Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Classics Under 250: The Company of Wolves

I started watching The Company of Wolves at 4 a.m. on Sunday night merely for the comforting 80’s nostalgia I knew I’d receive from it. But within the first ten minutes, this little known film made my list of top horror/fantasy films. Neil Jordan (best known for The Crying Game and Interview With a Vampire) directed this one of few haunting ruminations on fairy tales, reminding the viewer how terrifying and deeply rooted they are in our Freudian psyches.

The film begins with a modern girl (Sarah Patterson) asleep and feverish in bed. As she tosses and turns, we quickly follow her into a deep dream world filled with interesting twists on the classic wolf-centric fairy tales we all know and love, especially focused on the tale of Little Red Riding Hood. Angela Lansbury acts as the film’s main narrator, playing the role of the girl’s proverbial granny that meets a foul end via a wily wolf.

The film isn’t exactly linear, not far from my other favorite surreal 80’s offerings from the likes of Cronenberg or Lynch, but also contains some of the best man to wolf transformations I’ve seen yet. They are, realistic, disgusting, and horrifying, a far cry from the overly CGIed manwolves we can expect from the upcoming New Moon. Again, Jordan proves why he’s one of our greatest directors, and reminds us just how scary the big bad wolf really is.

5 out of 5

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