In recent years, dark reinterpretations of popular fairy tales have become particularly popular in the cinema. A title like Snow White and the huntsman in fact, he established himself with great success, giving the famous story much of its original gothic charm. Before that film, however, in 2011 another work belonging to this vein had already arrived at the cinema, with an equally popular protagonist. It’s about Little Red Riding Hood in Blood Red Riding Hood (here the review). Directed by Catherine Hardwickeformer director of Twilight, the film is therefore configured as a fantasy horror with elements of a sentimental film. Genres that the original story already contains well within it.
However, the film is not a faithful transposition, but a free reinterpretation of the famous folk tale handed down by Charles Perrault and brothers Grimm. Produced by Leonardo Dicaprio and from its Appian Way, the feature film is in fact a gothic reinvention of the story, where feelings of fear and love are accentuated. Thus was born a story that between werewolves, gloomy woods and a young teenager has been described as a bizarre cross between Twilight And Shutter Island. The film went on to become a smash hit, earning over $90 million worldwide.
This has naturally reinvigorated this strand of film, of which however Blood Red Riding Hood remains an unsurpassed progenitor. What makes it particularly interesting is its atmosphere, a series of surprising twists and its mix of genres. Before embarking on a vision of the film, however, it will certainly be useful to delve into some of the main curiosities related to this. Continuing here in the reading it will in fact be possible to find further details relating to the plotto the cast of actors and to his most beautiful sentences. Finally, the main ones will also be listed streaming platforms containing the film in their catalogue.
Blood Red Riding Hood: the plot of the movie
The film tells the story of Valerie, a beautiful young woman contested by two men. She is in love with Peterbut her family arranged for her to marry the wealthy Harry. The two, unwilling to give up their love, decide to flee, but the death of Valerie’s sister at the hands of a werewolf that roams the forest around their village puts their plan in serious difficulty. For years the villagers have maintained a truce with the beast, offering an animal sacrifice every month. But with the arrival of the Red Moon, the wolf raises the stakes, demanding a human sacrifice.
In desperation, the village people call the werewolf hunter, Father Soloman, hoping to be able to get rid of the curse. But the priest’s arrival brings unforeseen consequences. In fact, the hunter reveals that the wolf, during the day, takes on human form and that therefore every single citizen of the place could be the beast. As such revelations come to light, Valerie comes across the wolf personally, discovering the ability to speak with him. In an attempt to understand the beast and, perhaps, save it, the young woman will understand that someone very dear to her is hiding under her fur.
Blood Red Riding Hood: the cast of the film
The producers’ first choice for the role of Valerie, the lead in the film, was the actress Amanda Seyfried. Made famous thanks to the film Mom My!, this was in fact considered perfect for a role that required innocence but also great character and inner strength. The actress, enthusiastic about the story and her character, later confirmed her participation. For her interpretation, Seyfried then gained further popularity and recognition. For the role of the woodcutter Peter was originally considered Taylor Lautnerof the saga of Twilightbut was ultimately preferred Shiloh Fernandezrecently seen in the TV series Euphoriawho distinguished himself at the auditions for his charm and intensity in acting.
Fernandez had been shortlisted for the role of Edward Cullen in Twilightbut didn’t get the part. However, the director remembered him and decided to call him for the role of Peter in this film. In the role of Henry, Valerie’s betrothed, there is instead the actor Max Ironswhile Lukas Haas it is Father Auguste, the one who will call the hunter to save the community from the wolf. And to interpret the hunter Father Solomon there is the Oscar winner Gary Oldman, who was able to compete with a type of role new to him. The famous Oscar-winning actress Julie Christie instead, she is present in the role of Valerie’s grandmother, from whom the young woman will take refuge. Virginia Madsen is instead Suzette, mother of the protagonist, while Billy Burke it is the father Cesaire.
Blood Red Riding Hood: the trailer and where to see the film in streaming and on TV
While waiting to see the sequels, it is possible to enjoy the film thanks to its presence on some of the most popular streaming platforms on the net today. Blood Red Riding Hood it is in fact available in the catalogs of Rakuten TV, Chili Cinema, Google Play, Apple iTunes, Netflix, Tim Vision and Amazon Prime Video. To see it, once the reference platform has been chosen, it will be enough to rent the single film or subscribe to a general subscription. In this way you will be able to watch it in total comfort and at the best video quality. It should be noted that in the case of rental, there will only be a given time limit within which to view the title. The film is also present in the television schedule of Friday 25 November at 21:00 On the canal 20 Mediaset.