“Never stray from the path, never eat a windfall apple, and never trust a man whose eyebrows meet.” “Good advice,” he said after first checking in the mirror. Join your faithful Grue-Crew – Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, Crystal Cleveland, and Jeff Mohr – as they check out maybe a more accurate telling of “Little Red Riding Hood” than you’re used to in The Company of Wolves (1984), as envisioned in three stories from The Bloody Chamber, a short story collection by Angela Carter.
Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 226 – The Company of Wolves (1984)
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A teenage girl in a country manor falls asleep while reading a magazine, and has a disturbing dream involving wolves prowling the woods below her bedroom window.
- Director: Neil Jordan
- Writers: Angela Carter & Neil Jordan (screenplay); Charles Perrault (Quotations from “Petit Chaperon Rouge”)
- Adapted from: “The Company of Wolves,” “Wolf-Alice,” and “The Werewolf” in the short story collection The Bloody Chamber (1979) by Angela Carter
- Production Design: Anton Furst
- Selected Cast:
- Sarah Patterson as Rosaleen
- Angela Lansbury as Granny
- David Warner as Father
- Tusse Silberg as Mother
- Micha Bergese as Huntsman (his first role in a feature film)
- Brian Glover as Amorous Boy’s father
- Graham Crowden as Old Priest
- Kathryn Pogson as Young Bride
- Stephen Rea as Young Groom
- Georgia Slowe as Alice, Girl Killed by Wolves
- Susan Porrett as Amorous Boy’s mother
- Shane Johnstone as Amorous Boy
- Dawn Archibald as Witch Woman
- Richard Morant as Wealthy Groom
- Danielle Dax as Wolfgirl (a non-speaking role)
- Jim Carter as Second Husband (uncredited)
- Terence Stamp as The Devil (uncredited)
The Company of Wolves is directed by Neil Jordan (The Crying Game, Interview with a Vampire) and stars Angela Lansbury, David Warner, Micha Bergese, and Sarah Patterson in her film debut. The tales woven into Jordan’s second feature film are primarily based on three werewolf stories (“The Company of Wolves,” “Wolf-Alice,” and “The Werewolf”) in Angela Carter’s short story collection The Bloody Chamber (1979).
An entirely different kind of werewolf movie, The Company of Wolves (1984) is definitely one you should consider for your must-watch list. Join the Grue-Crew as they revisit this wicked twist on fairy tales featuring Granny and Rosaleen – familiar, yet creatively original.
At the time of this writing, The Company of Wolves is available to stream from Peacock, Tubi, and Kanopy, among others. It is also available as a 4K UHD Collector’s Edition from Shout! Factory.
Every two weeks, Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1980s podcast will cover another horror film from the 1980s. The next episode’s film, chosen by Crystal, will be Vampire’s Kiss (1988). Is everyone ready for some Nicolas Cage energy?
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