Ginger Snaps II: Entfesselt (2004)

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Ginger Snaps II: Entfesselt: Directed by Brett Sullivan. With Emily Perkins, Brendan Fletcher, Katharine Isabelle, Tatiana Maslany. Ginger’s sister Brigitte, now a werewolf herself, must try to find a cure for her blood lust before the next full moon while hiding out in a rehab clinic from a relentless werewolf.

“In most horror series, the sequel serves as little more than a comfortable regurgitation of the original. The u0026#39;final femaleu0026#39;, in all her puritanical and tomboyish glory, re-defeats the male antagonist, is won by the boy (or else walks in the sunset alone, retaining her amazingly puritanical and tomboyish glory)and, in the next installment, either falls victim to the antagonist, or, in the case of u0026#39;Elm Streetu0026#39; has a baby briefly terrorized by him; or she disappears, her textual value intact if not explained. The exceptions: Ripley (she ALWAYS defeats the antagonist, even when she dies) and Bridget (ok, thereu0026#39;s probably other examples, and Iu0026#39;ll be the last to proclaim the two aforementioned as the exclusive exceptions to the generally accepted rule).u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eI read some reviews of the film, not necessarily on IMDb, and often without the intellectual or common-sense interpretation of the IMDb reader, that criticized the film as lacking the strength of the original; of course, one even interpreted the u0026#39;masturbationu0026#39; scene literally, and I guess that immediately drops it out of the legitimate critical analysis. u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eI personally found the film to be, on a complex, real-world level, realistic, insofar as lycanthropy can be said to be u0026#39;real worldu0026#39;. The storyline itself followed a linear logicality rarely seen in the horror genre; in fact, and I lack a HIGH degree of suspension of disbelief–my degrees are in sociology, psychology, history–I was able to read and understand the behaviors of the characters as realistically legitimate. u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eHuman behavior is rarely as coherent as that of the average horror film protagonist or antagonist; Bridgit, Ginger, and Ghost are, realistically, incoherent. Anyone with a relationship to a human being between 8-17 years of age can see behavioral parallels to the characters. And maybe that is what makes so many reviewers unsettled, the stripping of the level of disbelief; or the fact of it being from the viewpoint of a female protagonist who isnu0026#39;t put out there as eye-candy. To extend that thought, we could go the route of the average feminist scholar and blame such negative criticism on an overwhelming INABILITY to connect with the characters based on the limited vision of the average white,narrow-minded, middle-class, 18-30 y/o male to look outside box, but that would disregard, unfairly, the growing role of the female viewer in film consumption. I guess I didnu0026#39;t verify the sex and/or gender of the critics.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003e10 stars, 5 stars, 2 thumbs WAY up; whatever clichés as are necessary to verify my approval are overwhelmingly there.”

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