The Company of Wolves (1984) Horror Movie Review
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The Company of Wolves (1984) is a British fantasy horror movie that was filmed in Shepperton Studios, Shepperton, Surrey, England, UK and in Victory Cross, Burnham Beeches, Buckinghamshire, England, UK. Director and co-writer Neil Jordan (The End of the Affair (1999), The Crying Game (1992), Michael Collins (1996)) is experienced in his field, and it shows through his movies. The Company of Wolves contains brief nudity, sexual references, violence, suspense, frightening scenes and thrills.
The movie is basically about a dream that young Rosaleen (Sarah Patterson - Do I Love You? (2002), Tick Tock Lullaby (2007), Snow White (1984)) has when she fell asleep from reading a magazine. Rosaleen dreams all sorts of dreams about her family. She dreamt that her sister Alice (Georgia Slowe - Emmerdale (1972), Black Arrow (1985), Lab Rats (2010)) is killed by wolves when her family was living in a fairytale forest. Rosaleen then went to live with her superstitious grandmother (Angela Lansbury - Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971), The Manchurian Candidate (1962), Murder, She Wrote (1984)) while her parents are grieving over her dead sister. Her grandmother then knitted a red shawl for Rosaleen and warned her to stay far away from men who have eyebrows that meet. Rosaleen soon leaves her grandmother to return home to her parents. During her walk home, she met a boy (Shane Johnstone) who walked with her through the forest. The boy discovered that the wolf had attacked the cattle. The villagers were shocked when they found the wolf and cut off its head - it turned human.
Rosaleen returns to the forest to take a basket of treats for her grandmother and meets a handsome huntsman (Micha Bergese - Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994), Best (2000), Zina (1985)) whose eyebrows meet. Rosaleen fell into his trap and agreed to race him to see who is going to reach her grandmother’s cottage first. Is the huntsman a bad guy that Rosaleen is head over heels for? Will the huntsman, Rosaleen or the grandmother die? This movie reminds me of Little Red Riding Hood. I have only touched on the beginning of the movie so, please watch the movie to find out what happens. I recommend this to all fans who like horror and fantasy mixed in together. The movie is a unique, original, intelligent movie that was made well and has to be viewed with an open mind to be appreciated. I love the graphic transformation scenes and the settings. The storyline was wonderfully done as well, see the movie!!!
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.
About The Company of Wolves (1984)
Starring: David Warner, Terence Stamp, Jim Carter, Brian Glover, Stephen Rea, Jim Brown, Ruby Buchanan, Jimmy Gardner, Roy Evans, Graham Crowden, Tusse Silberg, Micha Bergese, Danielle Dax, Vincent McClaren, Angela Lansbury, Edward Marksen, Kathryn Pogson, Sarah Patterson, Georgia Slowe, Susan Porrett, Shane Johnstone, Dawn Archibald, Richard Morant
Runtime: 95 minutes
Director: Neil Jordan
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