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0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

not your typical werewolf fable

Author: Michael Neumann from United States
12 November 2010

This odd, adult fairy tale was all but thrown away when first released, and perhaps not without reason. The dark, dreamlike blend of magic, mysticism, and psycho-Freudian symbolism must have totally confounded the marketing team who (out of frustration?) chose to present it as a horror film in the same vein as 'An American Werewolf in London' or 'The Howling'. The story is set in a strange, Arcadian forest apparently deep inside the dreams of a sleeping young girl on the brink of womanhood, who conjures up a facsimile Little Red Riding Hood, warned by her wise old grandmother to beware of those wolves that are "hairy on the inside". Aside from one or two distracting but visceral werewolf transformation scenes the film is an imaginative and unique reflection on the origins of fable, admittedly not for all tastes.

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Never stray from the forest path, never eat a windfall apple and never trust a man whose eyebrows meet in the middle.

Author: Reid Taylor (Reid-4) from New Canaan, CT
28 December 1999

The Company Of Wolves is probably one of the most interesting movies of all time. The storyline is very entertaining and chilling. I have never ever seen a movie like this. What makes the movie so precious is the girl who played Rosaleen (Sarah Patterson). She did the most outstanding performance in the history of acting!!! The weird thing is that it is not really a horror movie. It is more of a movie about growing into adulthood. The movie would have been rated PG13 but there is a scene where the wolf tears up somebody's face which gave it a rating of R (don't let that stop you!) Many things make this movie look pretty bad but it is really the best movie you will ever see.

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Mature retelling of the classic tale

Author: Eileen (eileen-9)
30 October 1999

This is a wonderfully surreal version of Little Red Ridinghood. Sarah Patterson and Angela Lansbury are good and I'm glad Angela Carter did the adaptation. The special effects are badly dated and they detracted from the mood, but they don't last long.

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Are men wolves? Are wolves men?

Author: Otter-6 from Hartford, Connecticut
10 October 1998

This horror film explores the old fable Red Riding Hood in terms of a young woman's coming-of-age; and how men and women relate to each other, from a woman's perspective of the darker side of man's nature. Is he beast or friend? Fiend or savior? This magnifcent film lets you draw your own conclusions.

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Interesting take on werewolf lore.

Author: Scott LeBrun (Hey_Sweden) from Canada
24 May 2014

This appropriately moody looking film from co-writer / director Neil Jordan is good entertainment, a combination of horror and fairy tale that plays up the sexual angle in its exploration of the werewolf myth. It's true enough that the film is murky, but that fits the material; Jordan avoids a lot of bright colours and his crew give this an excellent period feel. (This only helps to make the red shawl worn by our heroine to really stand out.) The acting is solid, and overall "The Company of Wolves" benefits from its theme of there being more to "wolves" than meets the eye. Of course, this also ties into the time honoured idea of the beast inside man.

The film encompasses several tales, all of them either told by kindly Granny (Angela Lansbury) or her granddaughter Rosaleen (Sarah Patterson), and supposedly all of them are contained within Rosaleens' dreams. They range from a groom (Stephen Rea) having a surprise in store for his new bride (Kathryn Pogson) to a young man receiving some sort of magical potion from a stranger (Terence Stamp, in an uncredited cameo) to a village that traps a wolf whose paw transforms into a human hand.

Enhanced by Bryan Loftus's lighting and the music of George Fenton, "The Company of Wolves" is deliberately paced but full of atmosphere; one does feel like they are being transported to another time and place. It's also full of creepy imagery, and Christopher Tucker contributes makeup and transformation effects that may not quite measure up to what Rick Baker and Rob Bottin devised for their respective werewolf classics ("An American Werewolf in London", "The Howling"), but are striking nevertheless. The dialogue created by Angela Carter has a very literate quality. The cast - ever delightful Lansbury, Rea, David Warner, Graham Crowden, Brian Glover, Danielle Dax, Jim Carter - does creditable work, with young Patterson convincingly essaying an essential innocence.

This film remains somewhat forgotten today, having come in the wake of those aforementioned werewolf pictures, so for lovers of the sub genre, it should be worth their while to discover it.

Seven out of 10.

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Grim furry tales.

Author: tyler-and-jack from Edinburgh.
21 August 2009

Neil Jordan's movie blending and filtering werewolf fables through the mesh of human sexuality stands up (thanks to his superior direction and the source material from Angela Carter) as one of the finest werewolf movies ever made, one of the finest British horrors ever made and simply a modern classic full of memorable moments, potent imagery and surreal visuals.

The movie ostensibly takes place within the dreams of a young girl, Rosaleen (Sarah Patterson), and this allows for a number of disparate and yet subtly linked vignettes covering a range of traditional werewolf stories. We get the returning huntsman, the gypsy curse and the stranger in the woods among others, most of them related to young Rosaleen by granny (Angela Lansbury giving an absolutely wonderful performance). And there's always that Little Red Riding Hood imagery to play around with too.

Lavishly executed, this movie mixes some of the very best and artistic visuals ever seen in the werewolf movie subgenre with a clever script delivered by a mixed cast that includes the ever-watchable likes of Stephen Rea, Brian Glover, David Warner and Terence Stamp. It also adds a perfect finishing touch to things with a haunting score that, come the darkly magical finale, will have goosebumps appearing all over your arms.

Certainly not to all tastes, I can only hope that if you do choose to give this movie a viewing that you do so with an open mind and eyes and ears opened to take in every detail, nuance, fine little touch and delightful thread in a tapestry that covers a hell of a lot of ground concerning the nature of the beast inside us all.

See this if you like: Ginger Snaps, The Addiction, The Cell.

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Visually Interesting "Grown-Up" Version Of RED RIDING HOOD...

Author: EVOL666 from St. John's Abortion Clinic
9 May 2006

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

I saw this film so long ago that I forgot how cool it really is. Finally got around to watching it again (thanks Dan...) and am pretty surprised how much I enjoyed it on this second viewing. THE COMPANY OF WOLVES is a strange and visually stunning film. The story will be familiar to just about anyone, but the execution is very original...

Long-and-short: A young girl lies in bed and dreams of a dream-world where she plays the character of LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD.

COMPANY is a strange mix of childish fairy-tale, and "grown-up" material, including a few decent gore scenes, some cool werewolf transformations, and even a few boobies (and some brief full-frontal!!!). Some VERY notable performances and cameos, and the settings and costumes are top-notch. A must for werewolf fans, or those that dig off-beat horror. Recommended - 8.5/10

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* * *1/2 out of 4.

Author: Brandon L. Sites ( from USA
4 June 2002

Highly original, unpredictable, visually lush horror / fantasy is a contemporary updating of the Little Red Riding Hood story full of sexuality and frightening images. The cast is unusually good and director Jorden's direction is highly inventive. Some people complain about the film's slow pace, but I think it actually works in favor of the film. It lets things slowly and gradually enfold building layer upon layer of terror and building characterizations instead of forcing uncredible situations and other cliches upon the audience. An exceptional achievement.

Rated R; Graphic Violence.

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Author: jonathandoe_se7en
31 August 2001

The Company of wolves is one of those rare films that just refuses to work on an ordinary narrative, instead lulling the viewer into a dreamlike state, allowing us to decipher the hidden codes that are woven deep into the story. The film is basically a coming of age tale, the story of a young girl's growing sexual awareness, her fear's of men, sex and relationships. The fears of having to grow up and leave behind the innocent days of granny's stories and innocent childhood games, giving fuel to the realities of the fables. The film does become unstuck in places and the sequence with Terrence Stamp's devil seems tacked on, I couldn't find what precedence it held on the plot, but that's the point of this film. It may not be Neil Jordan's best film (in my opinion that is still The Butcher Boy (1997)), but as dreamlike fantasy goes, it stands out as a true original cult classic.


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The lost of innocence

Author: (amoreno-4) from Valladolid, Spain
22 December 2000

A little jewel. A film absolutely underrated. Mixing werewolves and Charles Perrault´s "Little Red Riding Hood", Neil Jordan narrates us a beautiful story, full of symbols, about the lost of innocence. The play of Sarah Patterson in Rosaleen´s role is superb.

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