Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed (2004)

Director: Brett Sullivan

Starring: Emily Perkins, Brendan Fletcher, Katherine Isabelle, Tatiana Maslany, Susan Adam, Janet Kidder, Chris Fassbender, Pascale Hutton, Michelle Beaudoin, Eric Johnson

More info: IMDb

Tagline: It only dies if you do.

Plot: The late Ginger's sister Brigitte, now a werewolf herself, must try to find a cure for her blood lust before the next full moon while hiding out in a rehab clinic from a relentless werewolf.

My rating: 6.5/10

Will I watch it again? Sure.

The first GINGER SNAPS (2000) flick caught me by surprise by how good it was and its fresh take on the werewolf tale. I wasn't crazy about the lead, Ginger, but I really dug her younger sister, Brigitte, who gets the lead in this first sequel. She carries it well and the story this time isn't the typical re-hash of the first one but it continues it in a logical manner. Like the first film, it's much better than it sounds or would otherwise deserve to be. So far this series has been handled with care with good performances, direction and intriguing stories. Oh, and the twist at the end of this one is kind of cool. Too bad the series (in the timeline) ends here but fortunately, they made one more with the same girls, an origin story that takes place in 19th Century Canada. That sounds like it could be a lot of fun.

1 comment:

  1. Nice review. Quite thorough. Personally, I'm not a huge fan of the Ginger Snaps series. All three are so different it is hard to even call them a trilogy. Generally speaking, whenever you diverge from the original motif of a movie (adolescent changes and growth) in the sequels, all you are left with is random violence and gore. And that's what this series ends up with.

    I got the chance to review of couple others in this series on my blog. They are short reviews but cover most the series. Check it out if you get the chance.