The Unenthusiastic Critic's annual October movie marathon reaches "that time of the month," as we sit down for our first viewing of John Fawcett's cult-classic teen werewolf movie Ginger Snaps (2000), starring Emily Perkins, Katharine Isabelle, and Mimi Rogers.

First, this week, we're talking about our favorite "girl-monsters," those hormone-fueled horror adolescents who navigate their awkward teen years by killing a lot of people: from The Exorcist and Carrie, to The Craft and Jennifer's Body, to Teeth and Raw and The Witch

Then, we're watching Fawcett's menstrual monster movie Ginger Snaps, a sharp and witty exploration of girlhood, sisterhood, and lycanthropy. Join us for a free-flowing conversation about festive period cakes, impressive drug-dealer chemistry, and why murdering teen-age boys is so much more satisfying than sleeping with them.


00:00: Prologue, from Buffy the Vampire Slayer 2×15
00:49: Preliminary Conversation: Girl-Monsters
25:51: Original Trailer for Ginger Snaps
27:11: Cultural Osmosis: Pre-Viewing Discussion
30:12: Interlude: from Ginger Snaps
31:14: The Verdict: Post-Viewing Discussion
1:03:43: Outro and Next Week's Movie
1:06:12: Outtake

Notes and Links

—Movie Reviewed: Ginger Snaps (dir. John Fawcett, Motion Int., 2000).
—Links and References: "The Rise of the Girl-Monster," Sara McCartney,; Reviews by Dave Kehr, New York Times; Derek Elley, Variety; Scott Tobias, AV Club; Tom Charity, Time Out; Jim Vorel, Paste.
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