The Movie: Ginger Snaps (2001)
What Is It?: Gory and fairly campy Canadian werewolf flick that is not the first to equate puberty with lycanthropy, but it’s probably the first to acknowledge that girls can be little monsters too. It’s also better than I Was a Teenage Werewolf or Teen Wolf. Brigitte and Ginger are sisters. Brigitte is the brooding one with the scraggly hair and bad posture, and Ginger is the one all the horny boys lust after. They both have classic teenage bad attitudes, but it’s Ginger who’s the werewolf. In an interesting twist on the myth, her transformation is gradual over the course of the whole movie. The witty script uses her supernatural condition to deal with a litter of teen topics: menstruation, immature sex, drugs, cutting, pubic hair, dog eating; you name it.
Why Today?: Today is Canada Day.