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Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed
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by Chris Parry

"Yeah, it's Canadian. Yeah, it's a sequel. Yeah, it's still a decent time."
3 stars

If you lived in the UK, or you're a total horror junkie, you undoubtedly exalted in last year's Canadian werewolf surprise, Ginger Snaps. The story of two sisters, one that happens to be a werewolf and the other that becomes a werewolf to try to snap her sibling out of it, wowed them on the big screen in Britain and has done more than healthy business on the video market elsewhere. So of course it was inevitable that a sequel would appear on the horizon. What might surprise you is that there's actually a sequel AND a prequel out there, and the sequel (at least) is pretty bloody good. For a low budget Canadian horror movie, that is.

Brigitte (Emily Perkins) is dog-tired (sorry, I couldn't help it). She's turning into a werewolf, slowly but surely, and though she's injecting herself with wolfsbane, to some success, in an effort to try and slow the progress of her transformation, her body is starting to grow immune to the poison. That means she's starting to sprout hair in odd places, getting ears that are a little too pointy, and generally being attracted to the smell of poop. I've had Friday nights that ran fairly similar myself.

And what's worse is that she's being stalked by another werewolf; one that has already finished his transformation.

When a suitor is grabbed from the car by the snapping jaws of wolfenstein, Brigitte runs through the snow, trying to find sanctity, but it's all too much excitement, especially after she's just downed another dose of the purple poison. She loses consciousness and drops face first in the snow...

Only to wake up in an asylum for girls with 'chemical dependencies'.

Stuck in this hell hole with no means of escape, and with a sasdistic orderly refusing to hand over her wolfsbane without getting a little puppy love in return, Brigitte begins to become the creature she doesn't want to be - faster and faster.

Ginger Snaps Unleashed is far from a perfect film, which is a shame because a really fine Canadian horror film could well have turned the film funding bodies up north on to the possibility of making films that people will actually see, had this one been a bonafide classic. Canadian film tends to be an endless sea of projects involving Atom Egoyan putting his hand out for government assistance, and first time filmmakers telling prairie stories with Maury Chaykin. What it generally doesn't have are the kind of films that people around the world will pay to see in large numbers. An attempt earlier this year at an action thriller - Foolproof - turned out to be a complete misnomer, despite the appearance of local lad Ryan Reynolds, and though Ginger Snaps more than turned a profit, it took a freak cult status in the UK to really bring in the bucks. Without that great reception in Old Blighty, would anyone have been talking sequel? Possibly not.

Which is not to say the UK success of the original is undeserved. In fact, it's more than deserved. The first film is a great little character piece - very scary, very well made. The sequel isn't far off, because the tension is built more through what isn't seen than what is. Director Brett Sullivan (who edited the first film) and scribe Megan Martin (a big screen rookie) have tried to make a lot out of the meager ration of funding they received to put this film together, and though some of the effects are shaky, and some of the acting is likewise, it'd be a cynic that couldn't at least have fun with it all.

With Brigitte's sister dead and (more or less) out of the picture, the 'buddy' in the piece is now a fellow inmate by the name of Ghost (Tatiana Maslany) - a grating little biznatch who won't shut up and is just the wrong side of nutso. The chemistry between Maslany and Perkins is far from perfect, but perhaps that's because the two characters seem to have been created to inhabit two different movies. Perkins is intense and sullen, driven by fear and anger and canine instinct, whereas Maslany is a cartoon character obsessed by comics; someone who might be more in place in The Goonies, rather than a horror flick.

In the end, Ginger Snaps Unleashed could be picked apart by the fussy viewer, but that would be disingenuous considering what is achieved with so little cash. To save moolah, both the sequel and prequel were shot back to back, and you can certainly see the cash savings on the screen. But Perkins never backs down from her desire to give Brigitte everything she's got, and that alone makes this more than worth a matinee ticket - or more likely, a rental.

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User Comments

7/21/09 Jarrod Is good till the end ginger should have been in it more. 2 stars
11/11/07 little cody a strong sequel to the original flim, a kickbutt werewolf flick. 4 stars
8/13/06 Dude-a-Tollah Better than the first... grabs your b%##$ and doesn't let go 5 stars
8/09/06 Dragon The Artist How many f#*%ing times must I tell you, CAMPY CRAP;not even medieocre!!!! 1 stars
6/20/06 cody a strong follow up to lst one , it like a girl interuppted meets the howling, good movie 4 stars
3/24/06 Dethbyhashi Even Better than the Original!!!! 5 stars
9/19/05 veronica my favorite movie is ginger snaps my 2'nd is gs 2 5 stars
8/20/05 ES Chris is so right, Canadian cinema is a joke & this movie was not nearly as good as #1 2 stars
7/03/05 Brigget All 3 of them ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
5/17/05 E-FUNK Nowhere near the triumph of the first film... but not the usual shit-sequel fare. 4 stars
12/06/04 K. Sear Unneccesary attempt to cash in on the prior films cult status. 1 stars
10/11/04 Melissa MacIntosh Ginger snaps 2 and 3 both suck. 1 stars
9/27/04 Liam MacGannon It was a great flick, I liked Bridgette 5 stars
7/30/04 Josh Standlee Very sweet with some really cute babes! By "sweet" I mean scary! 5 stars
7/15/04 Sean More of a drama then a horror flick 5 stars
7/10/04 MorallySound A great creepy film. Far better then the original. 5 stars
6/17/04 Bruce Campbell Kicked Major Ass - BALLSY 5 stars
6/10/04 Elizabeth It was good, and i think if you watch both ginger snaps, and ginder snaps 2 back to back in 4 stars
5/02/04 jessie loved it 5 stars
5/01/04 ken good 4 stars
4/25/04 Lisa Stratton This is what I choose for comment I'll say it is about the beauty of actor Emily Perkins 4 stars
4/17/04 Michael Greenwaldt I didn't want it to end. Bring on another sequel! Better than the first! 5 stars
4/14/04 Joseph Barale Awesome sequel with bite. Even better than the first 5 stars
4/04/04 Bridgette CaJones overestimated by zitty fanboys (ahem, Darkofnight), but still pretty decent. 4 stars
3/14/04 Jes I loved every second of it, my second favorite movie.. Ginger Snaps my first! 5 stars
3/12/04 jake DeLi never seen the second but the first was kick ass...i'm looking to see the 2nd and prequel 5 stars
3/02/04 Katie Saw this the first night it came out... AMAZING 5 stars
3/01/04 ashley bevis crap 1 stars
3/01/04 jdogg bad,bad,BAD movie! Pull out your eyes now so you don't accidentally watch this someday!! 1 stars
2/27/04 fairy psycho kick as bitch movie ;) 5 stars
2/21/04 ScaryDude Wicked, Tense and Gory 5 stars
2/17/04 Chris Elliott Wicked! Wanting the DVD and looking forward to Ginger Snaps Back. 5 stars
2/14/04 mememe bestest movie :) 5 stars
2/13/04 mike when is it coming to eastern canada 5 stars
2/13/04 Kai A horrible let down. The first was brilliant, this is just a sad attempt to follow it up. 1 stars
2/12/04 Mike Not as good as the first, I found it more suprising and disturbing then the first. 4 stars
2/11/04 rachel haven't seen it but it looks good 5 stars
2/09/04 Kyle BIZARRO! 3 stars
2/08/04 Mark Almost as good as the first. 5 stars
2/05/04 Ghost Is it gonna come out in the boston area anytime? 5 stars
2/05/04 Jenn not as good as the first 4 stars
2/03/04 Terry C "Sucked ass"?? How classy! Such eloquence makes one really proud to be an American! 3 stars
2/02/04 Alex Gaines It sucked ass 1 stars
2/02/04 Mark Great sequel in which the flaws do not distract from the movie at all. 5 stars
2/01/04 darkofnight Flawed, yes, but so wonderfully executed, that you just don't care. 5 stars
1/31/04 Vicious Horror with sublty and amosphere, excellent, only from Canada 5 stars
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