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Friday, 6 July 2018

The Company of Wolves

"The Company of Wolves" (1984) is a supernatural horror film directed by Neil Jordan and based on a story by Angela Carter from the book "The Bloody Chamber". It stars Angela Lansbury, David Warner, Sarah Patterson and Micha Bergese. The script was co written by Neil Jordan and author Angela Carter.
The film itself was low budget although full of atmospheric moodiness. A small village in a dark forest set in the 18th Century. Special effects not needed here anyway as it wove a creepy tale. The film has a story but short stories contained within. The gore rate is low and it's possible that it makes up for the blood with violence and symbolism. For instance, grandmother's decapitated head was made of porcelain.
The little cryptic scenes of a frog sat on the dead sister's coffin, a hedgehog under the bed and stone babies hatched from birds eggs is a form of hidden message and not a direct part of the story. It means a lot of arty stuff. Angela Lansbury came across as the creepy grandmother telling frightening stories. The huntsman is... no sorry, I wont spoil it.
I rate this movie a 7/10.
The funniest part is seeing all those dogs dressed up in the wedding pavillion!
Howls ^^

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