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Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed (2004) is the first sequel to Ginger Snaps.

After the events of the first movie, Brigitte is attacked by a mysterious werewolf. After losing consciousness, she finds herself in a rehab clinic where she struggles with her own lycanthropy while looking for the male werewolf.

This film contains examples of:

  • Affably Evil:
    • Ghost, at least towards Brigitte. She seems like a sweet, if odd, girl who befriends Brigitte and tries to help her with her lycanthropy. It turns out she's manipulating Brigitte the whole time to kill people however.
    • Tyler the orderly goes back and forth between this and Faux Affably Evil. On the one hand, he trades sexual favors from the girls at the rehab center in exchange for drugs. On the other, he seems legitimately (platonically) affectionate towards Ghost (Ghost having faked his attempt to rape her), and is worried about Brigitte when her transformation becomes noticeable. His quote below to Brigitte is rather telling.
      Tyler: You smile at the world, and the world will smile right back at you.
  • Air-Vent Passageway: Used by Ghost and Brigitte. Somewhat justified since they are both skinny teenage girls.
  • Badass Boast: As Brigitte prepares a trap for the male werewolf near the end, Ginger taunts her, and we get this exchange that shows us just how much Brigitte has taken a level in badass since the first movie.
    Ginger: You can't fight what's in us, B.
    Brigitte: I'm not like you, Ginger. I'm stronger.
    Ginger: (scoffs) Oh really? Well, that's not how I remember you the first fifteen years of your life!
    Brigitte: It's how I remember the last fifteen minutes of yours.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Ghost gets exactly what she wants in the end.
  • Big Bad: Brigitte is on the run from a mysterious male werewolf that opposes her throughout the movie, but the ultimate villain in the story is Ghost.
  • The Corrupter: The apparition of Ginger, which demeans and sneers at Brigitte's attempt to halt the curse and encourages her to let go and embrace it. She is very clearly a figment of Brigitte's frayed psyche, but she addresses the ghost as if it really were her sister.
  • Country Matters: "Good luck on your journey to the other side, Beth-Ann. I'm sorry you were such a cunt."
  • Creepy Child: Ghost confuses reality with comic books frequently and has a strange obsession with werewolves. And that's before The Reveal.
  • Downer Ending: The movie ends with Brigitte being betrayed by Ghost, who locks her in the basement and plans to use her to kill her "enemies".
  • Dying as Yourself: Averted rather cruelly at the end. Brigitte, who can no longer keep the transformation at bay, begs Ghost to kill her as a way to invoke this… but instead, Ghost betrays her, locking her in the basement and allowing her to fully turn, which is essentially a Death of Personality.
  • Ending Theme: The rather appropriate "Beautiful" by Joydrop, which captures the tone of the Fitzgerald sisters' relationship... or at least, how Brigitte might view it.
  • "Eureka!" Moment: Upon seeing a "No Smoking" sign in Barbara’s bathroom, Brigitte realizes that Ghost has been lying to her the entire time.
  • Evil-Detecting Dog: Rocky, Ghost's pet terrier, reacts this way to Brigitte in a deleted scene.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Every time Ghost is alone with her burned grandmother, her grandmother subtly tries to hit the call button to get the nurse to come into the room. Also, at one point, Ghost gushes over a comic panel depicting a glorious queen of darkness with evil hellhounds to do her bidding.
    • Also later, when Brigitte is setting up a trap for the male werewolf, Ghost pours gasoline in there for added measure, and we get this rather chilling exchange.
      Brigitte: How long will it burn?
      Ghost: (nonchalantly) Barbara took about 27 minutes...
  • Genre Savvy: Ghost is this way because she reads so many comics.
  • Happy Ending Override: More like "Bittersweet Ending Override" in this case. Brigitte was forced to kill her sister in the first movie but seemingly managed to cure herself. In this movie, it's revealed Brigitte has to continuously inject monkshood to hold off the transformation, is staying at a rehab clinic, and has the dubious privilege of being stalked by an unknown male werewolf. To top it all off, her transformation into a werewolf is complete at the end of the movie, with Ghost deciding to keep her as a "pet" to sic on her enemies.
  • Hazy-Feel Turn: Tyler goes from an antagonistic force to a more heroic one, but nothing about his moral compass or personality changes in the slightest. He's then sent to his death by Brigitte in retribution for a crime he didn't commit.
  • Heroic Suicide: Brigitte attempts this at one point, so that the monster she's turning into is never unleashed. She doesn't have the courage to go through with it.
  • If I Can't Have You…: A non-romantic example. While she doesn’t say it outright, this was basically Ghost’s motivation for lying to Brigitte about Tyler raping her.
  • Ironic Echo: "Without consequences to our actions, things get very confused."
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Beth-Ann doesn't rat Brigitte out when she catches her in the basement, and even helps her escape... although, considering what Beth was doing there herself, becoming an accomplice was probably the wiser choice. Inverted with Tyler, who's an incredibly friendly guy but completely amoral.
  • Karma Houdini: As far as we know, Ghost wasn't punished for what she did to Brigitte. And since it's unlikely a sequel is going to be made any time soon, she remains so. Possibly averted in the fact that werewolves in this setting seem to be uncontrollable monsters, the first time Ghost lets her out she will get mauled.
  • Leitmotif: Ghost has a theme that often plays in scenes where she's in a good mood. A Dark Reprise plays over the final scene of the movie.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Ghost. She lies to Brigitte about how her grandmother wound up in the hospital with severe burns, and then in the climax, claims that Tyler raped her, which leads to his undeserved death.
  • Not Quite Saved Enough: Brigitte (and the audience) thought that injecting herself with monkshood could keep her safe from the injection she voluntarily gave herself while trying to save Ginger. One of the first things we learn in this movie is that the monkshood doesn't stop the transformation, but merely slows it down.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Brigitte every time she notices a new sign of her transformation.
    • Tyler when he injects Brigitte with monkshood and her arm swells up and starts pulsating.
    • Ghost has two minor but hilarious ones:
      • The first is when she reveals that she managed to get one of the vials of monkshood for Brigitte after they escape, only to realize that she forgot to take the syringe with her.
      • The second is much later on, when they're at Barbara's house, and Ghost fires her grandmother's shotgun when she hears a noise at the front door, thinking that it's the male werewolf, only to find...
        Alice: Ghost?!
        Ghost: (has a look on her face that just screams "Whoops...")
        Alice: You shot at me! What the Hell?!
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Ghost is only ever referred to as "Ghost." Apparently her grandmother started calling her that when she was 7 as a way to subconsciously stop her from making sudden noises.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: For the most part of the movie, Spirit Advisor Ginger snarks at Brigitte every time she goes through a difficult moment, with the latter saying nothing in return. Towards the end of the movie, however, once Brigitte decided to confront the werewolf head-on, she gives a short and mean-spirited response to Ginger's taunt.
  • The Reveal:
    • Right before the climax, it’s revealed that Ghost not only lied about how her grandmother Barbara got burnednote , but also lied about Tyler raping her. Brigitte is quite understandably pissed when she figures it out.
    • Brigitte offhandedly reveals the motivation of her relentless pursuer is to mate with her.
  • Shoot the Shaggy Dog: Both sisters and all the "good" characters are effectively dead or missing by the end of the sequel. The only ones still remaining are a sociopathic girl and a werewolf who was formerly Brigitte, but has likely had all vestiges of her former personality erased.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: The tone of Brigitte's parting words to the apparition of her sister that's been haunting her.
  • Spirit Advisor: Ginger appears to Brigitte when she's lonely or scared. It is never made clear whether Ginger is a ghost or if Brigitte's hallucinating (the trauma of the first movie, plus the addiction, would justify this).
  • Villainous Crush: Wolves mate for life (and it's safe to assume this might be the same with werewolves), but there is no denying the wolf chasing Brigitte is insistent to the point of obsession.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Ghost tells Brigitte that Tyler raped her, which results in Brigitte leaving him to be mauled by the male werewolf.