Saturday, 27 January 2018
Red Riding Hood
Review of the horror film "Red Riding Hood" (2011) starring Julie Christie, Amanda Seyfried, Gary Oldman, Shiloh Fernandaz and Max Irons. It was directed by Catherine Hardwicke. Based on the Brothers Grimm fairytale "The Little Red Riding Hood".
I don't want to place too many spoilers and ruin it for those who haven't seen it. The film is set roughly during the Middle Ages, in a town right in the centre of an enormous forest. The scenery is breathtaking, and the sets, houses, costumes and props are absolutely impressive.
The threat of the wolf is ongoing for the people and so the priest requests outside help. Valerie is a local girl who's sister is killed by the wolf. This means that the deal made between the wolf and the people for many years was broken. Could it be because of the red moon?
Valerie is persuaded by her parents to marry the rich Henry, while she's in love with her childhood sweetheart, Peter, a wood cutter. This causes conflict between Valerie, Peter and Henry.
Meanwhile, help from outside comes in the form of Father Solomon and his knights. However, Solomon is a dangerous man, and it isn't only the wolf that he wants to kill. He wants revenge and to punish anyone who knows something about the wolf and will go as far as to kill innocent people.
Valerie is caught in the middle, while the wolf is always there ready to make itself known, and terrifies people as it appears. When hunters think they've killed the wolf, they were wrong. The wolf they killed was just a regular grey wolf. The real wolf is still alive and it's a werewolf!
This film is visually stunning. It's tense and there are scenes that are most shocking and will make you jump. It's definately the kind of film to watch late at night in the dark. I rate this 8/10.
Disappointments: None really.