16 March, 2016

Ginger Snaps (DVD) dir. by John Fawcett

If you haven’t seen Ginger Snaps, and you like any of the following things - 90s cult horror movies, feminism through a lens of blood and pithy one-liners, extended puberty metaphors, The Virgin Suicides meets Edward Scissorhands meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer or alterna-cool teen female leads – immediately order this movie.

Ginger Snaps follows sisters Brigette and Ginger, a two-person trench-coated teen girl gang obsessed with death and each other. Rebelling against their cookie-cutter suburbia life, the girls spend their time taking morbid death tableau photos of each other, and entering into a suicide pact (‘out by sixteen, or dead in the scene, but together forever’).

But the arrival of Ginger’s first period, and a bite by a werewolf in the woods, changes everything. Lycanthropy is an ingenious metaphor for puberty - as hair sprouts in strange places, Ginger becomes filled with blood-lust and transforms from a child into a (terrifying, unstoppable, hairy) woman.

 The movie is packed with sharp and funny one-liners. As the girls rush to clean up Ginger’s latest victim, she remarks “No one ever thinks chicks do shit like this. A girl can only be a slut, bitch, tease, or the virgin next door. We’ll just coast on how the world works.” Another favourite? "I get this ache. I thought it was for sex, but it's to tear everything to f**king pieces."

As a bonus, the film looks beautiful, and the sisters goth-lite 90s style is extremely inspiring. Rent this film now.

Ginger Snaps (2000) dir. by John Fawcett 

For more teen girl horror, try Karyn Kusama's underrated Jennifer's Body (2009).

Recommended by Hannah C., Mt Albert Community Library,

Hannah C. howls at the full moon. 

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