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The Company of Wolves (1984)

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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Nominated for 4 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 10 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »


Cast overview, first billed only:
Old Priest
Amorous Boy's Father
Kathryn Pogson ...
Young Bride
Young Groom
Tusse Silberg ...
Susan Porrett ...
Amorous Boy's Mother
Shane Johnstone ...
Amorous Boy
Dawn Archibald ...
Witch Woman
Wealthy Groom
Danielle Dax ...


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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In the dead of the night, the beast is unleashed! See more »


Horror | Fantasy


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Release Date:

19 April 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Companhia dos Lobos  »

Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


The exact age of Sarah Patterson's character, Rosaleen, is not mentioned in the film. However, in his director's commentary for the UK Special Edition DVD, director Neil Jordan says she is supposed to be 12-and-three-quarters. On the U.S. DVD (Hen's Tooth Video edition), the promo trailer contains a scene where Rosaleen tells Granny she is 12-and-three-quarters. (Granny: "Maybe you're too young / too young to understand." Rosaleen: "Tell me Gran / I'm 12-and-three-quarters.") See more »


Rosaleen: They say the Prince of Darkness is a gentleman. And as it turns out, they're right; a fine gentleman.
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References Valerie a týden divu (1970) See more »

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Haunting, very unique fantasy horror
2 July 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Neil Jordan's The Company Of Wolves is a long lost horror fantasy classic, a eerie, dreamy take on little red riding hood with a cautionary message about the dangers that blossoming young girls are at risk from at the hands of men. In a dark, drafty mansion, a 14 year old girl (Sarah Patterson) tosses and turns amidst a nightmare. In her nocturnal wanderings we see her as a forest dwelling girl who lives deep in the heart of the woods with her family. Surrounding them is shadowy magic, strange creatures, and an ever present pack of pursuing wolves. As you might expect, she is tasked to journey out into the forest to her grandmother's house. There she is beset with the dangers of a wolf who hides in the skin of a man, a metaphor for the way older men pretend to be something they are not to prey on younger girls. Despite its fantasy setting, the film retains a very mature, grounded look at the risks of trusting someone you've just met, and wrestles with the ideas of how to handle educating our daughters on the dangers that young girls have to be aware of, especially in our modern world as well. It's also a gorgeously produced film. Jordan and team lovingly create a realistic yet dreamy, haunted forest atmosphere, with some truly outstanding practical effects that have to be seen to be believed. The gooey, glistening skinless wolf emerging from a man's naked body is definitely hard to forget, and the little birds eggs that produce tiny humanoid babies are phenomenally well done. Jordan, always a genius with merging together his themes with the atmosphere of the film, uses the primal fears and nightmarish ghouls on the fringes of our awareness to evoke a very real existential dread, spurred by both his visual and intellectual aspects of the film. He is a genius in my mind, one of the last of the finest. Sarah Patterson is a graceful wonder in her breakout role, and Angela Lansbury is great as her old granny. Look out for an awesome cameo from Terence Stamp as the man himself, Lucifer. This is my favourite rendition of little red riding hood because it doesn't fit into any conventional zone and strives to bring us something beautiful and different.

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