Day #147: Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed (2004)

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Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed (2004) IMDB

Synopsis:

[From IMDB:] The late Ginger’s sister Brigitte, now a werewolf herself, must try to find a cure for her blood lust before the next full moon while hiding out in a rehab clinic from a relentless werewolf.

My take:

It’s interesting to see how tonally different this sequel is to its predecessor. The dark comedy of Ginger Snaps is still there, but has now taken on a slightly less prominent role. Or, perhaps it’s not that it’s less prominent; maybe it’s just more mature? Because Ginger Snaps 2 feels like it’s a generally more mature movie.

This is most true of Emily Perkins, whose acting has vastly improved in the four years between the two movies. Gone is the bug-eyed mouth breather of Ginger Snaps (although she does have her moments. This time around she seems a lot more in control.

Tatiana Maslany also does an unsurprisingly great job as Ghost, providing a much needed contrast to Perkins’ dark and damaged take on Brigitte. I doubt anyone who’s seen Maslany in Orphan Black will be surprised by this, though. She’s pretty awesome.

The themes of female empowerment and sexuality are revisited in Ginger Snaps: Unleashed, as is the importance of sisterhood. Unlike Ginger Snaps though, the sequel seems to take a less positive view – or, at the very least, a more darkly skewed – perspective on these topics, which is a bit disappointing. Sure, Ginger (Katharine Isabelle) might have given into her dark side in Ginger Snaps, but let’s not forget that she made some valid points when she wasn’t eating people/dogs.

Still, despite its slightly less feminist bent, Ginger Snaps: Unleashed makes for a fine sequel, and a decent horror movie in general. I can’t say that I was particularly happy with how it ended, but at the same time it did fit the darker and more twisted tone of the movie. So I guess I can’t complain too much.

And, let’s face it: it could’ve been much worse. Like, ‘as bad as the werewolf looked’ bad. So maybe we should just be thankful that it wasn’t, okay?

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