John Fawcett's Ginger Snaps

By Ernest Mathijs

© 2013

Few studies of Canadian cinema to date have engaged deeply with genre cinema and its connection to Canadian culture. Ernest Mathijs does just that in this volume, which traces the inception, production, and reception of Canada’s internationally renowned horror film, Ginger Snaps (2000). This tongue-in-cheek Gothic film, which centres on two death-obsessed teenage sisters, draws a provocative connection between werewolf monstrosity and female adolescence and boasts a dedicated world-wide fan base.

The first book-length study of this popular film, John Fawcett’s Ginger Snaps is based on the author’s privileged access to most of its cast and crew and to its enthusiasts around the world. Examining themes of genre, feminism, identity, and adolescent belonging, Mathijs concludes that Ginger Snaps deserves to be recognized as part of the Canadian canon, and that it is a model example of the kind of crossover cult film that remains unjustly undervalued by film scholars.

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  • Series: Canadian Cinema
  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 160 pages
  • Illustrations: 15
  • Dimensions: 5.3in x 0.5in x 7.5in
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Few studies of Canadian cinema to date have engaged deeply with genre cinema and its connection to Canadian culture. Ernest Mathijs does just that in this volume, which traces the inception, production, and reception of Canada’s internationally renowned horror film, Ginger Snaps (2000).

John Fawcett's Ginger Snaps

By Ernest Mathijs

© 2013

Few studies of Canadian cinema to date have engaged deeply with genre cinema and its connection to Canadian culture. Ernest Mathijs does just that in this volume, which traces the inception, production, and reception of Canada’s internationally renowned horror film, Ginger Snaps (2000). This tongue-in-cheek Gothic film, which centres on two death-obsessed teenage sisters, draws a provocative connection between werewolf monstrosity and female adolescence and boasts a dedicated world-wide fan base.

The first book-length study of this popular film, John Fawcett’s Ginger Snaps is based on the author’s privileged access to most of its cast and crew and to its enthusiasts around the world. Examining themes of genre, feminism, identity, and adolescent belonging, Mathijs concludes that Ginger Snaps deserves to be recognized as part of the Canadian canon, and that it is a model example of the kind of crossover cult film that remains unjustly undervalued by film scholars.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Canadian Cinema
  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 160 pages
  • Illustrations: 15
  • Dimensions: 5.3in x 0.5in x 7.5in
  • Reviews

    “This book offers a smart yet accessible discussion of one of the most prominent Canadian films on the international popular culture landscape. Ernest Mathijs is widely recognized as an authority on cult cinema and reception studies, and in this most sustained analysis of Ginger Snaps to date, he illuminates much about the film’s textual qualities, production and exhibition history, and fan following.”


    Barry Keith Grant, Department of Communication, Popular Culture, and Film, Brock University
  • Author Information

    Ernest Mathijs is a professor in the Department of Theatre and Film at the University of British Columbia.
  • Table of contents

    Acknowledgments

    Prologue

    Chapter One: Wolfer Grrrls

    Chapter Two: Morbid Sisters

    Chapter Three: Menstrual Monsters

    Chapter Four: Horror Heroines

    Epilogue

    Production Credits

    Further Viewing

    Notes

    Selected Bibliography

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