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The Company of Wolves (1984)

 -  Horror | Fantasy  -  19 April 1985 (USA)
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A bag full of symbolic folklore about werewolves, or, rather, their sexual connotation. Granny tells her granddaughter Rosaleen strange, disturbing tales about innocent maidens falling in ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Granny
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Father
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Old Priest
Brian Glover ...
Amorous Boy's Father
Kathryn Pogson ...
Young Bride
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Young Groom
Tusse Silberg ...
Mother
Micha Bergese ...
Huntsman
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Rosaleen
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Alice
Susan Porrett ...
Amorous Boy's Mother
Shane Johnstone ...
Amorous Boy
Dawn Archibald ...
Witch Woman
Richard Morant ...
Wealthy Groom
Danielle Dax ...
Wolfgirl
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A bag full of symbolic folklore about werewolves, or, rather, their sexual connotation. Granny tells her granddaughter Rosaleen strange, disturbing tales about innocent maidens falling in love with handsome, heavily eyebrowed strangers with a smoldering look in their eyes; about sudden disappearances of spouses when the moon is round & the wolves are howling in the woods; about babies found inside stork eggs, in a stork nest high up a tree; etc., etc. Of course the story of Little Red Ridinghood is also present, with a very handsome he-wolf! (And of course this he-wolf consumes Grandmother, but 'consumes' Little Red Ridinghood). All the stories are somehow reducible to loss of innocence, and fear of/hunger for (a newly acquired sense of) sexuality; their Freudian character is mirrored in their dreamlike shapes. This movie is not really a horror movie; it's more a multiple tale about growing up into adolescence. Written by Homme A. Piest <piest@pobox.leidenuniv.nl>

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The Company of Wolves. They're all the company we keep. Even in our dreams. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Fantasy

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19 April 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Companhia dos Lobos  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Neil Jordan named his production company after this film. See more »

Quotes

Rosaleen: [pushes him away as they near a kiss] Jesus, what big teeth you have!
Huntsman: [smiles deviously] All the better to eat you with.
[Rosaleen shoots his arm with a rifle making him scream and writhe in pain turning into a wolf]
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Version of Red Riding Hood (1931) See more »

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Classic werewolf drama could be better.
22 December 1998 | by (Suffolk, Virginia) – See all my reviews

Okay, so I liked this one better than THE BEAST MUST DIE. It does have some nice dark, crisp visuals and a sense of scary illusions that any author of 18th-century novels would have been famous for. One humongous detail I must gripe about, though. Those "man-to-wolf" transformations look horrible. They appeared as if a taxidermist was involved in studio props, making this ruiningly unrealistic. Angela Lansbury offers a fine performance as an old woman telling the wolf story to the young girl (LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD, anyone?). Feeling more as a "family" drama than a blood-curled horror film, it looks like it's suitable for just about everybody, which would make better sense. An ugly face tearing scene unfortunately gave it the "R" rating (and why??). Less focus on cheap special effects could've made THE COMPANY OF WOLVES worth a perfectly pleasant and chilling night beside the fire. Still not too bad, though.


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