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The Company of Wolves (1984)

R  |   |  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

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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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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Trivia

According to Neil Jordan, it was he who suggested adding the modern frame story to the narrative, giving the film what Jordan calls "a Chinese Box structure" (stories within stories). He came up with this idea after seeing The Saragossa Manuscript (1965), which has a similar structure. Jordan also talks about this film on his DVD commentary, where he also sites Roger Corman's films as a major influence, especially Pit and the Pendulum (1961), The Tomb of Ligeia (1964) and The Masque of the Red Death (1964). See more »

Quotes

Rosaleen: [after the huntsman turns into a wolf from being shot, tearfully] I'm sorry. I never knew a wolf could cry.
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One of the most strange werewolf-movies I've seen - but good!
6 April 2005 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

When I read on the back of the cover, the movie seemed interesting. I have a thing for very strange movies, and I loved this one. I love how many of the old folklore-myths about wolves and werewolves have been written into this movie. I think it was easy to predict the ending, but that is maybe because I was able to put myself in Rosaleen's place - and I love wolves and werewolves and folklore-tales, so this movie and it's plot was perfect for me.

I recommend it to anyone who loves werewolves, who loves movies that don't have action all the time, but leaves a space to think. And it makes you watch it, because what will happen in the end? The only thing I would like to have seen more of, was Rosaleen's real life - we only see her sleep, so we're not really getting to know her very much. The only links we have to about how she is, is how her parents and her sister talks about her in the beginning. But otherwise a very good and interesting movie - I recommend it! :)


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