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Dazzling In It's Darkness

  • May 5, 2009
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.
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November 23, 2009
This wasn't bad at all. I actually liked this one when I saw it on HBO. While I do like to see gore and blood in my werewolf movies I don't mind something that tries to be different. (so long as it isn't the movie CURSEDLOL) Btw, check this one out: http://www.lunch.com/reviews/UserReview-Were...l_Events_Werewolf_.html I can't believe I didn't know about this werewolf movie...
November 24, 2009
I loved it as a kid & still do to this very day. I love that Freudian twist on Little Red Riding Hood. Sadly, I can't seem to find many werewolf films that I like anymore other than Naschy or this one. I will check out that hyperlink as well as I don't recall hearing about that one either. Thnks again as always Woo!!
May 05, 2009
WEll, I guess our gorehound is multi-faceted! I'm pleased to see that you enjoyed this under appreciated film. I thought that Stephen Rea was also perfectly cast here.
May 08, 2009
I really try to explore many different levels of Horror films. This was one of the films I watched over & over as a little kid. In fact, I think it was one of the first films I ever rented when my family bought the VHS player back in 1986. Surprisingl;y, it was ahit amongst everyone in my family & they usually aren't big horror buffs. Thanks again for the comment! I'm glad you enjoyed the film & appreciate it too. Much love.
November 23, 2009
oh, Queenie...Thrill Me!!
November 23, 2009
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I've spent years trying to make others happy & not really focusing on what's most important in my own life. Having said that, my own health & security are paramount so now I'm more … more
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