Just added this one to the archive. Ooh, I got to use the word apposite!
It's amazing how much the context of a film changes its impact. I loved Fight Club because I knew almost nothing about it before I walked into the cinema, I felt let down by The Matrix because so many people had told me it was intelligent and deep, I was put off U-571 by knowing that it was factually inaccurate and I can happily say that watching Trainspotting with your parents makes it feel like a whole different film...
I'd seen Gingersnaps a year or so ago, and it came across as a fun, smart horror flick. Nothing hugely special, but definitely better than the huge number of churned out slasher movies. Watching it with a couple of girls, however, definitely moved it up the scale a several notches.
Scenes which were merely background to me assumed new significance when they obviously resonated with the girls. The whole menstruation/puberty/transformation/lycanthropy metaphor seemed much more apposite and the whole mood of the film clicked into focus far better than when I watched it with an all male audience.
So, if you fancy seeing a darkly humorous take on the werewolf genre, where a young woman is cursed to an obsession with blood, strange physical changes, unexpected hair growth and mood swings that go just a little further than most, I recommend you pick this one up. Especially if you have someone female to watch it with.
Score: 6.5, 8 if watching it in female company.
Brigitte: Are you *sure* it's just cramps?
Ginger: Just so you know, the words 'just' and 'cramps', they don't go together.
Ginger: "No-one ever thinks chicks do shit like this. A girl can only be a slut, bitch, tease or the virgin next door. We'll just coast on how the world works."