The Company of Wolves

The Company of Wolves

Neil Jordan (1984)

18 Certificate


Our Score
Dark variations on the Little Red Riding Hood theme are adeptly explored by Crying Game director Neil Jordan, co-writing with Angela Carter, in this arresting visual treat that at times resembles a pretentious Hammer horror. Dreams within dreams build up a psychological fright mosaic, as young Sarah Patterson goes through the broadest spectrum of emotions generally known as adolescence. Angela Lansbury is in super-eccentric form as an archetypal granny ready with "Once upon a time" werewolf fairy tales. Overall, a fine exercise in art design, lyrical mood and sinister allegory.


A teenager dreams of a life in a Gothic fairy-tale world, where she is warned by her wise grandmother to beware of men with an animalistic nature. Werewolves roam the forests of this world, and a series of strange stories reveal the ways in which they tempt people to their doom. Neil Jordan's fantasy based on Angela Carter's short stories, starring Sarah Patterson and Angela Lansbury.

Cast & Crew

Rosaleen Sarah Patterson
Granny Angela Lansbury
Huntsman Micha Bergese
Young groom Stephen Rea
Young bride Kathryn Pogson
Father David Warner
Alice Georgia Slowe
The Devil Terence Stamp
Director Neil Jordan
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Palace PicturesGuidance: Contains violence.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray