31 DAYS OF HORROR REVIEW: GINGER SNAPS BACK: THE BEGINNING

CAST

Katharine Isabelle (Hannibal)
Emily Perkins (IT)
Nathaniel Arcand (Elektra)
JR Bourne (Stargate SG.1)
Hugh Dillon (Flashpoint)
Brendan Fletcher (New Movie)
Matthew Walker (Highlander: The Series)

Each spring, a party from a fort travels to Hudson Bay to trade pelts for winter provisions, but, in 1815, nobody returns. Brigitte and Ginger are lost with their horse in the Canadian wilderness when they come across a seemingly abandoned camp. An elderly Indian woman, who warns them that they must kill a boy to prevent one sister from killing the other, gives them each a pendant. As their startled horse runs off, Brigitte’s foot is caught in a trap. Ginger seeks help, but the hunter frees Brigitte before she returns. He leads them to Fort Bailey, where they take refuge. Ginger says they are the daughters of a drowned trader and are seeking passage east.Werewolves have besieged the fort for some time. Murphy, the fort’s physician, inspects Brigitte’s wound and applies a leech, surreptitiously testing for werewolf infection. They are given a room that belonged to Wallace’s son Geoffrey. Awakened by a voice, Ginger investigates the corridors, where she eventually finds the source: a deformed boy kept in a small, bolted unlit room; he bites her shoulder as he flees. When Ginger and Brigitte attempt to leave, James confronts them. While Ginger and James are fighting, werewolves attack, killing one of the residents. Reverend Gilbert leads the sisters to an allegedly safe building, which actually contains a werewolf. The sisters run up the stairs, chased by the werewolf, but the hunter appears and kills it. As Ginger and Brigitte are going to their room Ginger’s nose starts to bleed; a sign that she is infected.The sisters discover the boy who bit Ginger is Wallace’s son, Geoffrey. As Ginger sleeps, he sneaks into the bedroom and wakes her. She tries to grab him, but he gets away, taking a lock of her hair; Geoffrey kills a man who investigates the noise and frames Ginger for his murder. James holds Brigitte captive as the others drag Ginger away. Wallace arrives, dismisses James, and makes a deal with Brigitte: her sister’s life in exchange for their silence regarding his son. Wallace and Brigitte find Ginger at the doctor’s, strapped to the examination table and held at gunpoint, about to be tested with a leech. When Wallace demands they release Ginger, Murphy ignores the order. Wallace shoots him dead, which prompts the other men to leave.Image result for ginger snaps back the beginningDetermined to kill Geoffrey, Ginger finds Geoffrey as he cries at his mother’s grave. He escapes and is captured instead by the men. Wallace arrives and kills his son himself. The sisters’ protection at an end, Ginger is forced to leave, and Brigitte goes with her. Desperate for a cure, the sisters go to the hunter’s cave, Ginger killing their guide shortly before they arrive. At the cave, the hunter and Indian seer woman reveal the sisters’ coming had long been prophesied and that the Red and the Black would decide the destiny of the werewolf bloodline. After Brigitte enters a trance-like state, she has a vision of her destiny: the hunter attempts to kill Ginger, and she kills her sister herself. As Brigitte emerges from the trance she finds the seer is dead, killed by Ginger, who has fled. The hunter leads Brigitte back to the fort. Back at the fort, Brigitte is taken prisoner. Gilbert tells her to beg forgiveness, but she spits in his face. Gilbert drags her out onto the parade square and prepares to burn her alive. Wallace interrupts him, runs Gilbert through with his sword, and sets him on fire. James engages Ginger in a fight, and she slashes his throat. As he falls to the ground, Ginger opens the gates and ushers in the werewolves. While the hunter holds his own against them, Wallace is soon bitten and sets the fort on fire before killing himself. The hunter urges Brigitte to kill her sister; instead, Brigitte kills the hunter and flees with her sister.Image result for ginger snaps back the beginningThe film ends with only Ginger and Brigitte left alive huddled in the snow. When Brigitte says that she is cold, Ginger says that she is not. Brigitte then holds out her hand and presses a cut on it against a cut on Gingers hand mingling their blood and infecting Brigitte.Image result for ginger snaps back the beginningGinger Snaps Back: The Beginning is a good film in its own right. The plot and characters are involving, the script is well written, the effects are not horrifc, the actors are great and the twist at the end makes the film. The other side to this film is that it lacks an extra dimension unless viewers watch Ginger Snaps and Ginger Snaps Unleashed. GSU is the better film of them all, but in order to love the films. a Great film, has now become a cult trilogy.

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REVIEW: FLASHPOINT: THE COMPLETE SERIES

MAIN CAST

Enrico Colantoni (Veronica Mars)
Hugh Dillon (Ginger Snaps Back)
Amy Jo Johnson (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers)
David Paetkau (Final Destination 2)
Sergio Di Zio (Reign)
Michael Cram (Arrow)
Mark Taylor (Cinderella Man)
Ruth Marshall (Casino Jack)
Olunike Adeliyi (John Q)
Clé Bennett (Harvard Man)

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Gabriel Logan (Wonderfalls)
Philip Akin (Highlander: The Series)
Lisa Marcus (Lost Girl)
Janaya Stephens (Death Race)
Tyler Stentiford (Hemlock Grove)
Heny Czerny (Supergirl)
Matthew Bennett (battlestar Galactica)
Chandra West (White Noise0
Kenneth Mitchell (Odyssey 5)
Nicholas Campbell (Da Vinci’s Inquest)
Shauna MacDonald (Saw VI)
Sarah Gadon (Dracula Untold)
Tatiana Maslany (orphan Black)
Peter Stebbings (Never Cry Werewolf)
Pascale Hutton (Sanctuary)
Colm Feore (Gotham)
Kristin Booth (Defendor)
Noam Jenkins (Earth: Final ConflicT)
Alisen Down (Smallville)
Jessica Steen (Armageddon)
Ona Grauer (V)
Kari Matchett (Cube 2)
Peter Outerbridge (Beauty and the Beast)
Ryan Kennedy (Smallville)
Calum Worthy (Dr. Dolittle 3)
Alexia Fast (Jack Reacher)
Sherry Miller (The Virgin Suicides)
Kathleen Munrow (Stargate Universe)
Stephen Amell (Arrow)
Brian Markinson (Izombie)
Tamara Gorski (Angel)
Roger Cross (Frist Wave)
Greg Bryk (Bitten)
Noah Danby (Painkiller Jane)
Alan Van Sprang (reign)
Gina Holden (Flash Gordon)
John Pyper-Ferguson (Caprica)
Brendan Fletcher (Bloodrayne 3)
Krista Bridges (Land of The Dead)
Colin Cunningham (Elektra)
Adrian Hough (X-Men 3)
Ian Tracey (Bates Motel)
Erin Karpluk (Dark Angel)
Natalie Alyn Lind (Gotham)
Kate Hewlett (Stargate Atlantis)
Sarah Brown (Vr Troopers)
Patrick Sabongui (The Flash)
Rachel Blanchard (Carrie 2)
Richard Chevolleau (Earth: FInal ConflicT)
Victor Garber (Legends of Tomorrow)
Tattiawna Jones (Robocop 2014)
Rachel Skarsten (Reign)
Eve Harlow (Heroes Reborn)
Cynthia Preston (Pin)
Matthew Bennett (Battlestar Galactica)
Sonya Salomaa (Andromeda)
Ari Cohen (Gangland Undercover)
Camille Sullivan (The Birdwatcher)
JR Bourne (Arrow)
Anthony Lemke (Robocop: Prime Detectives)
Rossif Sutherland (Reign)
Greyston Holt (Bitten)
Aaron Douglas (Battlestar Galactica)
Michael Shanks (Stargate SG.1)
David Alpay (The Vampire Diaries)
Dylan Neal (Arrow)
Sandrine Holt (House of Cards)
Ty Olsson (Izombie)
Shawn Doyle (Frequency)
Katharine Isabelle (Ginger Snaps)
Chad Donella (Smallville)
Jonathan Keltz (Reign)
Steve Bacic (Andromeda)
Mark Lutz (Angel)
Roark Critchlow (V)
David Richmond-Peck (She’s The Man)
A.J. Buckley (Walking Tall 2)
Zoie Palmer (Lost Girl)

The show is based on a real life Toronto police unit similar to SWAT but with their own integral negotiators. This is a brilliant set up because every episode can go either way with a brutal violent conclusion or the culprit talked down peacefully. The issues are dealt with in a mature and considered fashion which rather excellently means that the person with the gun is not always the baddy.

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The team is rather more imaginatively put together than in most similar shows. The team leader (Enrico Colantoni) is the cuddly negotiator whilst two bullet headed middle-aged men (Hugh Dillon and Michael Cram) are his subordinates. They have similar but different home lives and chat through raising teenagers on the way to work. A black junior policeman (Mark Taylor) and an Italian junior policeman (Sergio di Zio) have minor roles but occasionally get their moment in the limelight and both rise to the challenge when they do. David Paetkau plays the ex-special forces sniper who has transfered in. His difficulties integrating and changing his focus from killing to resolving the situation are well handled and his dark back story is mercifully not as overblown as it easily could be. The last team member is Amy Jo Johnson (the only american on the cast) who is the beautiful woman who has to struggle to maintain her position on the team.

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Each show starts with a quick introduction to a perilous situation and then winds back a few hours to see how the problem started. We then build up to the point where police must start making life and death decisions. There are a few running storylines throughout the shot, but most episodes can be seen as standalone.


The Show lasted five seasons and does bring us to a satisfied finale, only season one is available on DVD in the UK but many imports can be found on various sites.