Red Riding Hood: Believe the Legend, Beware the Wolf

2011 brings audiences a breathtaking vision of a 700-year-old legend in the new, romantic fantasy thriller “Red Riding Hood”. “Twilight” director Catherine Hardwicke is at the helm while the film features an ensemble cast, led by Amanda Seyfried, Gary Oldman, Shiloh Fernandez and Max Irons. In “Red Riding Hood,” Valerie (Amanda Seyfried), a beautiful young woman torn between two men. She is in love with a brooding outsider, Peter (Shiloh Fernandez), but her parents have arranged for her to marry the wealthy Henry (Max 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. Read on to find out more about the film and catch the second trailer of "Red Riding Hood" after the jump.

"When fairytales were first written, they were so much darker," says Amanda Seyfried whose first exposure to such tales was as a child listening to recordings on her tape deck. "Over time, they became more prudish in a way, taking the danger and sexuality out of the stories." But as exemplified by Valerie, a lusty medieval lass caught in a love triangle between her wealthy intended and a bad-boy woodsman as well as sharing a strange bond with a werewolf that is terrorizing her village, Seyfried promises, "We are throwing all the sex and danger back in."

Many have commented on the similarity to “Twilight,” not surprising since Hardwicke steered that franchise's 2008 original. But the director notes there is a major difference with her gothic horror fantasy: It is also a suspense thriller, since the human identity of the murderous beast remains secret until the end. As Hardwicke concludes, "Solving the mystery is a huge driving force of the movie."

Opening soon across the Philippines and scheduled for a March 11 release date in the United States, “Red Riding Hood” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.
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