YMMV / Ginger Snaps

  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Brigitte and Sam are a popular pairing in fanfiction, and the two characters have plenty of onscreen chemistry, despite them being platonic at best in the actual movie.
  • Follow the Leader: One of the criticisms given of the later horror film Jennifer's Body was that its plot (two close female friends, one of whom turns into a monster and must be stopped by the other, less pretty one) was very similar to that of this film.
  • Freud Was Right: The curse is very strongly linked with sexuality and puberty.
  • He's Just Hiding: Some fanfiction involve Sam surviving Ginger's attack and being a werewolf himself.
  • Hollywood Homely: Bridgette is convincingly dowdy. They do a very good job of making Emily Perkins (Bridgette) look unattractive, when you consider just how gorgeous she is in real life.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Ginger. She's a Jerkass through and through for most of the film, although less so to her sister, but as the full moon approaches, Ginger seems to grasp more and more what is happening to her, culminating in the scene where she attempts to chop off her own tail and winds up crying in Brigitte's arms, consumed by fear. It's about the only point where the audience would be willing to risk giving Ginger a hug. Which makes it all the more tragic when Ginger's new murderous side overrides her personality.
  • Moral Event Horizon: After one Accidental Murder, and an offscreen killing with unclear circumstances, Ginger finally sheds what's left of her internal humanity when she brutally murders the janitor with no provocation apart from him stumbling upon a body, and has absolutely no remorse whatsoever. After that, the physical wolf transformation is merely a formality.
  • Narm: The opening of the first film has a woman panicking and crying because the beast of Bailey Downs killed her dog. It's impossible to take seriously - and the rest of the neighborhood seems to agree, going about their business after giving her a passing glance.
  • The Woobie: Brigitte