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Red Riding Hood (2011)

20 Mar

Red Riding Hood 2011

Red Riding Hood 2011

Valerie (Amanda Seyfried) is a young woman living in the small village of Daggerhorn. She is in love with the woodcutter Peter (Shiloh Fernandez), but her parents Cesaire (Billy Burke) and Suzette (Virginia Madsen) have promised wealthy blacksmith Adrian Lazar (Michael Shanks) that Valerie will marry his son Henry (Max Irons) in order to pay a debt that Cesaire has with Adrian.

An unhappy Valerie plans to run away with Peter, but their plans are put on hold when the town sirens erupt, telling the couple that the werewolf who terrorizes their village has struck again. On closer inspection of the victim, it is found to be Lucy – Valerie’s older sister. The townspeople offer a monthly sacrifice to the beast and stay away from the woods but Lucy ventured there after discovering that Valerie had been promised an engagement to Henry, whom Lucy loves.

Adrian, Henry and Peter venture into the woods with several other men to hunt the wolf and manage to behead it, but Adrian is killed in the process. While helping Suzette to embalm Adrian’s body, Valerie discovers that they once had an affair and that Lucy is actually his daughter as well as Henry’s half-sister – the reason why she couldn’t be offered to him. Valerie also discovers Cesaire is seemingly unaware of this.

The townspeople decide to celebrate the death of the Wolf, but their festivities are interrupted by the arrival of famous witch hunter Father Solomon (Gary Oldman), who reveals that the townspeople did not slaughter the real Wolf because it would have changed back into its human form if they did. He then explains that since the Wolf can be wounded by objects made of silver, he has covered the fingernails of one of his hands with it.

Still, the townspeople decide to continue the celebration. But the festivities are once again interrupted by the arrival of the real Wolf, who goes on a rampage and kills several people. It is revealed that those bitten by the creature on the night of a blood full moon shall receive the curse as well. Valerie and her friend Roxanne (Shauna Kain) are cornered by the Wolf while attempting to get to the church, as the holy ground is a place of safety. The wolf then begins speaking to Valerie in growls that she can understand – much to her surprise – in addition to having very brown eyes. When the two arrive back at the village it is shown that one of Father Solomon’s guard is still alive – though he’s been bitten by the werewolf. Despite the guard’s brother’s protest, Father Solomon kills the guard in an attempt to save the town from yet another werewolf.

The following day, Roxanne’s autistic brother is arrested by Father Solomon, who believes him to be an accomplice of the Wolf due to the frantic state in which he was found after the attack. It is shown that Roxanne’s brother is put in to a large metal elephant with a fire burning underneath it – resembling a furnace. For her brother’s release Roxanne tells Father Solomon that Valerie can communicate with the Wolf. When led to her brother later on, it’s found he’s already dead from Father Solomon’s metal elephant. Meanwhile Father Solomon captures Valerie and uses her as a bait to lure the Wolf out of hiding, but she is rescued by Peter and Henry. While Henry detaches the chains locked on to Valerie’s arms, Peter sets the tower of which Father Solomon is in on fire. In the act Peter is caught and thrown in to the elephant, though the fire is not lit underneath it. Father Solomon’s men attempt to shoot at Valerie and Henry, and, in the ensuing mayhem, the Wolf appears, killing many more and following Valerie to the church, where it burns its paw upon entering. Father Solomon attempts to kill the Wolf, but has his hand bitten off and stolen by Valerie, who hides it in a basket. Having been bitten, Father Solomon is executed. Meanwhile, Valerie becomes convinced that her Grandmother (Julie Christie) who lives in a cabin in the woods and also has very brown eyes, is the Wolf and sets to destroy her and save the village.

On the way to her grandmother’s house, Valerie meets Peter – who has a glove on his hand. He explains what happened, and how he was able to get out of the elephant, but believing him to be the wolf attempting to hide his burned paw, Valerie stabs him with a knife she hides in her shoes and takes shelter in her grandmother’s house. When she arrives, it seems as though her grandmother is acting strangely and will not reveal herself to Valerie. It is then revealed that the wolf was neither Peter nor Valerie’s grandmother, but Cesaire as he pulls back the curtains, also showing himself to have been faking her grandmother’s voice. Cesaire explains to Valerie that he needs someone to pass his gift onto, as the blood moon is almost over. He explains he originally intended for it to be Lucy, however once she saw him, she remained frightened; revealing that she could not understand him. Any offspring of a wolf would have been able to understand. Upon this revelation, Cesaire acted out of rage and killed Lucy. (This also explains why the wolf clawed Valerie’s mother and murdered Adrian). In the nick of time, Peter comes to save Valerie, as Cesaire is intent on biting her. Cesaire bites Peter before being killed by Valerie, who stabs him with Father Solomon’s severed hand, which contained the silver fingernails. Valerie and Peter dispose of Cesaire’s body and Valerie chooses to remain living in her grandmother’s house and wait for Peter, who, fully aware that he’s cursed, retreats to the wilderness in order to learn how to control his power. Many years later, as Valerie leaves her grandmother’s (now her) cabin to pick some plants, she hears a sound. Looking up, she sees the Wolf (which is Peter). She smiles as they reunite.


  • Amanda Seyfried as Valerie
  • Virginia Madsen as Suzette
  • Billy Burke as Cesaire
  • Julie Christie as Grandmother
  • Shiloh Fernandez as Peter
  • Gary Oldman as Father Solomon
  • Max Irons as Henry Lazar
  • Michael Shanks as Adrien Lazar
  • Christine Willes as Madame Lazar
  • Michael Hogan as The Reeve
  • Lukas Haas as Father August

Last March 11,2011 was the released, 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.