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That said, I always balk when I see this film placed in the 'Horror' section of any store, and cringe whenever I read a synopsis describing this film as a story about werewolves. Both descriptions are very wide of the mark. This is a story about the transition from childhood to adulthood of a teenage girl, and the symbolism throughout the film is subtle and powerful simultaneously. As such, it pretty much goes without saying that if you are looking for a scary movie, you're probably in the wrong place.
The highlights of this movie are:- Angela Lansbury as 'Granny', who turns in a wonderful performance and really adds a touch of class to the film. Also, the set design and lighting is brilliant, evoking a truly gothic feel to the scenes. For example, most of the movie is based 'outdoors' (like in the woods or in the village), and yet you always get the feeling of an enclosed and somewhat foreboding environment. This feels exactly right given that the story is centred around the character of a young girl, whose world consists solely of the small and familiar surroundings of home, where the outside world is only known to her through the fantastic stories of her Grandmother, where men, wolves and 'straying from the path' are to be feared.Read more ›
Let's get a few things straight before we begin though. This is not one of the cutesy, cool horror films like Scream which will have teenagers bouncing off the wall nor is Company a gentle fairytale for the younger audience. Neil Jordan has fabricated a vivid but nightmarish, atmospheric drama which literally takes a wicked twist on the classic Little Red Riding Hood story.
What not to like? Angela Lansbury is wonderful as always but our young actress Sarah Patterson also makes a splendid young Rosaleen dressed in soft red wool. In comparison to most horror films, this wonderful piece of art is perhaps less gory but nevertheless still has the power to haunt and provoke while holding you breathless in it's beauty. Imagine your favorite classic horror films and what they might've been like with a bit more fantasy or perhaps had they been a bit more visual.
While the film has no explicit sex, it's evident throughout the whole film that director Neil Jordan had orignally intended to make a movie which would completely explore the mysterious relationships between man and woman. He clearly identifies strengths, weaknesses, fears, and longing as if he were a psychology teacher and we were the students.
Perhaps this is the most intellectual werewolf flick ever made and it's release on DVD is long overdue. Many kudos to Hen's Tooth for seeing fit to bring this wonderful film back into our lives on DVD.
One of the early films for Neil Jordon(Crying Game) and just brilliantly done. Full of magic the story has brief opening and closing sequences in the modern world while the majority takes place in the world of fairy tales. Using the the tale of Red Riding Hood as well as Werewolf mythos and the blooming maturity of a young girl the metaphors and mysterious landscape is truly marvelous.
With dark and haunting score by George Fenton(Ever After) this film has everything for the true fan of what fairy tales are supposed to be, a lesson for those too foolish to listen.
Angela Lansbury is Red's granny and plays a rolle not the norm for this icon of old and new Hollywood. It is truly an original film and not a story for young children.
"As your pretty, so be wise, wolves may lurk in any guise. Now, as then, tis simple truth; sweetest tongue has sharpest tooth."
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I had to watch this twice to figure out the storyline (one does exist) after being completely befuddled by the initial viewing. But once I "got it", I really got it. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Swedish Glamster
If you like this sort of movie. A bit dated, but great surrealism and allegory.Published 1 month ago by Blond
Best suggestion is to do what my son did & go digital. no more worries about scratched or broken disc. go to someplace like www.vudu.comPublished 4 months ago by Cathy S. Tachera
Great film that deserves a US BD release, but at least this one us region free. Pity it doesn't have more special features.Published 5 months ago by Kelara
I've love this movie for years...... Finally I can watch it when I wantPublished 6 months ago by Jeannine Covan