Thursday, 29 April 2010

The Company of Wolves

After the disappointment of Silver Bullet I was praying that the fairytale horror “The Company of Wolves” wouldn't disappoint and my was I upheld. The Company of Wolves is the freshest take on Werewolf legends that I have ever seen. It artfully weaves the tale of Red Riding Hood and several other shorter vignettes of stories into a rich tapestry of awe and horror. Told in the form of a childs fever dream the story always feels dreamlike but in a wholly realistic way and the acting, though not great from some of our younger cast, is still excellent with the fantastic David Warner shining in the role of “Father”. Angela Lansbury is also well worth a mention, Mrs Potts and Jessica Fletcher be damned she is one effective Grandmother.vlcsnap-2010-04-28-21h12m46s111The film doesn't quickly embrace the Red Riding Hood story but rather leads up to it subtly and when the threads become clear they are truly welcome. The story keeps good momentum and music and set design are fantastic. The wolf effects are expertly realised and 26 years on still fresh and wholly original. There are several transformation scenes and each is breathtaking in its execution. The film also manages to be exceedingly creepy and sinister pushing all those spook buttons that we have had ingrained from the first moment we noticed a teddy bear “watching” us.

If i were to put a style on this film I would say is a mish-mash of Labyrinth and Legend in style but with ALL the lights turned down and the “don't scare the kiddies” stops fully removed.vlcsnap-2010-04-29-09h49m55s252My only complaints are that at times the film feels fragmented and the narrative tool of a story within a dream stretches the premise just a little too far but all this aside The Company of Wolves really is a fantastic film. If it wasn't for the likes of Pans Labyrinth its the kind of film I would be convinced had gone from the world for good.

Highly recommended.

Paul out….OWwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

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