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The Company of Wolves (1984)

 -  Horror | Fantasy  -  19 April 1985 (USA)
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A teenage girl in a country manor falls asleep while reading a magazine and she has a disturbing dream involving wolves which appears to take place in the woods visible from her bedroom window.

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Cast

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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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Where fairy stories meet horror stories [Australia Theatrical] See more »

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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 cast Angela Lansbury on the basis of her performance in The Manchurian Candidate (1962). She had an air of sinister charm that was perfect for the role of Granny. 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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For fans of the weird and lovers of the pre-CGI era, this is a rare treat
11 January 2014 | by (wherever good films play) – See all my reviews

What a weird fairy tale: director Neil Jordan (Interview with the Vampire) seems to have had the intention of taking a Freudian approach to the story of 'Little Red Riding Hood'. The result is an almost surreal collection of stories about rather testosterone driven werewolves, who all have a little more on their minds than 'just' to kill. If you like old school practical effects and transformations, this film has 'em by the truck load (although they do seem a little dated by now). Not everything works in this strange tale; the mix of sexual symbolism, poetic beauty and gory horror moments seems a bit forced at times - but when it does work it's utterly fascinating. For fans of the weird and lovers of the pre-CGI era, this is a rare treat. 7 out of 10.

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