The Horror Honeys: WiHM: Ginger Snaps Back: The Prequel... Kinda.

WiHM: Ginger Snaps Back: The Prequel... Kinda.

A Guest Monster Honey Trilogy Finale Review by Sarah

Yes, but the beginning of what?
Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning (2004)

What do you do when your film series has run out of steam? Well, obviously the answer is time travel. Alright, maybe time travel is the wrong term; it’s more like a historical alternate universe fan fiction. And I tell you what? Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning is not that bad. 

In 1815, sisters Ginger and Brigitte are lost in the wilderness and take shelter in the outpost of a trading company that is being besieged by werewolves. Ginger is bitten, much like in the first film, but Brigitte must protect her sister from the danger both outside the walls, and within.

If Ginger Snaps II: Unleashed was a story that didn’t really need to be told, that applies double for the prequel, which doesn’t even have the benefit of any of the people involved in the production like the second one did. Also gone is the subtext and black humour of the first two films, making Part 3 into a much more conventional werewolf story in a historical setting. However, I still found something oddly charming about the film. Maybe it’s because I’m a bit of a sucker for period films, although period dialogue is barely attempted, especially for period genre films. Maybe it’s because this film allows more interaction between Katherine Isabelle and Emily Perkins than the second one, once again letting their chemistry shine through. 

I do like the incredibly isolated setting of the trading outpost in the middle of the woods. Too often in horror films there’s always the question of why someone can’t just go for help, well here it’s because the nearest person is several weeks’ journey away and you’re surrounded by hairy killing machines. Ginger and Brigitte are very much trapped. They are also isolated by the fact that they’re surrounded by very aggressive men, and even with this film’s lack of subtext compared to the other films, there is something more than a little uneasy about that.

Guys... this movie is exactly like The Revenant, but with werewolves, I swear. 
Where the film starts to fall over, however, is looking at it as a prequel. It doesn’t really add anything to the mythology, loose as it is, from the previous films. So, years before Ginger and Brigitte had a run-in with a werewolf these other sisters who also happen to be named Ginger and Brigitte have an encounter with werewolves. That’s quite the coincidence. Or, are the girls from the first film meant to be some kind of reincarnation of these two sisters? There is also a vague warning/message -because it’s always a vague message and never a clear one- that the events of this film makes the werewolf bloodline stronger and that’s what leads to the events of the first film..... maybe. Yeah, I’m just not sure. This is why is might be best to view Ginger Snaps 3 as an alternative take on the set up of the first film rather than a part of the same wider story.
There's also this guy and his hipster beard...
Why is he here? 

The werewolf effects are still mostly practical, and still look nasty, but not on the same level as the first two films. The transformation effects look a little Phantom of the Opera-esque, and the full wolves have strange elongated forelegs that don’t make any logical sense. 

The verdict: Whilst Part 3 of this series is essentially pointless and nowhere near as good as the first films, I still enjoyed Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning as a historical werewolf picture with two leading ladies that I really enjoy. Watching the three films together really emphasises just how good the first film was, and that what was great about it just isn’t something easily repeated. Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning gets 3 bird skull necklaces out of 5

This is basically how I arrived at my school prom.