Review Date: May 10, 2001
Director: John Fawcett
Writer: Karen Walton
Producers: Karen Lee Hall, Steven Hoban
Katherine Isabelle as Ginger
Emily Perkins as Brigitte
Kris Lemche as Sam
And I'm not even touching upon many of the sub tones in this movie, including that of ostracized teens, girls getting their first period and the act of "popping your cherry". You could have a field day trying to figure out the symbolic elements rustling underneath this picture, but don't worry, you needn't pay attention to any of that, and you will still like this film, if you are a real horror fan (in my opinion). Is it a "scary" movie? Hmmm, well, probably not in the way that you'd think. The film isn't packed with "boo" scares or anything, just an overriding feeling of terror, dread and melancholy. It's got originality, a good story, characters to whom you could relate (I was never suicidal in my life but certainly know the feeling of being "left out"), creepiness, lotsa icky moments, some gruesome shots and a gloomy mood throughout. Now does that sound like your kind of evening? If so, this wolf's for you. On the negative tip, the movie did have some slow spots, it definitely could have been cut by about 15-20 minutes and some of the steady cam shots made me woozy, but it's all water under the bridge, if you ask me.
You see, I tend to complain about how Hollywood's "horror movies" seem to be getting lamer and lamer every year, and how they all seem to be more about making a buck, scoring a hip soundtrack and landing the latest "babe of the week" as the lead (hmmm, I'm probably not far off!), and here comes a movie that flips them all the bird and creates a "real" horror movie with obvious passion for the genre and uniqueness in its approach. I probably would've scored this film a 7/10 under regular circumstances, but with the staleness of this genre being as it is, I simply cannot help but "up" this movie's props for being innovative, straying outside the norm and creating a cool l'il flick that kicks most of them Hollywood photocopies to hell. Oh, and did I mention that this movie's got a LOT of blood!! Bring tissues...oh, for so many reasons!!