- Cast: Amanda Seyfried, Gary Oldman, Lukas Haas, Shiloh Fernandez, Billy Burke, Virginia Madsen, Michael Shanks, Max Irons, Julie Christie, Michael Hogan, Cainan Wiebe, Darren Shahlavi, Christine Willes, Jen Halley, Adrian Holmes, Lauro Chartrand, Kacey Rohl, Cole Heppell, Matt Ward, Carmen Lavigne, Joel Graves, Alexandria Maillot, Dalila Bela, Dj Greenburg, Karin Dreijer Andersson
- Director: Catherine Hardwicke
- Writer: David Johnson
- Producers: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Davisson Killoran, Alex Mace, Julie Yorn
- Executive Producers: Catherine Hardwicke, Michael Ireland, Jim Rowe
- Art Direction: Don Macaulay
- Castings: Michelle Allen, Ronna Kress
- Costume Design: Cindy Evans
- D.O.P.: Mandy Walker
- Editors: Nancy Richardson, Julia Wong
- Makeup: Bill Terezakis
- Music: Brian Reitzell
- Production Design: Thomas E. Sanders
- Set Decorations: Mark Tompkins, Shane Vieau
Valerie (Seyfried) is 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.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: Vancouver, Canada
- MPAA Warning: Violence and creature terror, and some sensuality
- Production Budget: $42 million
- Production Companies: Appian Way, Random Films, Warner Bros. Pictures
- Production Schedule: 21 July 2010 - 16 September 2010
2011 Guide Analysis: "Despite the numerous and often differing adaptations, no fable has really been as "sanitised" as much as this one. Let's face it, the original Charles Perrault version was the ultimate 'stranger danger' cautionary tale about a giant wolf swallowing both an old woman and a young girl and getting away with it. The Grimm version continues from that with a hunter after the creature's skin eviscerating it and finding the pair alive inside. They also chock on a mini-sequel at the end in which the old lady and the girl have been radicalised into becoming hunters themselves and cruelly lure another wolf to an agonising death by drowning it in a well.
Originally titled "The Girl with the Red Riding Hood", filmmaker Catherine Hardwicke's new take on the famed story at least doesn't pretend that being eaten alive is a fun and quirky event. Having been unceremoniously shafted off the "Twilight" franchise after delivering the first, and still the best released film thus far in that series, Hardwicke doesn't stray too far from that territory here and re-interprets the story as a dark young love-triangle fantasy tale.
The female protagonist must choose between two young and handsome suitors who both want her, and one of them could be the wolf in disguise. The boys are all rippling abs and gelled hair, the potential monster within is a blatant metaphor for emerging sexuality. The setting involves lots of trees and overcast skies, while the heroine is an indecisive and selfish idiot. It's "Twilight" in another form, the period setting and lack of morbidly obsessed female characters being among the few bits of window dressing that have been altered for the better.
The target demographic is obviously young women and despite the marketing of the film's dark tone, horror elements and metal music, guys simply aren't going to fall for it as it's still seen as a "chick flick" in most quarters. Shot in July in Vancouver, Hardwicke revealed in an interview last April some unusual elements that we get to see here from Gary Oldman improvising much of his character's background to Julie Christie in the role that Hardwicke calls "a sexy, bohemian grandmother... she’s no old granny with an old nightcap. She’s a hot, interesting grandmother." That'll really get the teenage boys fapping."