Thursday, March 10, 2011

Catherine Hardwicke Sees Lies, Lust in 'Red Riding Hood'

Fairytales don't always come with happiest of endings. That is hard to miss in Catherine Hardwicke's new thriller, "Little Red Riding Hood."

By the time Hardwicke's dark adaptation is done, half the villagers of a medieval hamlet are slaughtered by a terrifying wolf.

Families and young lovers are torn apart by suspicion.

And no holy man, no matter how devout, can exorcise the evil that inhabits the werewolves and locals in this sexed-up retelling produced by Hollywood superstar Leonardo DiCaprio and Warner Bros.

"When I got the script from Leonardo I was drawn in... everything revolved around secrets and lies," Hardwicke told

"I found myself suspecting everyone of being the werewolf. That appealed to me," said the 55-year-old "Twilight" director.

The fantasy world in "Red Riding Hood" was inspired by the bawdy sensuality of "The Garden of Earthly Delights," the iconic painting by 15th century artist Hieronymus Bosch.

The film's colours are rich, and the peasants are hearty and full of life.

And its heroine (Amanda Seyfried) is a busty young beauty who is engaged to one man (Max Irons) but cavorts in haystacks with another she loves (Shiloh Fernandez).

"The guys we've cast here are super hot," said Hardwicke.

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