Red Riding Hood(2011)
Amanda Seyfried (Mamma Mia) and Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight) star in this romantic horror, inspired by the famous fairy tale. From the director of Twilight.... More
Valerie (Seyfried) is a young beauty torn between two men. She's in love with brooding outsider, Peter (Shiloh Fernandez, Skateland), but her parents have arranged for her to marry the wealthy Henry (Max Irons, Dorian Gray). Valerie and Peter are planning to run away when Valerie's sister is killed by a werewolf – a beast that prowls the dark forest surrounding the village.
For years, a truce has been maintained with the werewolf with the townsfolk offering it a monthly animal sacrifice. But under a blood red moon, the wolf has upped the stakes by taking a human life. Hungry for revenge, the people call on famed werewolf hunter, Father Solomon (Oldman). His arrival brings unintended consequences as he warns that the wolf, who takes human form by day, could be any one of them. The death toll rises and Valerie discovers a connection with the beat, one that draws them close, making her both suspect and bait...Hide
BY Flicks Writer
Once upon a time, there lived a film director who really needed to find a new theme to mangle. Having directed the first film of the ubiquitous Twilight quartet, Catherine Hardwicke is clearly cashing in on the phenomenon’s angst-fest. She centres Red Riding Hood on star-crossed lovers Valerie (Amanda Seyfried) and the friendly neighbourhood woodcutter, Peter (Shiloh Fernandez). The dialogue is full of Twilight-esque gems such as “I’m wrong for you” and “I’m going to eat you up.”... More
The fairytale village erupts into paranoia when witch-come-werewolf hunter Father Solomon reveals that a werewolf is hiding among them. Neighbour turns on neighbour. The mist machine goes into overdrive. Meanwhile, Peter tragically but stoically suffers from an excess of hair gel. My, what big hair you have! When the wolf speaks to Valerie, she realises that he must be someone close to her although she is unable to guess his identity. The only thing that really kept me guessing was the fact that the wolf has a British accent when all the villagers seem to hail from Orange County.
Seyfried does her best with the terrible dialogue. She certainly has a very compelling presence and the images of her running across the snow in her long red cloak are mesmerising. Hardwicke’s use of modern music and accents works fairly well, recalling Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette. However, Red Riding Hood lacks Coppola’s style and humour. A little less angst and some decent dialogue would have made the film easier to swallow, for hungry wolves and viewers alike.Hide
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BY JayC4Shaw superstar
One Word: Pointless.
Mostly shot in dark and the only glimpse of hope for the movie to MAKE something of itself and it suddenly ends - to leave the ending up to your imagination. WHich is pointless really as the lead up doesn't build up any sort of suspense to make the cut off at all dramatic. I just got pissed off really.
BY el_bad grader
It's a shame that this movie turned out so badly, because I think a really good story could have been made from the red riding hood tale. If not for the lazy-ass film-making, this might've been an exciting movie full of suspense, passion, intelligent plot twists and decent dialogue. And authenticity!Hide
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