Long before Tim Burton released his beloved Sleepy Hollow and just on year before Silver Bullet, Neil Jordan had released his little known but divine masterpiece which most of us have perhaps forgotten over the years.
Let's get a few things straight before we begin though. This is not one of the cutesy, cool horror films like Scream which will have teenagers bouncing off the wall nor is Company a gentle fairytale for the younger audience. Neil Jordan has fabricated a vivid but nightmarish, atmospheric drama which literally takes a wicked twist on the classic Little Red Riding Hood story.
What not to like? Angela Lansbury is wonderful as always but our young actress Sarah Patterson also makes a splendid young Rosaleen dressed in soft red wool. In comparison to most horror films, this wonderful piece of art is perhaps less gory but nevertheless still has the power to haunt and provoke while holding you breathless in it's beauty. Imagine your favorite classic horror films and what they might've been like with a bit more fantasy or perhaps had they been a bit more visual.
While the film has no explicit sex, it's evident throughout the whole film that director Neil Jordan had orignally intended to make a movie which would completely explore the mysterious relationships between man and woman. He clearly identifies strengths, weaknesses, fears, and longing as if he were a psychology teacher and we were the students. Perhaps this is the most intellectual werewolf flick ever made and it's release on DVD is long overdue. Many kudos to Hen's Tooth for seeing fit to bring this wonderful film back into our lives on DVD.