Thursday, March 10, 2011

Red Riding Hood: 9 Films That Twisted the Fairytale

Red Riding Hood (2011)
Catherine Hardwicke (Thirteen, Twilight) gives the fairytale a murder-mystery twist in her new PG-13 adaptation, pushing the sexual undertones of her heroine’s (Amanda Seyfried) erotic awakening more through visuals than story. Take the promotional image above: Teenager Valerie’s crimson cloak bleeds metaphorically into the stark white snow, while in the film her virginal innocence is tainted by her lust/love for the town bad boy (Shiloh Fernandez) and tested by the mysterious creature running rampant in her small village. Red Riding Hood ain’t little any more.

Freeway (1996)
Reese Witherspoon is Vanessa, a young delinquent teen on the run from Los Angeles to Stockton – to Grandmother’s house – who gets mixed up with a skeevy serial killer (Kiefer Sutherland) named Bob Wolverton. 
The Company of Wolves (1984)
Neil Jordan’s adaptation of Angela Carter’s short story takes an overtly sexy approach to the classic fairytale: Rosaleen (Sarah Patterson) is warned about the kinds of men to avoid, but she just can’t resist the charming Huntsman (Micha Bergese) she meets in the woods one day. He turns out to be a werewolf who eats poor Grandmother, and still Rosaleen finds herself drawn to him as his mate, the clearest depiction of the good girl-bad boy attraction in the history of the Little Red Riding Hood tale to date. 

Check out all 9 here.

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