The Company of Wolves

1984

The Company of Wolves

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73%

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After hearing her grandmother's stories about dangerous men, a 13-year-old girl has nightmares that transform her into Little Red Riding Hood.

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Critic Reviews for The Company of Wolves

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (1)

  • It is not a children's film and it is not an exploitation film; it is a disturbing and stylish attempt to collect some of the nightmares that lie beneath the surface of "Little Red Riding Hood."

    Oct 23, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Once the initial narrative turbulence passes The Company of Wolves emerges as an innovative and memorable fantasy spectacle

    Jul 2, 2019 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…
  • Strange and haunting, but unduly disjointed.

    Feb 6, 2003 | Rating: 2/5
  • Red Riding Hood has always been a good source for nightmares, and this is one of the more compelling of those bad dreams

    Jan 22, 2003 | Rating: 4/5
  • Neil Jordan's unsettling spin on the old Red Riding Hood themes.

    Jul 25, 2002 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for The Company of Wolves

  • Jul 14, 2019
    Jordan exposes how fairy tales often betray a culture's hangups. Here he lets the Little Red Riding Hood's mythos run wild, finding ways to examine and undermine it while delivering some top notch imagery.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 02, 2013
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    Directors C Super Reviewer
  • Mar 20, 2010
    <IMG SRC="http://img716.imageshack.us/img716/1320/companyofwolves.jpg" height=200 width=400 /> Alice runs through the woods in terror as something unseen gives chase, but this is no ordinary forest. Scattered throughout are remnants from her childhood impeding her progress. Once a comforting bastion of safety and warmth, her toys have turned on her. A rag doll tries to hold her down, a stuffed bear assaults her when she embraces it and her dollhouse, though pristine on the outside, is infested with rats. Her bosom heaves with labored breathing as she struggles to escape but her efforts are for naught. Eventually, as they must, the wolves catch up. Taking place entirely within the realm of the unconscious, the film's theme is that of sexual awakening. Rosaleen, having lost her older sister to womanhood, must now prepare to make the same journey. Just as Alice put down her toys in order to be consumed by wolves so must she, despite the terrifying warnings her overbearing grandmother instills in her: the woods are filled with peril, there is danger all around and within the breast of every man beats the heart of an enraged beast. The only way to protect yourself is to do as you are told, be wary of the opposite sex and never stray from the path. But it is as girls become women, the true purpose of the path becomes apparent. It is not in keeping the beasts out, as danger will track Rosaleen to her home if it cannot find her elsewhere, but in caging her in. The woods are certainly thick and ominous but they will forever remain so if they go unexplored. And the forest is never quite as dangerous to those who do not fear the company of wolves. "If there is a beast inside every man", after all, "he meets his match in the beast inside of every woman."
    Eduardo C Super Reviewer
  • Feb 25, 2010
    The story of a girls coming of sexual age metaphorically put through the power of dreams.
    Matthew M Super Reviewer

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