Ginger Snaps



Very, very violent horror flick.
  • Review Date: September 13, 2005
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Horror
  • Release Year: 2000
  • Running Time: 108 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Bad role models.


Vicious werewolf attacks on both animals and people, and copious amounts of blood.


One not very explicit sex scene.


A great deal of strong language.

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film is extremely violent. There are vicious werewolf attacks on both animals and people, and copious amounts of blood. There is also one not very explicit sex scene, and a great deal of strong language.

What's the story?

Teenagers love horror movies, and GINGER SNAPS has plenty of scares and blood and monsters. Sisters Ginger (Katherine Isabelle) and Brigitte (Emily Perkins) are obsessed with death -- one of the puns on the movie's title is the series of photographs they take of each other in various forms of lifelessness. But one night Ginger crosses a new line -- she gets her period. At nearly the exact same moment, she is attacked by a werewolf, and begins to become one herself.

Is it any good?


Ginger Snaps attempts to create a metaphor -- menstruation and the changes it brings to personality and sexuality are like the raging blood lust of the werewolf. There's something interesting in that parallel, but ultimately the film doesn't follow through on the idea, but becomes simply a parade of attacks, some brutal, some darkly funny. The two girls give very strong performances, particularly Perkins, and Brigitte's own transformation from mousy sidekick to werewolf hunter is impressive. It's refreshing to see a young girl take on the hero's role in this kind of film.

Teenagers may enjoy though they may not pick up on the "message" it's trying to convey. As a horror film it works fine. As a satiric commentary on adolescence it doesn't succeed quite as well. It's extremely violent, and parents should use discretion in allowing their children to see it. Older teens will think it's fine, but younger kids could be terrified.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Ginger and Brigitte's obsession with death, their very strong bond to each other, and how Ginger's maturation changes that. You might want to ask your teens what they think the appeal of movies like this is in the first place.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:September 13, 2000
DVD release date:September 13, 2001
Cast:Emily Perkins, Katharine Isabelle, Mimi Rogers
Director:John Fawcett
Studio:Copperheart Entertainment
Run time:108 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:extremely graphic violence, strong language, sexual situations

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Teen, 14 years old Written bydb1250 January 25, 2011

for all ages

not really violent though very good storyline and acting loved it
Teen, 14 years old Written bymovielover822 November 26, 2011

Every teen should see!!!!

This movie is one of my favorites. Although it has the F bomb about ever other second it has a very good message. The movies message is that growing up turns you into a monster and that every one has to go through it. I suggest every one should see this as a teen especialy teen girls.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing
Adult Written bywonder dove April 18, 2009

NOT FOR KIDS! An iffy 16+ crowd is recommended.

I LOVE this movie! One of my all time favorites. I caught it on TV one night years ago, not knowing a thing about it, I watched the entire thing and absolutely loved it, then bought it. It's super dark and eerie and it does have its scary moments throughout. Played exquisitely by both Katherine and Emily, the effects are great and the story is awesome for a horror. Basically about two close sisters who are best friends and inseparable who also share a major interest in death and dying. One night while planning to prank a popular high school student & bully named Trina, Ginger (Katherine Isabell) gets her first period (both girls are late menstruating) and gets viciously attacked by a werewolf in the woods but manages to escape with her sister Brigitte (Emily Perkins). As if things weren't complicated enough, Ginger must cope with her body changing drastically while Brigitte and her drug dealing friend Sam (Kris Lemche) figure out how to cure her by creating a concoction of herbs that just might work. But on Halloween, a full moon hits and Ginger's getting worse. Can they save her before it's too late? Yes, there is drugs involved even though CommonSense says it's non-applicable. There is a drug dealer (marijuana plants are shown in a green house) and also a scene of a group of kids smoking it. Lots of cigarette smoking by teens throughout the film. A scene of drinking. The violence is extreme which contains loud arguments, a vicious werewolf attack with screaming, blood & gore. A girl has blood on her face various times, a girl has her period which blood is shown on the floor, many dogs are shown dead with lots of gore, a girl violently attacks another girl when she bashes her head on a kitchen counter and dies instantly, two girls bury a dead body, a boy claims he killed his dog, a graphic werewolf transformation takes place, a girl bites a guys arm and he appears injured, a janitor is brutally beaten and then killed, a principle is shown dead with graphic gory results, a girl shaves her legs in frustration with blood shown, a werewolf rips through a house and tears things apart, some bullying throughout, a girl is often called a freak, a girl "rapes" a boy but it's not shown except her aggressiveness towards him. Sexual content has an off-screen sex scene in a car with making out, a girl seduces a guy and kisses him but he pushes her away, a girlfriend & boyfriend kiss, a girl talks about getting laid, a girl is eyed by many guys. Language is super strong with cursing almost every other word - contains major f-words in all forms, sh*t, b*tch, d*ck, f*g, m0r0n, some sexual terms like sl*t, virgin next door and more. Overall, this movie rocks for any hardcore horror fan 16 and up! See it!!!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking


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