This week Nikki and Kate watched Ginger Snaps and waxed poetic about tupperware fingers, their adoration for Pamela (#pamelastan #rideordiepamela), and also about the intersection of werewolves and coming of age stories featuring teen girls. At the end of the day, we just really wanna be Pamela’s spooky girls.

Content warnings:

Suicidal ideation, suicide, dog death, blood, gore, animal abuse, sexual assault, homophobic slurs, drug use, self harm, cannibalism, finger mutilation, broken bones, death of a minor, jump scares, vomit, needles, body dysmorphia, shaky cam, car accident, someone strugging to breathe 



Summary:

Is becoming a woman analogous, in some deep psychological way, to becoming a werewolf? Ginger is 16, edgy, tough, and, with her younger sister, into staging and photographing scenes of death. They’ve made a pact about dying together. In early October, on the night she has her first period, which is also the night of a full moon, a werewolf bites Ginger. Within a few days, some serious changes happen to her body and her temperament. Her sister Brigitte, 15, tries to find a cure with the help of Sam, a local doper. As Brigitte races against the clock, Halloween and another full moon approach, Ginger gets scarier, and it isn’t just local dogs that begin to die. -IMDb jhailey

 

Nerd Corner:

Societal anxieties represented by werewolves – > raw emotional/primal urges

Duality, conflict -> society vs. nature

Power vs. control

Monster Theory: Reading Culture by Jeffrey Cohen 

Women and Other Monsters: Building a New Mythology by Jess Zimmerman 

Societal anxiety mapped out on teen girls-> anxiety over teen girl sexuality, agency over body

 

Kate’s Notes:

Child playing in sandbox- childhood. Blood. End of innocence. 

Sexism, internalized misogyny

Crooked cam as they enter the park

Juxtaposition of innocence of park and dog body 

Started her period when they found the dog body. Calls it “the curse”

“Something’s wrong. Like more than just you being female.”

Female rage, the inappropriateness of women’s anger, the trials of growing up as a woman

I’m the Bridgette, taking notes furiously like it will solve problems. And also feeling left behind by hormones and my friends getting horny and shit

Ginger got a whole ass cake and B gets a consolation slice. 

Consolation cake slice. 

“You asked for this. You picked Sam over me whatever happens now is your fault.”

Mom is the normalization/perpetuation of those norms without engaging with or critiquing them. Maintains the status quo.

OPEN BACKED STAIRS.  I was right to fear them. 

The benefits of an unfinished basement. 

7 types of conflict in literature: person vs. person, person vs. self, person vs. fate, person vs. society, person vs. nature, person vs. the unknown, and person vs. technology.

 

Tropes:

Accidental murder

Adults are useless

Bait and switch

Berserk button

Body horror

Bloody horror

Chekhov’s gun

Chunky salsa rule

Coming of age story

Cursed with awesome

Epunymous title

Evil-detecting dog

For Halloween, I am Going As Myself

Horror Doesn’t Settle for Simple Tuesday

Jerkass Has a Point

Locked into Strangeness

Missing White Woman Syndrome

We Can Rule Together

 

Works Cited:

Hughes, Kathryn. (2015, August 30). In our dog-eat-dog world, it’s time for werewolves. The Guardian. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/aug/30/werewolves-scarcity-fear-vampires-sexual-anxiety

 

McCallum, Heather. (2016, November 8). The Werewolf/Vampire Dichotomy. CUNY. https://eportfolios.macaulay.cuny.edu/monsters/category/werewolves/

 

Pollentzke, Isabelle. (2017). Howling at the Boundaries: Werewolves and Anxiety about the Human-Animal Border in Early Modern Europe. Animals and Society. https://www.animalsandsociety.org/human-animal-studies/sloth/sloth-volume-3-no-1-winter-2017/howling-boundaries-werewolves-anxiety-human-animal-border-early-modern-europe/

 

Tenreyro, Tatiana. (2020, September 25). A Different Kind of Monster Movie: Writer Karen Walton Reflects on ‘Ginger Snaps’ 20 Years Later. Bloody Disgusting. https://bloody-disgusting.com/interviews/3633638/different-kind-monster-movie-writer-karen-walton-reflects-ginger-snaps-20-years-later/


Wecker, Menachem. (2010, July 20).Vampires, Werewolves and Ogres. GWToday. https://gwtoday.gwu.edu/vampires-werewolves-and-ogres