Halloween Special / Physical Screening
John Fawcett // 2000 // Canada // Horror/ Dark Comedy / Drama // 108 min // Copperheart Entertainment
Cast: Emily Perkins, Katharine Isabelle, Kris Lemche, Jesse Moss, Mimi Rogers
Language: English // Subtitles: None
“Out by 16 or dead in the scene, but together forever, united against life as we know it” is just one of countless quotable lines from John Fawcett’s cult classic, Ginger Snaps. A glimpse into the morbid minds of Brigitte and Ginger, it sets an appropriately dark tone for what’s to come while introducing key themes of teen alienation and belonging by way of a fiercely protective, warped sisterly bond. The Fitzgerald sisters have each other’s backs through thick and thin, but when local lycanthrope, the beast of Bailey Downs, viciously attacks Ginger on the night of her first period their sibling affection is put to the test.
Ginger Snaps is one of the most original werewolf movies to date and a trendsetter for using genre tropes as a metaphor for capturing the pains of puberty. Karen Walton’s script presents a distinctly female coming of age story that bristles with biting wit and pitch-black humor as one sister’s lashing out against a woman’s lot in life will force another to embark on her own quest for selfhood. As subversively funny as it is old-school scary with terrific practical effects, Ginger Snaps remains a wickedly good time even twenty years after its original release.
Wonderfully portrayed by Emily Perkins and Katharine Isabelle, The Fitzgerald sisters are still two of the most badass, unconventional women in genre cinema and we are thrilled to bring them back to the big screen as part of our Halloween festivities. On October 31, the night of a full moon, come howl with us as we celebrate the gleeful non-conformity of Ginger Snaps.
text: Tom Kiesecoms
This screening is part of our Halloween Special