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The Wolves of Willoughby Chase (1989)





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Stuart Orme directed this charming children's adventure-fantasy based on the book by Joan Aiken. Set during the imaginary reign of King James III, sometime in the last century, the story takes place in the snowbound and wolf-infested North Yorkshire countryside in England. The tale centers upon two children -- Bonnie (Emily Hudson) and Sylvia (Aleks Darowska) -- and how they attempt to foil a sinister plot by their evil governess Slighcarp (Stephanie Beacham). ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi
Drama , Kids & Family , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Stephanie Beacham
as Letitia Slighcarp
Mel Smith
as Mr. Grimshaw
Geraldine James
as Gertrude Brisket
Jane Horrocks
as Pattern
Eleanor David
as Lady Willoughby
Jonathan Coy
as Lord Willoughby
Dilys Hamlett
as Aunt Jane
Abbie Dabner
as Rupert
Jirí Lábus
as Dr. Morne
Robert Hamilton
as Coal Man
Trevor Byfield
as Train Driver
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Critic Reviews for The Wolves of Willoughby Chase

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Suspenseful, creepy British film is nightmare fodder.

Full Review… | June 14, 2012
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Audience Reviews for The Wolves of Willoughby Chase

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.

Jon Turner
Jon Turner

A disappointing rendition of the children's story. But at least the girls were correctly portrayed.

Sue Birkenseer
Sue Birkenseer

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.

Kylie B
Kylie B

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