Ginger Snaps was the 2000 horror film that cast a spotlight on outcast female teens and gave a memorable perspective on the cinematic werewolf. This Canadian cult classic is my all time favourite film partly because its pure originality in the horror genre but also because it doubles as a strong coming of age story. Being the strange girl that I am it’s no wonder that this movie speaks to me. When I was younger I always felt a little bit like an outcast, as I’m sure many young people do at some point in their lives. The characters of Ginger and Brigitte were ones whom I understood all too well and instantly felt a strong connection to.
The movie was filmed just outside of Toronto in Scarborough, Etobicoke, and Brampton. Recently, it dawned on me that, despite living in the GTA, I never went out to visit the filming locations! After doing some research I came across the address for Scarlett Heights Entrepreneurial Academy in Etobicoke, which was used as the exterior set for the high school. Try as I might, I could not find the locations of the suburban scenes near Ginger and Brigitte’s house or the park that they walked to. I scanned Google Earth so many times but it was like looking for a needle in a haystack.
Although I only found an exact address for one filming location, I was pleasantly surprised at how many scenes were shot around different areas of the school. Lucky for me, the gas station across the street was another filming location, more specifically Ginger and Brigitte’s hang out spot!
I was on the edge of my seat and ready to hop out of the vehicle as we drove up to the school. The movie scenes kept replaying in my mind like a reel of film on replay. Below are all of the photos I took of the filming locations with a screenshot of the original movie scene attached.