This week’s what to watch on Shudder features Ginger Snaps, The Innkeepers, and Innsmouth. Here’s more on this week’s picks…
What to Watch on Shudder: Ginger Snaps
2000’s Ginger Snaps is a great addition to the werewolf sub-genre. Director John Fawcett’s film focuses on two teenage girls in a suburban town. When Ginger is bitten by a creature, she starts to develop signs of lycanthropy. The film combines a coming-of-age story with a gory horror. It mixes teenage issues with mystical allegory in a way that is similar to the Buffy the Vampire Slayer television series. Although, Ginger Snaps is light on the humour and heavy on the blood. Fawcett shows just how to make a modern werewolf film bite. Ginger Snaps is now considered a cult movie, and justly so.
What to Watch on Shudder: The Innkeepers
Supernatural horror The Innkeepers combines frights with laughs. The 2012 film, written and directed by Ti West, effectively balances humour with terror. Two members of staff at an inn decide to investigate the hotel’s supposedly haunted past. The focus remains on the two protagonists, and The Innkeepers is all the better for this. The film boasts a decent script, effective sound, and some good, sustained tension. Although the ending is a little disappointing, overall the film is a well worth watching for those who enjoy supernatural horror. Read a full review of The Innkeepers here.
What to Watch on Shudder: Innsmouth
Writer-director Izzy Lee’s 2015 short Innsmouth shows some promise. The film is about a police detective who travels to the town of Innsmouth after discovering a clue at a crime scene. The film takes inspiration from H.P. Lovecraft, with not only its setting but some facets of the story. A gentle build makes way for a strange middle and a startling conclusion.
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