Unique Werewolf and Zombie Films Grace the Countdown

My countdown of my 100 favorite horror films continues with a couple of unexpected werewolf treats from the same franchise, and the first in a unique zombie apocalypse series.

  1. Ginger Snaps Back to the Beginning – 2004

The third installment of the cult favorite werewolf franchise is a bit of a prequel/backstory. I enjoyed this one much more than the sequel. You’ll note the second isn’t even on the list. Set in the 19th century, it attempts to tell a bit of the legend of the curse that infects modern-day Ginger. Once again, Katharine Isabelle is a treat as Ginger.

  1. Ginger Snaps – 2000

Sometimes the horror genre puts forth an unexpected offering that becomes a cult favorite or, dare I say, a cult classic. This one may not be destined for that status, but it was definitely unexpected. Katharine Isabelle is wonderful as Ginger who is bitten by and becomes a werewolf. Her transformation from a shy outcast to oversexed predator is fun to watch. Emily Perkins plays Ginger’s sister Brigitte. Their bond is unbreakable even as Ginger “snaps.” Mimi Rogers stars as their mom.

  1. 28 Days Later – 2002

This is a very entertaining and different take on a zombie apocalypse. Cillian Murphy stars as a man who wakes up 28 days after London is pretty much wiped out except for small pockets of survivors. Naomie Harris (the most recent Moneypenny in the James Bond film series) also stars as one of the survivors. These zombies aren’t plodding or methodical, they are fast and full of “rage.” And of course, the few soldiers left have the wrong idea about how to get through the crisis. I didn’t care much for the sequel, 28 Weeks Later. Now I am hearing a third film is in the works.

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