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Love this movie for all the creepy fairy tales.
Strange as surreal take on Little Red Riding Hood. It's kind of disjointed with the multiple levels and tales inside dreams, it's hard to tell what's ever actually going on. But there are some quality sequences. And the sexual awakening undertone is interesting.
In this schlocky 80s midnight movie, Little Red Riding Hood meets more than her fair share of big bad wolves, albeit most of them played by poorly-disguised dogs.
Simply put, The Company of Wolves is a musty children's fantasy film featuring a handful of outrageously out-of-place werewolf transformation sequences. These sequences are amongst the greatest and grizzliest ever to have gone straight to VHS, with genuinely astonishing animatronics and cringe-inducing gore. The remainder of the film, however, is a wishy-washy tale of whimsical grannies and mythical monobrowed man-wolves.
To make things worse, most of the action takes place in a dusty 'middle age' realm of paper mache mushrooms and sporadic dry ice cannons. To make things worse than worse, the whole thing is bookended by shots of a modern-day version of the main character sleeping, raising such pointless narrative and philosophical dilemmas as is-she-or-isn't-she-dreaming? and will-she-or-won't-she-wake-up?
Inevitably, the answers to both are useless, underwhelming and unnecessary. Nevertheless, the film itself ought to be noted down by all pissed-off parents who fancy giving their snivelling kids the fright of their lives next time they start whining.
Medieval old woman tells tales to her young granddaughter about werewolves and never to stray from the path in the forest causing nightmares. Borrows from the Little Red Riding Hood story. Disjointed mess for the most part despite a couple moments of nice special effects.
The Company of Wolves is a bizarre and haunting spin on the Red Riding Hood (among other) stories - an unsettling tale of morbid temptations and sexual awakening.
Fairy tale/fantasy partly revolving around the Little Red Riding Hood nursery rhyme, although certainly not aimed at children. A bit confusing with multiple tales but well filmed with some good special effects to bolster the proceedings. Released during a highpoint in the werewolf genre.
This is a Werewolf retelling of "Little Red Riding Hood" from Neil Jordan("Interview with a Vampire") that is fantasy/horror.. It's not great, but it's interesting and I liked the old school special effects, it also stars Angela Lansbury and Stephen Rea. Worth a watch for fans of the genre only.
The Company of Wolves, released in 1985, is a fantastically dark and surreal fairy tale about the dangers lurking in the deep, dark woods for young girls, especially ones that wear red hoods and venture to grandmother's house, but this movie is more than just an adult reworking of Little Red Riding Hood. Directed by Neil Jordan and co-written by Jordan and Angela Carter, from Carter's story of the same name, The Company of Wolves brings to the forefront the warnings and hidden truths that make fairy tales a fount of childhood nightmares. The entire movie itself is one young girl's nightmare.
The film begins at a home in the English countryside but quickly moves into the dream of teenage Rosaleen. Her dream will more than once slip into nightmare territory. No part of the peasant village or the woods where her dream takes place ever feels entirely safe. There is no specific time period for the village setting; it seems to take place "once upon a time..." Everything about her dream, and thus the movie, feels simultaneously familiar and strange. Everything feels like a distorted reflection of a waking counterpart. As her dream begins we see her sister being chased by wolves running past distorted, surreal versions of thing in Rosaleen's room, like the giant stuffed bear that tries to grab her.
Rosaleen spends much of her time with her Granny, played with great but subtle authority by Angela Lansbury, listening to her stories. Granny is full of wisdom both practical (never eat a windblown apple) and cryptic (never trust a man whose eyebrows meet, he'll show his true nature in the moonlight). She never hides the darker side of life from her granddaughter. Granny begins her stories with, yes, "once upon a time..." When Rosaleen asks if a young bride and groom in a story live happily ever after, Granny replies quickly, "Indeed they did not!" The groom showed his true beastly nature on their wedding night.
Because The Company of Wolves takes place in a dream, many things are possible and it could delve into the wildly fantastic but it is smart enough to restrain itself. The village and surrounding dark woods were built and shot on soundstages and though everything looks clearly artificial it all feels right for Rosaleen's dream. The sets are dark, nightmarish, and macabre, but also familiar. Since the setting and characters are from the realm of the familiar, we are jarred when the surreal and macabre poke into Rosaleen's world. She finds that an egg in a bird's nest hatches into something made of stone. Rosaleen's father returns from hunting and killing the wolf that killed her sister with its severed paw of as a trophy. It was a paw when he took it, he says, but the trophy has turned into a human hand.
This is a different kind of werewolf movie. It seems that any man can change into a wolf and any wolf can change into a man, not because of a bite or a curse, but because of their true, hidden nature. There is a confrontation at the climax of the film when Rosaleen sets off to Granny's house in her red hood and on the path meets a man whose eyebrows meet. It plays out very differently than the traditional fairy tale. The words of Rosaleen's mother echo through the final act: "You pay too much attention to your granny. She knows a lot but she doesn't know everything. And if there's a beast in men, it meets its match in women too."
The Company of Wolves is a wonderful nightmare. I've seen very few films that successfully convey how a dream can feel completely bizarre and utterly real at the same time. Everything makes sense as it is happening even if you don't know why or how it is happening or what will happen next. You might think that because the movie is a dream there is no weight to the scenes or no real danger to Rosaleen. However, every encounter and experience Rosaleen has are rooted in very real fears and anxieties that the sleeping adolescent Rosaleen likely does not yet fully understand. Even if they came to her in a dream, the lessons of Granny's stories are very real. This is horror that does not make you jump out of your seat or shut your eyes. This is horror that wants to disturb and stir the thoughts buried deep down in your mind.
...it was interesting to start, but not great, until I noticed the theme of the film. It's all based on men, chasing after this coming of age girl, as they each are monstrous wolves in their own right. The idea is that men find a young woman as fresh prey and become monsters to get her. Very interesting... although, the film does not stand up as the years have gone by, and a good remake would be something to watch. I say the film missed, as the story was slow, and you didn't really know where it was going. but the theme is a pretty great one.
Such a good premise but it doesn't pull it off...the terrible performances are not helped by a seriously naff script. The only saving grace is it's running time and some gruesome special effects.