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A twisted take on 'Little Red Riding Hood' with a teenage juvenile delinquent on the run from a social worker traveling to her grandmother's house and being hounded by a charming, but sadistic, serial killer/pedophile.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cop #1
Cop #2
Ben Meyerson ...
Cop at Truckstop
Cop #3
G. Eric Miles ...
Cop #4
Detective Mike Breer
Chris Renna ...
ER Nurse
Female Anchor
Kitty Fox ...
Naomi Frohlegger - Grandma


Little Red Riding Hood for the 1990's: After her mom and step-dad are arrested, 15-year-old Vanessa Lutz decides that instead of once again being put into a foster home, she'd rather go and search for the grandmother she's never met, and live with her. "On the way to grandma's house," (actually a trailer park) Vanessa's car breaks down, and she's picked up from the side of the road by Bob Wolverton, a counselor at a school for troubled boys. Bob slowly earns Vanessa's trust, and eventually convinces her to talk about her sexual abuse at the hands of her stepfather. When Vanessa realizes that Bob is enjoying what she's saying, she realizes that he's "The I-5 Killer," from the news. She tries to get out of his truck, but the inside door handle has been removed... Written by Daniel Aubrey White <>

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Her life is no fairy tale. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong lurid violence and sexual dialogue, some sexual situations, drug content and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

3 September 1997 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Sin salida  »

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Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Early in the film Vanessa (Reese Witherspoon) is watching television and briefly stops at a Little Red Riding Hood cartoon. Freeway is based on Little Red Riding Hood. See more »


When entering her Grandmother's trailer park, Vanessa's shadow on the ground is long, but as she turns a corner, her shadow becomes very short, indicating a different time of the day. See more »


Vanessa: Well you don't have to worry about him anymore. I took care of him.
Detective Garnet Wallace: Mr. Wolverton is in critical condition, but he's not dead.
Vanessa: [smiles] Oh, yeah right. I shot him so many times.
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Crazy Credits

The beginning credits play over a series of color drawings (in a style similar to cartoonist Robert Crumb) in a hip retelling of the Little Red Riding Hood story. See more »


References Deliverance (1972) See more »


Written and Performed by Sam Phipps
Published by Sam Phipps' Music
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Extreme but fascinating
29 May 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Teenaged Vanessa Lutz (Reese Witherspoon) is illiterate and has a VIOLENT temper. Her prostitute mother has just been jailed so she tries to get to her grandmother. She's picked up by Bob Wolveton (Kiefer Sutherland) who might be a mass murderer...

Film begins and ends like a very perverse version of "Little Red Riding Hood". The middle has Witherspoon trying to get to her grandmothers. The film is VERY VERY violent with virtual non-stop swearing and plenty of sexual talk thrown in. How it got by with an R rating is beyond me. Still, I love it. What the point of this is I don't know, but it's unlike any other film I've ever seen. It's not afraid to push over the limit of good taste and is never dull. Also the acting is just great. Witherspoon attacks her role full force and is just astounding. Sutherland is equally good as the wolf (Wolveton--get it?) and the supporting cast is full of talented actors (Amanda Plummer, Michael T. Weiss, Dan Hedaya) all doing great.

An undiscovered little gem. But be warned--the violence and language is more than a little extreme. NOT for the squeamish.

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