So just to recap the events of the original Ginger Snaps, Ginger and Brigette are sisters ... Ginger is bitten by a werewolf ... Ginger begins to turn into a werewolf ... Brigette infects herself with Ginger's blood ... Brigette kills Ginger.
We rejoin Brigette after an undisclosed period of time. She's living in a cheap motel room in a city somewhere, shooting up on wolfsbane and keeping a chart of how long it takes for self-inflicted wounds to heal -- hoping against hope that she might never become a werewolf. Occassionally she is visited by the ghost of her dead sister, who haunts and taunts her throughout the movie (you can't have a Ginger Snaps movie without a Ginger, right?). One night she manages to overdose on wolfsbane, and she gets picked up and taken to an outreach centre where she is kept caged like an animal and deprived of the drug ... but what they don't know is that she's being hunted by another deadly werewolf, who has a strong desire to mate with her.
Ginger Snaps : Unleashed is even darker than the original, both in the metaphorical and in the literal sense of the word. It's also a lot weirder ... so if, like me, you're a big fan of weird, odds are you'll probably lap this up like a bloodthirsty wolf. There are plenty of great twists and turns in the plot, and the casting is really amazing. Eric Johnson and the young Tatiana Maslany both deliver superb performances in the two main supporting roles. In most respects, many agree that this sequel is in fact better than the first movie ... but they're both so great, I don't even feel the need to compare them.
I was a bit concerned about the fact that this wasn't written by the same team as the first movie (in fact screenwriter Megan Martin seems to have no other credits to her name), but it is actually an interesting twist on the original, written by someone who clearly understood what Ginger Snaps was all about. There are two main formulaic werewolf plots ... the first involves our hero changing into a werewolf, which will eventually lead either to finding a cure or to their death (as in the first movie), and the second is about a group of characters being stalked by a werewolf, and for an added twist perhaps the werewolf is one of them. This film incorporates both of these formulas into an excellent, engaging horror story.
Ginger Snaps is probably the first great werewolf movie to have a worthy sequel, and if that wasn't enough they had to go and do it again a third time. If you haven't seen this whole trilogy yet, you definitely should.
The Fitzgerald sisters are back, though the main focus is on Brigette this time around. A much more darker film than the first, this is one of the few instances in which a sequel is better than the original. The sequel is like an enjoyable incarnation of hell(that does sound a bit weird-no matter).
The acting is great as always, Emily Perkins delivering a terrific performance. Katherine Isabelle returns as Ginger's ghost(sort of), following Brigette around and whispering terrible things to her. A creepy scene in which Ginger appears in her wolf-form during a dream is creppy (Wake up B, it's time . . .) made me have some bad dreams when I went to sleep that night.
This is more like "Brigette Snaps" This time, the story is about Brigette becoming a werewolf. She is sent to a drug re-hab of some sort. That may not be so bad, until you learn that a horny werewolf is lurking in the shadows, planning to have werewolf sex with her(It was hinted at several times if you listen closely). The film is "Girl, Interrupted" meets "Ginger Snaps".
As a closing note, I like to add that that Ghost character is really ONE "WICKED" LITTLE GIRL. I did not see the ending to this film coming. When I saw it, I nearly passed out in shock. Ginger was killed in the first movie. Brigette has what they call a fate worse than death. All I can say is that is you visit Ghost for some reason, do not upset her. Brigette doesn't like it when you make her master upset. Heh, Heh, Heh . . .
Not bad. Definitely not as good as the original film but is an ok sequel.
The insane asylum scenes are very interesting and Bridgette's transformation visions were awesome.
Good film overall just not as epic as the first.
When Ghost asks Brigette if she used a silver bullet to kill her sister, Brigette responds, "A knife ... they're not superheroes, Ghost."
I couldn't have put it better myself.
In many werewolf movies there are a lot of 'plus' sides to becoming a werewolf, and in fact a lot of the time it's not really a "curse" as such ... but in the Ginger Snaps universe, there's absolutely nothing positive about changing into a wolf. It's a nasty, icky, bloody thing to have to go through (see second photo down), and once you do there's no turning back. When we join Brigette, this is exactly what she's going through, but trying to avoid it by shooting up with wolfsbane (see third photo down). Everything about the werewolves here can be explained in terms of science and chemistry, and there's not really a mystical or supernatural element to it at all. This is one of the things that makes these movies so original.
They've retained the same great werewolf design in this sequel, and as in the first movie you don't really get to see much of the werewolf (you get to see more of them in the third movie). They could have shown more -- these are the finest quadruped werewolves after created -- but the quick, brief flashes of the werewolf are used to great effect. Even in the final, dramatic scenes the creature's screen time is kept down to a bare minimum.