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Ginger Snaps

Movie review by
Sarah Wenk, Common Sense Media
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Very, very violent horror flick.
  • R
  • 2000
  • 108 minutes

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 8 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

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.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
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... Continue reading
Adult Written byhelsingmusique October 30, 2014
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 yo... Continue reading

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?

Teenagers who are into horror may enjoy this, though they may not pick up on the "message" it's trying to convey. 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.

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.

Talk to your kids 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.

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