Tiger Stripes – Fantasia 2023

Tiger Stripes
This film comes across like the Malaysian Ginger Snaps, as a horror film based around the changes that happen to females during puberty.

Tiger Stripes – Fantasia 2023

Runtime: 01:35
A 12-year-old girl who is carefree until she starts to experience horrifying physical changes to her body.

A 12-year-old Malaysian girl undergoes immense changes after hitting puberty in . Zaffan () is a student at a Muslim all-girls school in Malaysia, who often ends up breaking the rules when hanging out with her friends Farah () and Mariam (). When Zaffan has her period one night, the resulting changes make her an outcast from her friends. Zaffan decides to embrace these changes, which includes letting in a dark force that resides in the woods.

Tiger Stripes Synopsis

Tiger Stripes is a coming-of-age horror film written and directed by Amanda Nell Eu. Coming across like a Malaysian version of the Canadian classic Ginger Snaps, the film focuses on a 12-year-old girl named Zaffan, who undergoes changes both emotional and physical, after becoming the first in her group of friends to hit puberty. Bullied by her former friend Farah and made an outcast at her school, Zaffan ends up embracing the animal within her.

My Thoughts on Tiger Stripes

Quite similar to 2000's Ginger Snaps, the horror of Tiger Stripes is an allegory for the changes that occur in females during puberty. In this case, Zaffan seems to be possessed by a tiger-like demon, which results in glowing pink eyes and the growing of claws on her hands and feet. While some of the low-budget effects of the film are laughably low-quality, shots of Zaffan climbing trees come to mind, Tiger Stripes is still a solid addition to the pantheon of female-centric horror films.

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Sean Patrick Kelly
Sean Patrick Kelly
Sean Patrick Kelly is a freelance film critic and blogger based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.