It's time to delete another pending movie from my Netflix queue, thanks to the great people at Shout Factory. They've released the Canadian female werewolf film "Ginger Snaps" on Blu-ray, and its premiere high-definition presentation does not disappoint. This is part of Scream Factory's 2014 "Summer of Fear" campaign and even though "Ginger Snaps" isn't all that retro (the film was released in the year 2000), it has the look and feel of '80s shockers.
"Ginger Snaps" spoofs "Heathers" and "An American Werewolf in London" (amongst other films) and involves the tale of two socially outcast sisters on the verge of womanhood. Ginger (Katharine Isabelle) happens to get bitten by a lycanthrope one dark night and finds herself not only menstruating for the first time, but also taking on the features of a werewolf.
The metaphors abound in "Ginger Snaps," making it one of the most unique and feminist horror films of our time.
Shout Factory delivers the goods as usual in the Blu-ray special features department and at a bargain price of around $30; it makes the purchase of it a no-brainer. A handful of them, "The Making of Ginger Snaps," "Creation of the Beast," and "Being John Fawcett" get carried over from a previously released DVD edition. Separate audio commentaries with director Fawcett and writer Karen Walton were on the DVD release, too. But brand new interviews with Fawcett and Walton, the actors, make-up effects team, and composers make up for those holdovers.
Also on board is an entertaining "New Women in Horror Panel" which discusses the influence of "Ginger Snaps" on modern horror.