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Ginger Snaps Unleashed
cast: Emily Perkins, Katherine Isabelle, Tatiana Maslany, Janet Kidder, and Eric Johnson

director: Brett Sullivan

94 minutes (18) 2003
widescreen ratio 1.85:1
Mosaic DVD Region 2 retail

RATING: 9/10
reviewed by Debbie Moon
After the events of Ginger Snaps, surviving sister Brigitte is struggling to find a way to overcome her werewolf nature - and on the run from a another of her kind. When she takes an overdose of her dangerous 'cure', she's sent to a drug rehabilitation project in an otherwise abandoned hospital. Teaming up with a pre-teen named Ghost, who's obsessed with horror comics and soon works out what the new girl's problem is, she has to escape before the change happens - or, indeed, her pursuer starts claiming innocent victims. But Brigitte may be in even more danger from an unexpected source...

This fantastic sequel to low-budget hit Ginger Snaps has all the twisted charms of the original - genuine shocks and thrills, a dry and disaffected wit, and a sharp eye for the horrors of being a teenager. The hospital setting, a morass of teen bullies, exploitative staff, and a well-meaning mother figure who just can't accept the real problem, puts a new slant on proceedings, and Megan Martin's ingenious script keeps up the tension and reserves some terrific shocks for the final reel. Emily Perkins gives another gripping performance as the haunted Brigitte, fighting for her life, but it's no insult to her to observe that the breakout performance is young Tatiana Maslany's as Ghost, possibly the world's most disturbed pre-teen. Sharp, shocking and dryly amusing, Ginger Snaps Unleashed is that rare thing - a truly great horror sequel. With another sequel soon to follow, catch up while you can.

DVD extras: trailer; a string of deleted scenes that are actually more like deleted lines; a selection of storyboards, main cast screen-test footage, and some test footage showing the evolution of the werewolf costume. Interesting, but really only a few minutes entertainment.

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