The thriller drama “Red Riding Hood” from Warner Bros. was directed by Catherine Hardwicke with the screenplay by David Johnson. Starring Amanda Seyfried, Shiloh Fernandez, Max Irons, Julie Christie, Gary Oldman, Lukas Haas, Virginia Madsen and Billy Burke.
Based on the classic fairy tale and incorporating the legend of the werewolf in this version of the story, the main character of Red Riding Hood is named Valerie (Amanda Seyfried). The daughter of one of the village’s prominent families, Valerie is a beautiful young woman going through a personal crisis. Her parents have promised her in marriage to Henry (Max Irons) one of the wealthiest men in the town but her heart is drawn to the mysterious loner Peter (Shiloh Fernandez). Although both Valerie and Peter are aware of the consequences, they cannot bear the idea of being apart and decide to run away and marry.
But their plans to leave are set back when Valerie’s older sister is killed by the werewolf that roams the forest that surrounds the village. Everyone in the village is aware of the beast and has managed to keep the residents of the village safe by offering animals as a sacrifice to it every month. But the phase of moon has changed to “blood red” and now the wolf wants more than a farm animal to spare wreaking havoc on the village; the beast wants a human sacrifice.
Enraged at the death of one of their own, the townspeople decide that it’s time to be rid of the werewolf and send word to the famous werewolf hunter, Father Solomon (Gary Oldman). But Father Solomon warns the people of the town that in order to kill the wolf, they may have to kill one of their neighbors because the wolf takes on human form by day. With each moon the death toll increases, causing panic and fear to rises with everyone under suspicion.
Meanwhile the drama between Valerie, Peter and Henry has also intensified as the battle for love continues; but now Valerie has become more confused because she suspects that the werewolf could the man she loves. After she comes face to face with the beast, instead of fear she was drawn to the beast and instead of attacking her, the werewolf allowed her to remain alive. When it’s discovered that the werewolf did not harm her, Father Solomon decides to use Valerie as bait to capture and destroy the beast forever.