The Company of Wolves (1984) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Company of Wolves1984

The Company of Wolves (1984)




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After hearing her grandmother's stories about dangerous men, a 13-year-old girl has nightmares that transform her into Little Red Riding Hood.

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Graham Crowden
as Old Priest
Brian Glover
as Amorous Boy's Father
Kathryn Pogson
as Young Bride
Stephen Rea
as Young Groom
Micha Bergese
as Huntsman
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 Wolf Girl
Roy Evans
as Eyepatch
Edward Marksen
as Lame Fiddler
Jimmy Brown
as Blind Fiddler
Terence Stamp
as The Devil (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for The Company of Wolves

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (1)

It is not a children's film and it is not an exploitation film; it is a disturbing and stylish attempt to collect some of the nightmares that lie beneath the surface of "Little Red Riding Hood."

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Jordan was not afraid to take a genre that was already rubbing its tired, oozing eyes and spin it like a top, making something disarmingly original, a dark wonder of a picture.

May 23, 2020 | Full Review…

Once the initial narrative turbulence passes The Company of Wolves emerges as an innovative and memorable fantasy spectacle

July 2, 2019 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Strange and haunting, but unduly disjointed.

February 6, 2003 | Rating: 2/5

Red Riding Hood has always been a good source for nightmares, and this is one of the more compelling of those bad dreams

January 22, 2003 | Rating: 4/5

Neil Jordan's unsettling spin on the old Red Riding Hood themes.

July 25, 2002 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for The Company of Wolves


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An adolescent girl dreams of a fairytale world inhabited by werewolves in this Gothic horror reinterpretation of the Red Hiding Hood story by Neil Jordan. The Company Of Wolves is loaded with metaphors and sexual symbolism, featuring snakes, hedgehogs, girls climbing tall trees and pure whites tainted by blood reds at every turn. Visually it has been rather influential; Tim Burton is clearly a fan and Ridley Scott's Legend owes a great debt to Jordan's vision. Some of the effects have not dated so well but the elaborate studio bound sets still look good and there are striking images throughout. Unfortunately the plot is little more than a montage of stories within stories that lack any kind of narrative coherence which failed to engage me in any way beyond an intellectual level. An interesting rather than entertaining film that is soaked in atmosphere but lacks the required structure to hang it upon.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer


I was really excited for the old skool special effects, but the lack of interesting story finally caught up with it by the end.

Curtis Lilly
Curtis Lilly

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