Last week we saw some scans from Entertainment Weekly that featured Amanda Seyfried as the title character in Catherine Hardwicke’s latest film, Red Riding Hood. Yes, we’re talking about the same Catherine Hardwicke who directed the first Twilight movie but we shouldn’t hold that against her. Or should we? The first trailer for Red Riding Hood has been released and so has the official poster. Take a look…
The script for Red Riding Hood was written by David Leslie Johnson, who previously penned the screenplay for the horror flick Orphan. This version of Little Red Riding Hood is supposed to be a darker and more adult take on the story. Besides Seyfried, the cast includes Gary Oldman, Lukas Haas, Virginia Madsen, Billy Burke (no surprise there), Shiloh Fernandez, and Julie Christie as the grandmother.
Unfortunately, this looks like Little Red Riding Hood meets Twilight and that’s not a good combination. Besides the fact that the main character is a female who wears a red hood there aren’t that many similarities to the original story. Granted there are various incarnations of the tale but this one is definitely not one of the more mainstream versions. Are we once again finding ourselves watching a Hardwicke movie that centers on a young women in a love triangle with a possible werewolf?
Detailed Plot Synopsis:
Seyfried plays Valerie, a beautiful young woman torn between two men. She is in love with a brooding outsider, Peter (Fernandez), but her parents have arranged for her to marry the wealthy Henry (Irons). Unwilling to lose each other, Valerie and Peter are planning to run away together when they learn that Valerie’s older sister has been killed by the werewolf that prowls the dark forest surrounding their village. For years, the people have maintained an uneasy truce with the beast, offering the creature a monthly animal sacrifice. But under a blood red moon, the wolf has upped the stakes by taking a human life.
Hungry for revenge, the people call on famed werewolf hunter, Father Solomon (Oldman), to help them kill the wolf. But Solomon’s arrival brings unintended consequences as he warns that the wolf, who takes human form by day, could be any one of them. As the death toll rises with each moon, Valerie begins to suspect that the werewolf could be someone she loves. As panic grips the town, Valerie discovers that she has a unique connection to the beast–one that inexorably draws them together, making her both suspect…and bait.
What do you think of the first poster and trailer for Red Riding Hood? Are you interested in seeing the film?