Thursday, December 23, 2010

Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed (2004)

Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed (Canada, 2004) - Color, Director(s): Brett Sullivan
MPAA Rating: R
[UK: 18]
Approx. 94 min.

Z-rating: 7 out of 10 stars

I'm sorry everyone for slacking off on writing reviews, I've had some family business to tend to but I'm back now that I've got a bit of down time. I picked this movie to review earlier on when I was looking for some foreign Christmas films to celebrate those who are spending Christmas Away from Home. I didn't remember there being anything related to Christmas in this film, so I popped it in for another viewing and there was hardly anything Christmas themed in this movie except for the snow and some Christmas decoration towards the end!!! I almost didn't want to review this movie because it wasn't really a Christmas movie but I figure that since we're doing a Very Scary Christmas instead now, I might as well review this movie since I watched it again.

Emily Perkins reprises her role as Brigitte Fitzgerald in this sequel to the Canadian werewolf/teen scream, Ginger Snaps. Four years after the events of the first movie, Bridgett is desperately trying to find a cure for the "disease" that claimed the life of her dear older sister and threatens to take over her life as well. She is also being stalked by another werewolf, who apparently wants to do the horizontal monster mash with her, forcing her to stay on the run constantly. After passing out in the snow, she awakens to find herself in a rehabilitation clinic/chronic care facility where she's currently being held under the suspicion that she's been abusing drugs. (Cause it's an all too common mistake to confuse little vials of purple liquid for smack) In actuality, she's really been shooting up with monkshood, also known as wolfsbane, which is said to be poisonous to werewolves. Trying to sneak around and hide the signs that she's slowly transforming into a mangy mutt by doing things like cutting off her pointed ears, she eventually draws the attention of an impressionable little girl nicknamed Ghost. Overhearing that the drug Brigitte has been shooting into her veins is called wolfsbane, Ghost retreats to her grandmother's room to retrieve her hidden comic book collection in order to do a little "research". After making the connection to Brigitte's condition, Ghost is on her like stink on shit and asking all the typical questions that curious young minds like to inquire. She is also paid a visit by a very friendly orderly, named Tyler, who offers to give her a quick fix and tells her to drop trou. Initially she tells him to fuck off but eventually comes around (they always do!) as they begin building a very beautiful working relationship where as long as he keeps the purple stuff flowing, she doesn't devour his liver by chewing a hole through his sternum. (Sounds like a fair trade to me, no?) All seems well in rehab-land but before you can say "sit, Rover", Ghost finds the head and mutilated remains of her beloved dog, Rocky, outside. (Play dead, Rocky. Good boy!) Seemingly devoured by a large beast of some sort, Brigitte realizes that the werewolf has found her and tries to escape the facility. With the help of Ghost, these two make their way to Ghost's old house with the Hellhound hot on their tails. (Man, talk about a dog with a bone... whooo, I am killing em tonight!) Unrelenting in his pursuit of her, Brigitte decides that she is done running and it's time to fight back...

Nudity: 2.5 out of 5. There is a VERY nice scene when they're escaping the clinic, they come across Tyler banging the cure into one of those strung out druggie chicks. (Luckily for us, she's the hot one) There is also a scene where a class full of girls shove their hands down their pants and start twiddling their twats in unison like an orchestra of violinists that all forgot their bows. That's pretty hot considering there's no explicit nudity shown in the second scene mentioned.

Gore: 3.5 out of 5. Pretty decent gore, though not a ton like you would find in say... Dog Soldiers. However, this is definitely rooted in horror genre so you can expect to see some quality blood spatter any time someone is mauled by the werewolf.

Awesome: Pretty awesome. I like the first one a little better because it had a better storyline. Even though I'm sure this sequel had a better budget for effects, the lack of Ginger (Katharine Isabelle) in this film deeply disturbs me. Not to take anything away Emily Perkins, she does great in this movie now that she finally gets her spot in the limelight. The first one just seemed more relevant to the growing pains that young teens experience rather than ending up in drug rehab, an experience that not everyone has the pleasure of enjoying.