6/26/2012

Red Riding Hood (2011)

Red Riding Hood is a dark fantasy film directed by Catherine Hardwicke, produced by Leonardo DiCaprio and starring Amanda Seyfried as the title role, from a screenplay by David Leslie Johnson. It is very loosely based on the folk tale Little Red Riding Hood collected by both Charles Perrault under the name "Le Petit Chaperon Rouge" (Little Red Riding Hood) and several decades later by the Brothers Grimm as "Rotk├Ąppchen" (Little Red Cap).

Plot: Valerie (Amanda Seyfried) is a young woman who lives in the village of Daggerhorn, on the edge of a forest plagued by a werewolf, with her parents, Cesaire (Billy Burke) and Suzette (Virginia Madsen). She is in love with the woodcutter Peter (Shiloh Fernandez), but her parents have arranged for her to marry Henry Lazar (Max Irons), son of the wealthy blacksmith Adrian Lazar (Michael Shanks). Valerie and Peter plan to run away together, only to learn that the Wolf has broken its truce not to prey on the townspeople in exchange for cattlestock sacrifices and has murdered Valerie's older sister, Lucie, whom Valerie discovers was the illegitimate daughter of Adrian, with whom Suzette had an extra-marital affair. It is also revealed that Lucie has crush on Henry.
Father August (Lukas Haas), the local preacher, calls the famous witch hunter Father Solomon (Gary Oldman) to help them, but the townspeople decide to venture into the Wolf's lair to destroy it. There they divide into groups, with one consisted of Peter, Henry and Adrian. Peter separates from them moments before the Wolf attacks and murders Adrian. However, it is cornered by the men and killed.
The following day, as the people celebrate, Father Solomon arrives and reveals that, had they killed the Wolf, it would have returned to its human form, and what they slew was a common grey wolf. He also reveals that they've entered the Blood Moon Week, an event that happens every 13 years, in which whoever is bitten by the Wolf is cursed to become one as well. Father Solomon's men, led by The Captain (Adrian Holmes), isolate Daggerhorn and begin to investigate its people in search of the wolf.

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