon the first movie quite alot. There was a purpose in this as this story is forshadowing of the next two entries. My wife found this confusing and rightfully so, it can be if you are not in the right mindframe. I will give you some hints as to how and why this "rehash story" works. First, ask yourself why does Ginger have to get bit. The effects of the change are identical to the origional movie, continuity is good. Second, what does the "curse" have to do with the setting. The name of the fort is Fort Baily (Baily Downs). In order to end the curse or prevent it in the first place, Ginger needed to kill the boy BEFORE she was bit. It made no difference if she did so after. The curse is in the blood already. Now, one sister must kill the other. Bridget must kill Ginger. She does not... At the end both girls are sitting together. Both have cut hands, a reference to the first film. Ginger has given the curse to her sister. Direct foreshadowing of a neverending curse. Therefore, the curse continues in Baily Downs until one sister kills the other. (Without becoming a werewolf herself) This will manifest itself in the next two films. Ginger again will pass on the curse to her sister before she dies... You need to look at these films with an open mind. You need to understand some of the folklore behind lycans. Almost all of what popular culture attributes to lycans was created for the 1942 movie The Wolf Man. None of it is based in folklore. If you want a repeat of every other werewolf movie with lots of meaningless gore and killings and a basic storyling, watch an 80's flick. If you are interested in folklore, storyline and atmosphere, check these films put."