#31DH: October 21, 2015 – Ginger Snaps

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Synopsis: Two death-obsessed sisters, outcasts in their suburban neighborhood, must deal with the tragic consequences when one of them is bitten by a deadly werewolf.

Impressions:  What a creepy, gem of a movie.  It was hard for me to appreciate the horror aspect of the film, while i am being beaten by the message of the film.  As much as this film is laced heavily with a social commentary, it ended up becoming a film to enjoy once but have no means of revisiting.

Social Message:  Where do i begin?  One theme you see is it is heavily influenced with feminism.  Werewolves have historically played by men.  Going back to the Lon Cheney jr.’s version, he was a small, wimpy man, who became a strong, angry, masculine beast.  Ginger, when she begins her transformation, is empowered by her feminine prowess.  Even when you look at her family dynamics, the male figure, says little to nothing at all.  Females have the power and any male authority figure who tries to intervene get’s killed.

The other element that i picked-up on was ho much a change to adolescence is hell.  When Ginger gets her period (and attacked by a werewolf). she begins to change into what is expected from becoming a woman.  experimentation with drugs, sex, looks, etc.  This disease is something that she has a love/hate relationship.  The dynamics between Brigitte and Ginger are also strained as bridget, who has not have her period (not bitten by a wolf), is at odds with her sister and does not want to change like her sister does

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