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Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed (2004)

  Tags: blood, Brett Sullivan, comedic, Emily Perkins, Eric Johnson, ginger snaps, gore, Janet Kidder, Katharine Isabelle, Pascale Hutton, Patricia Idlette, Tatiana Maslany, werewolf

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Brett Sullivan
93 minutes
Emily Perkins, Katharine Isabelle, Tatiana Maslany, Janet Kidder, Eric Johnson, Pascale Hutton, Patricia Idlette

I really enjoyed the first movie, so I was excited when I first heard word on a sequel and prequel being made back-to-back. I got a chance to check a screener of this film earlier and found the movie to be a pretty decent sequel, despite the mixed reviews I've read.

The story is basically about Brigette (who we may remember as Ginger's rational-thinking sister who had to kill her werewolf sibling in the end of the first film) and her fight with the transformation by injecting herself with the poison called "monkshood." The movie starts off with her collapsing after a wolf attack and her awakening in what seems to be an institution. It turns out that she was found with a syringe and her monkshood, which the cops naturally thought were narcotics, and she was then sent to a rehabilitation center. Now on top of her having to deal with the transformation, there's a male werewolf out there wanting to mate with her.

Much like I reported back in the GS2 movie page; Ginger does return in the movie, but only through visions Brigette has, where she advices and comments on her sister's actions, so it's pretty much just a cameo role since she doesn't appear very often. The movie obviously isn't as good as the original, but it was a good addition to the overall story, in my opinion. There isn't as much comedy or action as the first had (this plays more out like a dramatic piece, which isn't entirely bad, but might disappoint those seeking a lot of werewolf-action), but I found the story to be rather interesting, especially with the new characters within the institution -- namely the young girl Brigette be-friends.

So exactly how much werewolf-action is there? Not much really. We see a little in the beginning and in the last 20 minutes of the movie. Other than that, the movie is just basically Brigette dealing with the transformation. Actually we really don't get to see a full shot of the werewolf that's after Brigette either, but then again we already saw enough of that in the first movie. Sadly because of the lack of action there isn't much gore-wise except for some flashes of a dead body or something. Despite all this I still found the movie to be entertaining, and I thought the ending was an interesting twist. I have to admit that I didn't really see that one coming. In the end I thought a 7-rating was best fitting. It's a good movie in my opinion, but might not appeal to others.

I'll be anxiously awaiting the prequel entitled Ginger Snaps Back to come out later in the year in Canada, then make its video run here in the US. Expect to once again see Emily Perkins and Katherine Isabelle in the flick, but this time obviously as different characters.

A good sequel, but a lot more was expected from it. There's not much werewolf-action as the first had and it mainly plays as a drama-type, because it basically deals just with Brigette and her attempting to hold back her transformation. Despite all that, I still enjoyed it. Recommended if you want a continuation of the Ginger Snaps story, otherwise prepare yourself to be let down if you're looking for a lot of gore and action.

Posted on July 11, 2009 - 4:20am | FrighT MasteR