Trailer Debut: Red Riding Hood

Warner Brothers has released the first trailer for Catherine Hardwicke’s Red Riding Hood, set to hit our screens in 2011. Proving werewolves and paranormal stories existed before Twilight invaded our lives, Hardwicke directs this adaptation of the classic fairytale.

Set in a medieval village plagued by a werewolf, Amanda Seyfried plays Valerie, who falls for the woodcutter Peter while her parents push her to marry the wealthy Henry. Yes it’s your typical teen love triangle, something Hardwicke is no doubt familiar with. When the werewolf kills Valerie’s sister, the village calls in werewolf hunter Father Solomon (Gary Oldman). The realisation that the werewolf could be someone from the village causes panic but Valerie discovers she has a connection to the creature.

Check out the trailer and share your thoughts below!

The trailer doesn’t make much of an impact (there we said it). It’s lacking in the ‘wow’ stakes big time. With similar sweeping landscape shots to Hardwicke’s last film Twilight, it seems comparisons are unavoidable though deserved. Hardwicke is known to be disappointed after having not been offered New Moon to direct, and in a way it seems as though she’s getting her revenge with Red Riding Hood’s werewolf.

The trailer does have a dreamy feel to it and the choice to use the period setting and not modernise is interesting, but the jarring – almost forced – dialogue we’re exposed to in the short trailer doesn’t bode well for the larger film. Perhaps the forbidden romance angle is played up to attract a certain demographic but in doing this the trailer will see many people put this film in the ‘not for me’ basket.

Red Riding Hood arrives in U.S. cinemas March 11, 2011, with an Australian release to follow.

Discuss: Do we really need a sexed-up tale of Little Red Riding Hood?

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