Thursday, October 2, 2014

October Horror 2014: 2 - Red Riding Hood

Red Riding Hood, re-imagined as tween girl supernatural romance.  Directed by the director of Twilight and starring Amanda Seyfried, Max Irons, and Gary Oldman.

Actually the cast here has a lot of recognizable faces.  Shiloh Fernandez makes an appearance, as do Billy Burke, Lukas Haas, Michael Hogan, and Michael Shanks.  And unfortunately, at least in the case of Hogan and Shanks, act way below their ability.  Max Irons seems drunk the whole time, too.  That's not to say the movie is bad, oddly.  The sets and are really good and for all its obligatory "supernatural teen romance" tropes the story is competently put together.  Even the mystery is decent.  Gary Oldman is entertaining and wonderfully hammy.

It really seems like it was a movie that had all the potential to be a good but unremarkable lazy day movie but got kneecapped by shoehorning in a bunch of romance tropes.  Ironically what held it back quality-wise probably made it infinitely more marketable.  Though spending so much on name actors and marketing probably reduced the effects budget to the point where the CGI wolf looks pretty asstastic, but the practical work was good.

All in all, it was alright.  Better than I was expecting.

Next up: Ginger Snaps

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