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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 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 »

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Horror | Fantasy

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19 April 1985 (USA)  »

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A Companhia dos Lobos  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Director Neil Jordan didn't hold auditions for the part of Granny. Once the project was up and running, he offered it directly to Angela Lansbury. See more »

Quotes

Rosaleen: [a lock of Granny's hair singes in the fireplace] Is that all you left of her? Your kind can't stomach hair, can you? Even if the worst wolves are hairy on the inside.
Huntsman: What do you know about my kind?
Rosaleen: [takes out a knife] My Granny told me plenty!
[the huntsman restrains her]
Huntsman: Are you very much afraid?
Rosaleen: It wouldn't do me much good to be afraid, would it? My, what big eyes you have.
Huntsman: All the better to see you with.
Huntsman: They say seeing is believing, but I'd never swear to it.
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Version of Rashomon (1950) See more »

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A movie that is far more than meets the eye.
7 August 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is a commentary on the passage from innocence to adulthood and the life we throw away as we make that transition. It is series of dream sequences that cover the many ways a man becomes a werewolf while the primary story line is moody reworking of the Little Red Riding Hood tale. The movie itself is very complex and not for those looking for a straight horror movie or a fantasy love story. It puts forth the premise that childhood must end, and we must all in time give in to the animal within. The ending is one that comes as a surprise and a shock to most viewers. The transformation scenes are some of the most incredible in the history of werewolf movies. Those who view this movie will either walk away confused or find themselves changed in some subtle way. It tends to be a bit hard to find in the video stores, but it is more than worth the trouble of searching.


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