So, there’s not a lot of folklorish stuff in this page… but, I did happen to see Red Riding Hood, and, while it isn’t the best film in the world, I was impressed with the mixture of original mythology made for the film, coupled with normal folklore and fairytale. Some details are subtle… for instance, the female lead, Valerie, wears a wolf fang pendant, a talisman that was worn by the Irish at one time, and, according to Pliny, held a number of magical properties. They referenced fairytales the Big bad Wolf appears in aside from Little Red Riding Hood, like Peter and the Wolf, The Three Little Pigs, and The Wolf and the Seven Kids… If I wanted to really stretch it, I could see a little of The Wolf and The Lamb in it too. In addition, they practically retell a classic old werewolf tale from the Auvergne region of France. They even bring in a reimagining of the Brazen Bull, which, while gruesome, is interesting. Some folks definitely did some thinking and research.
In addition, the sets of the film were beautifully detailed. The buildings were all characters in and of themselves, each with unique qualities, especially Grandma’s House. I want to live in a place that looks like that, to be honest, woods and all. The costumes were all really nifty (I like that they put arm holes in her cloak, so it could surround her better and leave her arms free for acting), and the dance they have in the village is an interesting mix of formal, medieval styled dancing, and something more akin to a rave.
However, I’m sure what you all are wondering about is the werewolf. Personally? I like it. Big fangs and paws and fur… and such big eyes. I would have loved more screentime, but I was happy with what I got.
Is it great cinema? No. But as werewolf films go, it’s leaps and bounds over flicks like Bloodz vs Wolves<, or Werewolves on Wheels. I say, give it a shot if you have time.