This is the story of two teenage sisters named Ginger and Brigitte Fitzgerald, played by Katherine Isabelle and Emily Perkins. They are your average rebellious suburban teens. They are obsessed with death and stage phony crime scene photos for a class project. They are counter-culture outsiders that have made a suicide pact with one another, Out by 16 or death by then (or something like that). Screen veteran Mimi Rogers nails the part of Pamela, the girls’ neurotic and clueless mother. There is a father somewhere in the mix but is really a non-factor.
Brigitte searches for a cure and becomes friends with the local high school drug dealer. They find that a certain plant called “Monk’s Hood” could possibly cure what plagues Ginger and the others. Because the filmmakers were working on such a small budget, they did not use any CG effects when Ginger finally transforms into a werewolf and it totally works. Just like in “An American Werewolf in London” all of the werewolf effects were created through practical effects and sheer inventiveness. I was truly surprised at how good this movie was, the two main characters were dead on perfect, there was a lot or real suspense and it was just a fun time watching it. I thought the first sequel was pretty decent with the latest one being pretty unwatchable. Ginger Snaps has a special place in my vast DVD collection.