The Company Of Wolves was a collaboration between director Neil Jordan (Interview With A Vampire, The Crying Game) and author Angela Carter.
The film is based on Carter's short story “The Bloody Chamber” which is in turn based upon “Little Red Riding Hood”. This isn't the fairy tale you imagined as a child however, but instead a dark, menacing, sexual vision of gothic horror at it's finest.
The movie poster stands apart as one of the most identifiable in the annals of horror, with the wolf snout pushing through the open mouth and this isn't the scary movie you're looking for but if surrealistic dream sequences and Victorian themed horror are your bag then The Company Of Wolves certainly delivers. It could have easily been a Hammer Films Production from it's look and stylization and has long been a favored classic in my personal horror library.
The Blu Ray offers few extras but looks crisp and clear with good sound. It's refreshing to see such an inventive and dark fairytale with such an obviously small budget. My main complaint with this film is that some of the wolves in the film are so obviously NOT wolves that it takes away from a few otherwise beautiful sequences. I mean a german shephard, whether in dream or reality would never be mistaken for a wolf. So the so called wolf pack aside in a few short scenes can be forgiven by the otherwise fine acting and storytelling. Some of the transformations are definitely on a budget, but for the time and funds available were quite resourceful and entertaining none the less.
Mr. Dark gives The Company Of Wolves a 4 out of 5
Do yourself a favor and check out this little known gem of gothic horror.
Remember that the worst wolves are hairy on the inside.
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