Friday, August 8, 2014

Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning (2004)

Director: Grant Harvey

Writers: Christina Ray, Stephen Massicotte

Composer: Alex Khaskin

Starring: Katharine Isabelle, Emily Perkins, Nathaniel Arcand, JR Bourne, Hugh Dillon, Adrien Dorval, Brendan Fletcher, David La Haye, Tom McCamus, Matthew Walker, Fabian Bird, Kirk Jarrett, David MacInnis, Stevie Mitchell, Edna Rain, Jake McKinnon

More info: IMDb

Plot: Set in 19th Century Canada, Brigette and her sister Ginger take refuge in a Traders' Fort which later becomes under siege by some savage werewolves.

My rating:6.5/10

Will I watch it again? Sure.

GINGER SNAPS (2000) surprised me with its originality, GINGER SNAPS 2: UNLEASHED (2004) had my attention with its dedication to continue the story without necessarily repeating itself and this third and final film goes even further by giving us a continuation but taking us back a couple hundred years and setting it in and around a frontier fort, giving us the beginning of their werewolf story that will obviously continue for the next two centuries.  Brilliant.  I love it when a series dips its toe into an Old West setting.  This isn't quite that but it is early 19th Century and in a similar wilderness setting.  I can dig it.   For me it's the setting that makes the film and having nearly the entire picture placed within the walls of the fort works amazingly well.  It does drag a little but it's still a satisfying flick thanks to the two leads and a supporting cast of interesting (with some stereotypes) characters.  There's a good deal of gore and some neat creature effects work.  It's refreshing to see a series take a turn like this.  It's probably best to start with the first film since that one does a great job of introducing the girls in a way you will really dig them but I can't see why it would be a bad thing to start with this third film if you haven't seen any of the series.  The DVD is loaded with fun extras and the Blu-ray set of all three films was just released at a very reasonable price. 

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