GINGER SNAPS BACK: THE BEGINNING
Unlike The Hangmans Daughter, Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning cannot be considered a prequel proper. The 19th Century setting is initially confusing as you keep scratching your head and wondering what we are doing back nearly 200 years earlier with two identical sisters who also happen to be called Brigitte and Ginger Fitzgerald. Not to mention a plot that mirrors Ginger Snaps where Ginger is bitten by a werewolf and Brigitte spends the film trying to deal with the transformation. You sort of have to ignore this and shrug it off as one of those coincidences that occur in genre cinema the sort that allows every generation of the Frankenstein family to be mad scientists. Essentially you have to regard Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning as a retelling of the plot of Ginger Snaps but transplanted into a 19th Century setting.
Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning takes place entirely in and around an old fort that was built on location in Alberta. In terms of setting, Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning is like a much better version of what the failed Ravenous (1999) tried to be. The film quickly comes to absorb one its atmosphere. Director Grant Harvey, who was second unit director on the original Ginger Snaps, creates a particularly good opening during the girls arrival at the fort. This is a marvellous piece of scene setting where Harvey makes both the wintry wasteland and the locals that inhabit the place seem as equally cold, hostile and unwelcoming. Harvey does a spectacularly good job of creating an atmosphere of creepy foreboding and grim suspense, of portraying a group of men at the end of their respective mental tethers and feeling that they are damned. The mood of constant dread is seamlessnessly sustained throughout. In fact, one might argue that Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning is the best of all the Ginger Snaps films in terms of maintaining its atmosphere. The supporting performances from the men at the outpost are all extremely good.
Director Grant Harvey subsequently went onto direct the alien invasion comedy Freezer Burn (2008) and co-directed A Christmas Horror Story (2015).
Full film available online in several parts beginning here:-