The Wolves of Willoughby Chase (1989)
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as Letitia Slighcarp
as Mr. Grimshaw
as Gertrude Brisket
as Lady Willoughby
as Lord Willoughby
as Aunt Jane
as Dr. Morne
as Coal Man
as Train Driver
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While her parents leave on an expedition, young Bonnie (Emily Hudson) and her cousin Sylvia (Aleks Darowska) find themselves under the "care" of Miss Slighcarp (Stephanie Beacham, looking like Scarlett O'Hara on a bad hair night), who sells the girls to an orphanage. We can tell that Slighcarp is evil because she wears dark gowns and sneers into the camera for just about every shot. With the help of a friend who lives in the woods (Lynton Dearden), the girls struggle to reclaim their house while outrunning savage wolves. Nothing we haven't already seen before, but this British production is great fun for fans of dark children's literature. I'm sure the book it's based on has more depth, as there are times when the film seems rushed, with a few questions unanswered (what's up with that secret passage in the girls' house anyway?), but anyone looking for good old-fashioned entertainment won't really mind.
A disappointing rendition of the children's story. But at least the girls were correctly portrayed.
If Richard O Brian's in a film it's bound to be worth watching in some way. Despite the girls being rather whiny even before anything bad happens to them, the nice vein of gothic running through the storyline is enjoyable.
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