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Red Riding Hood is a 2011 American romantic horror film directed by Catherine Hardwicke, and produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, from a screenplay by David Leslie Johnson. The film is very loosely based on the folk tale Little Red Riding Hood collected by both Charles Perrault under the name Le Petit Chaperon Rouge (Little Red Riding Hood) and several decades later by the Brothers Grimm as Rotkäppchen (Little Red Cap). It stars Amanda Seyfried as the title role, with Gary Oldman, Billy Burke, Shiloh Fernandez, Max Irons, Virginia Madsen, Lukas Haas and Julie Christie in supporting roles.

Red Riding Hood had its world premiere at Hollywood on March 7, 2011, and was theatrically released on March 11, 2011, by Warner Bros. Pictures. The film received generally negative reviews from critics, with praise for Seyfried s performance but criticism for its plot. It grossed over $89 million worldwide against a $42 million budget.


Valerie lives with her parents, Cesaire and Suzette, and older sister Lucie in the village of Daggerhorn, on the edge of a forest plagued by a werewolf. She is in love with the woodcutter and childhood friend Peter, but her parents arrange for her to marry Henry, son of the wealthy blacksmith Adrien Lazar. Valerie and Peter plan to elope, only to learn the Wolf has broken its truce not to prey on the townspeople and murdered Lucie.

The preacher Father Auguste calls upon the famous witch hunter Father Solomon for help, but the townspeople decide to venture into the Wolf s lair. As the village celebrates, Father Solomon declares that the slain animal is a common grey wolf, as the true werewolf would have reverted to human form. Father Solomon s men isolate Daggerhorn and investigate the villagers to find out the Wolf s identity. That night, the Wolf attacks, and the townspeople shelter in the church while Valerie and her friend Roxanne search for Roxanne s autistic brother, Claude. Cornered by the beast, Valerie discovers she is able to understand the Wolf, who threatens to kill Roxanne and destroy the village if Valerie does not leave with him. The Wolf escapes, vowing to return for Valerie s decision.

The next day, Claude is captured and killed by Father Solomon s men for supposedly practicing black magic. Roxanne reveals that Valerie is able to communicate with the Wolf. Believing Valerie is also a witch, Father Solomon displays her in the town square to lure the Wolf. Henry and Peter help Valerie escape. Henry brings Valerie to the church, where the Wolf bites off Father Solomon s hand with silver-coated fingernails. The villagers shield Valerie from the Wolf, who is again forced to flee after burning its right paw on the church s holy ground. Since Father Solomon has been bitten by the Wolf, the Captain has no choice but to kill him.

Valerie dreams that the Wolf is her grandmother, and rushes to her nearby cabin, where she finds her grandmother dead and discovers that her father, Cesaire, is the Wolf. He reveals the curse was passed to him by his own father and he intended to leave the village with his children, having killed Lucie after realizing she could not understand him in wolf form and realizing Suzette had conceived her through an affair with Adrien. He asks Valerie to accept the curse, but she refuses. Peter appears and Cesaire bites him and throws him aside. Peter throws an axe into Cesaire s back, allowing Valerie to kill her father. Valerie and Peter fill Cesaire s body with rocks and dump him in the lake in order to protect the secret from the villagers. Peter departs, vowing to return when he has learned to control the curse. Valerie says she will wait for him, and watches him depart.

In the next few years, Daggerhorn returns to normal; despite Cesaire s death, the people continue to sacrifice livestock to the werewolf, fearful of its return and not knowing it has been killed, while Suzette realizes Cesaire is never coming back, though she remains unaware that Valerie killed him. Henry becomes the next witch hunter, succeeding Father Solomon and becoming a highly honorable man, while Valerie chooses to live in the forest on her own, having become disillusioned with living in Daggerhorn. Finally, one night, Valerie hears something in the woods outside her grandmother s former house that she has moved into. She is then greeted by Peter, transformed into a werewolf and in full control of his abilities, when he returns to be with her. In the ending of the alternate cut, when Valerie sees Peter upon his return, she is holding their baby.


  • Amanda Seyfried as Valerie Megan Charpentier as young Valerie
  • Megan Charpentier as young Valerie
  • Virginia Madsen as Suzette
  • Billy Burke as Cesaire
  • Julie Christie as Grandmother
  • Shiloh Fernandez as Peter DJ Greenburg as young Peter
  • DJ Greenburg as young Peter
  • Max Irons as Henry Lazar
  • Gary Oldman as Father Solomon
  • Michael Shanks as Adrien Lazar
  • Christine Willes as Madame Lazar
  • Adrian Holmes as the Captain
  • Michael Hogan as The Reeve
  • Lukas Haas as Father Auguste
  • Alexandria Maillot as Lucie
  • Shauna Kain as Roxanne
  • Kacey Rohl as Prudence
  • Carmen Lavigne as Rose
  • Jennifer Halley as Marguerite
  • Archie Rice as the voice of The Wolf


Under Appian Way Productions, Leonardo DiCaprio, Michael Ireland, Jennifer Davisson Killoran, Alex Mace, and Julie Yorn produced the film. Early into production, the film was originally titled The Girl with the Red Riding Hood. Due to the fact that Seyfried did not like Fernandez based on a previous encounter at a dinner party, director Catherine Hardwicke had to persuade the actress to give the actor a chance. Principal photography took place in Vancouver from July 21 to September 16, 2010.


The original release date, set for April 22, 2011, was moved to March 11, 2011. Red Riding Hood grossed $14,005,335 in ticket sales over the opening weekend, placing at number #3, behind Battle: Los Angeles and Rango. At the end of its run in 2011, the film grossed $37,662,162 in the United States and Canada, and grossed $51,500,000 internationally for a worldwide total of $89,162,162.


Red Riding Hood has a 10% approval rating at review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes based on 208 reviews, with an average score of 3.75/10. The site s critical consensus reads, Amanda Seyfried is magnetic in Red Riding Hood s starring role, but she s let down by her uninspired leading men and a painfully clichéd script. Metacritic calculated a score of 29 out of 100 based on the opinions of 36 critics, indicating generally unfavorable reviews .

USA Today complimented the production design, but wrote that, it s a foolish story, marred by a strange blend of overacting and bland, offhand performances. Roger Ebert gave the film one star out of four, stating it is a movie that cross-pollinates the Twilight formula with a werewolf and a girl who always wears a red-hooded cape, although I don t recall her doing any riding… it has the added inconvenience of being serious about a plot so preposterous, it demands to be filmed by Monty Python.

Mary Pols of Time magazine named it one of the 10 worst films of 2011.


The teaser trailer and the poster were released in November 2010, featuring The Wolf , a new song written exclusively for the film by Swedish act Fever Ray.

The second trailer was released in January 2011, featuring The Hand That Feeds by Nine Inch Nails.

The novelization by Sarah Blakley-Cartwright received criticism for not including the story s final, concluding chapter, which instead was only made available for download online following the release of the film.


Some additional songs from the film are not featured on the official soundtrack:

  • Fire Walking – Anthony Gonzalez and Brian Reitzell
  • Let’s Start an Orchestra – Ken Andrews and Brian Reitzell
  • Ozu Choral – Brian Reitzell
  • Piano Study No. 1 (Symphonic) – Brian Reitzell

Year 2011
ReleaseDate 2011-03-11
RuntimeMins 100
RuntimeStr 1h 40min
Plot Set in a medieval village that is haunted by a werewolf, a young girl falls for an orphaned woodcutter, much to her family’s displeasure.
Awards Awards, 5 nominations
Directors Catherine Hardwicke
Writers David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick
Stars Amanda Seyfried, Lukas Haas, Gary Oldman
Produced by Jennifer Davisson,Leonardo DiCaprio,Catherine Hardwicke,Michael Ireland,Alex Mace,Jim Rowe,Julie Yorn
Music by Alex Heffes,Brian Reitzell
Cinematography by Mandy Walker
Film Editing by Nancy Richardson,Julia Wong
Casting By Ronna Kress
Production Design by Thomas E. Sanders
Art Direction by Sahby Mehalla
Set Decoration by Shane Vieau,Mark Tompkins
Costume Design by Cindy Evans
Makeup Department Diane Holme,Tanya Hudson,Monica Huppert,Alla Kornilov,Raj Mariathason,Sharon Markell,Julie McHaffie,Sharon Mosley,Frida Norrman,Roy Sidick,Bill Terezakis,Yvonne Cox,Céline Godeau,Shelagh McIvor,Michael Nickiforek,Justin Stafford,Vicki Syskakis
Production Management Christy Dimmig,Brendan Ferguson,Colleen Mitchell,Jim Rowe,Bill Draper,Elizabeth Miller Gavcus
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Paul Barry,Misha Bukowski,Andy Cheng,David Klohn,Paula S. Kyan,Philip Nee Nee,Tracey Poirier,Rhonda Taylor,Brian Sepanzyk
Art Department Cal Barnett,Wayne Berarducci,David Stanley Brand,Katharina Brand,John Burke,Michael Church,Jason Claridge,Sharon Dever,Hoka Duquette,Mike Elizalde,Glenn Foerster,Mark Francis,Brent Gloeckler,Liz Goldwyn,Trevor Goring,David Hadaway,Irene Hardwicke Olivier,Leigh Harrington,Catherine Ircha,Jon Jarema,Ken Laderoute,Cody Larson,Ken LaTour,Sergio Lavilla,Charles Leitrants,Vladimir Lushnikov,Marilyn May McKay,Morag McLean,J.J. Mestinsek,Sebastian Meyer,Jay Mitchell,Tasha Lee Moth,David R. Murray,Audra Neil,Leo Aza O’Leary,Elizabeth Roberts,Christopher Rosamond,David Rosychuk,Al Rourke,Zbibgniew Scheller,Dean Sherriff,Joey Silva,Erin Sinclair,Dan Sissons,Sigrid M. Spade,Mark Stainthorpe,Peter Stratford,Geoff Wallace,Carie Wallis,Dean Willson,Renata Zaleska,Andy Aitken,Aaron Alexander,John G. Anderson,Alistair Bell,Martin P. Blaine,Nancy Anna Brown,Janice Lynn Coats,Paxton Downard,Elena Dresser,Bill Earle,Max Gloeckler,Michael Hall,Ray ‘Raygun’ Lai,Tasha Lee Moth,Wyatt Soutzo,Fraser Stepanick,Levi Woods,Gary Young
Sound Department David A. Arnold,Ron Bartlett,Paul Berolzheimer,Thom Brennan,Donald D. Brown,David Farmer,David Lee Fein,Eric Flickinger,Scott Martin Gershin,Aaron Glascock,Sandor Gyurkovics,Kimberly Harris,Doug Hemphill,Hilda Hodges,David Jobe,Laurent Kossayan,Mary Jo Lang,Ai-Ling Lee,Michael McGee,Alyson Dee Moore,Matthias Neumann,Thomas J. O’Connell,Jordan O’Neill,Michele Perrone,Jacob Riehle,John Roesch,Bruce Tanis,Juniper Watters,Jay Wilkinson,Byron Wilson,Christopher Cleator,Sandor Gyurkovics,Brian Seagrave,Graham Timmer,Matt Vowles
Special Effects by Paul Benjamin,Mark Cahak,Dan Cervin,André Dominguez,Katherine Fraser,Garnet Harry,Steve Hepworth,Eric Milner,Kyle T. Moore,Ken Reynolds,W.A. Andrew Sculthorp,Ron Seida,Rafael Sola,Corie Tornack,Scott R. Treliving,Joel Whist,John Wilkinson
Visual Effects by Erik Akutagawa,Ashima Taneja Arora,Michael Backauskas,Jen Bahan,Lee Berger,Anita Bevelheimer,Abhishek Bharadwaj,Thomas Boland,Cosmas Paul Bolger Jr.,Jennifer Bourne,Kristen Branan,Rebecca Brookman,Shannan Burkley,Stephen Chan,Vikas Chirate,Jiyeon Cho,Jeffrey Cilley,Sam Clark,James Cochrane,Marlis Coto,Rob Crone,Sonia D’Costa,Jubin Dave,Radha Desai,Santosh Kumar Dey,Manasa Divya,Frank Du,Syd Dutton,Pauline Duvall,Henry Gaw,Namita Gotephode,Neil Greenberg,Chris Grun,Graham Herbster,Michael Holzl,Angie Howard,Shih-hao Jason Huang,John Hughes,Chris John Jones,Snehal Kanchan,Anne Putnam Kolbe,Michael Kowalski,Ted Lao,David Legault,Colin Liggett,Howard Lin,Sophia Lo,Reilly Lohr,Allan Magled,Ralph Maiers,Jane M. McCurley,Casey McDermott,Karishma Mirashi,Kartishma Mirashi,Meg Morris,Bill Murphy,Manesh Nepali,Sujeen Nepali,Jeffrey A. Okun,Michelle H. Pak,Rachelle Paquin,Sanjit Patel,Praveena Pinnoju,Kenton Rannie,James William Roberts,David Robinson,Ian Robinson,Chris Roff,Matthew Sakata,Mike Sandrik,Mrudul Sarang,Rasoul Shafeazadeh,Bigyan Shrestha,Jeremy Shuback,Bradley Sick,Roberto Smith,Trevor Sommer,Derek Spears,Darryl Stawychny,Craig Talmy,Caleb Thompson,Karen Tom,Priyanshu Uniyal,Viral Vadalia,Nico Van den Bosch,Ajo Alex Varghese,Victor M. Vazquez,Rakesh Venugopalan,Michael Joseph Warren,Lauren Weidel,Brian R. Wells,Dione Wood,Fran R. Zandonella,Suzaine Aguirre,Kavan Ahalpara,Shish Aikat,Jon Anastasiades,Graeme Baitz,Rob Bannister,Geeta Basantani,Jason Bettinger,Jeetendra G. Bhagtani,Joey Bonander,Donna Camargo,Chun-Ping Chao,Tamar Chatterjee,Vanessa Cheung,Celine Chew,Jeremy Chinn,Sujesh V. Chitty,Marvin Chua,Daniel Aristoteles Collins,Erik Courtney,Umesh Dalvi,Dazrene Irman Darus,Nikhil Deshmukh,Amol Dighe,Ryan Dutour,Abdullah Ecirli,Gottfried Eder,Arlend Engar,Eddie Englander,Felicia Faden,Scott M. Fedor,Chad Finnerty,Vinod Gaitonde,Nicole Galaz,Sheila Giroux,Chris Grun,Muhammad Hafeez,Mohamad Sharil Harees,Anthony Harris,Edward Heede,Phil Holland,Abhimanyu Joshi,Sean Kennedy,Geetanjali Kharbe,Charles Lai,Matthew Lajoie,Matthew Lane,Rahul Robert Lewis,Andrew Lewitin,Ken Locsmandi,Rajavel Loganathan,Darren MacKay,Jonathan MacPherson,Joe Mancewicz,James Marcus,Andres Martinez,Vimal Raj Mohan,Rakesh More,Rishikesh Nandlaskar,Dave Olivares,Mihaela Orzea,James Parks,Henry Peng,Joe Phoebus,Lee Pierce,Jaikumar Pillay,Erin Ramos,Nachiarkovil Durairaj Rangesh,Aatur Ravani,Colin Riley,Shaun Roth,Jayaraman Sabarisan,Dan Schick,Seshaprasad,Tamar Shaham,Rommel Shamoun,Carolyn Shelby,Brad Smith,Daniel St-Amant,Mark Stetson,Kevin Struckman,Adrian Sutherland,Rob Tasker,Ben Taylor,Nicholas Theisen,Richard Van Cleave Jr.,Parikh Vishal,Jessica Wan,Nai Yin Wang,Paul Wojdylo,Sunny Wong,Tristan Zerafa,Pedram Ziaei
Stunts Maja Aro,Scott J. Ateah,Krista Bell,Yves Cameron,Nesta Chapman,Andy Cheng,Brent Connolly,Bruce Crawford,Lloyd Cunningham,Mike Desabrais,Duane Dickinson,Mike Garthwaite,Christopher Gordon,Kory Grim,Rob Hayter,Dave Hospes,Trevor Jones,Jon Kralt,Cody Laudan,Don Lew,Phillip Mitchell,Tony Morelli,Jovan Nenadic,Scott Nicholson,Jeff Sanca,Greg Schlosser,Quentin Schneider,Sylvesta Stuart,Melissa R. Stubbs,Cody Thomson,Clay Virtue,Kye Walstrom,Owen Walstrom,Chris Webb,Eli Zagoudakis,Krista Bell,Clint Carleton,Andrea Kinsky,Alexander Mandra,Michelle C. Smith
Camera and Electrical Department Jay Anderson,Ryan Bailey,Chris Bamford,Justin Bergler,Stephen S. Campanelli,Andrew Capicik,Trevor Carabin,Drew David,Kimberly French,Lee Gibeau,Spiro Grant,Tyler Guenther,Sean M. Harding,Glen Hawkins,Patrick Hogue,Sean Jobin,Justin Johns,Mike Kirilenko,James Kohne,Kevin Lheritier,David McClung,Terry McEwen,David McIntosh,James McMurachy,Ryan Monro,Sean Oxenbury,Bippen Kumar Sammy,Ted Smith,David Tickell,Kris Tobiasson,Don Tupper,Roger Vernon,Robin West,Lance White,Andrew D. Wilson,Adriene Wyse,Kurt Zelmer,Dane Bjerno,Cary Cooper,Lecily Corbett,Dan Fraser,Rod Haney,Jeff Harvey,James M. Jackson,Ryan Ketchum,Brent Lister,Rob MacKenzie,Paul Matsalla,Paul Go Mayne,Don McCuaig,Joern Christian Novotny,Peter Pacula,Dean Reca,Tyler Scott,Roger Wells
Animation Department Michael Backauskas,Jen Bahan,Jennifer Bourne,Rebecca Brookman,Sam Clark,Jubin Dave,Frank Du,Pauline Duvall,Chris Grun,Michael Holzl,Sophia Lo,Reilly Lohr,Casey McDermott,Karishma Mirashi,Meg Morris,Bill Murphy,Michelle H. Pak,Harish Pawar,David Robinson,Mike Sandrik,Bradley Sick,Roberto Smith,Trevor Sommer,Derek Spears,Craig Talmy,Karen Tom,Priyanshu Uniyal,Nico Van den Bosch,Victor M. Vazquez,Rakesh Venugopalan,Brian R. Wells,Fran R. Zandonella,David Apgar,Aaron Deerfield,Damian Isherwood,Burke Roane,Nikhil Salvi,Lauren Wells,Kirsten Yamaguchi
Casting Department Michelle Allen,Andrea Brown,Mark Sussman,Patty Connolly,Emma Day,Meredith Graham,Caitlin Well
Costume and Wardrobe Department Carolyn Bentley,Nancy Bryant,Leslie Cairns,Lanny Campbell,Kelli Dunsmore,Patricia Galbraith,Eileen Gano,Laura Gardner,Debbie Geaghan,Denise Gingrich,Patrick Gray,Kevin Harrison,Tara R. Hinecker,Brenda Knight,Janice MacIsaac,Kieu Nguyen,Julie O’Rourke,Lisa Parmet,Ute Porath,Kit Stølen,Beverley Wowchuk,Sondra Durksen,Lana S. Krause,Marie Jeanne Melanson,Marco Pimenta
Editorial Department Maxine Gervais,Terry Haggar,Mo Henry,Kathleen Largay,Christopher Lasko,Joshua Raymond Lee,Warren Mazutinec,Alan Z. McCurdy,Carmen Morrow,Adam Ohl,Drew Sacks,Ken Smith,Brian Spirnak,Jeff Stroot,Mykel Thuncher,Tim Weyers,Bob Mori
Location Management Hans Dayal,Michael J. LeGresley,Bill Burns,Todd Ireland,Dan Kuzmenko
Music Department Pete Anthony,Jeff Atmajian,Tom Boyd,Tom Brown,Elin Carlson,Sandy DeCrescent,George Doering,Matt Fausak,Matt Franko,Mark Graham,Tina Guo,Jim Hoffman,Josh Humphrey,Mark Kilian,Mark Killan,Andrew Kinney,Ny Lee,Daniel Lerner,Jennifer Nash,Michael Perfitt,Victor Pesavento,Jasper Randall,Brian Reitzell,Lise Richardson,Ryan Robinson,Peter Rotter,Patrick Russ,Dennis S. Sands,Naomi Sato,Steven L. Smith,Roger Suen,James Thatcher,Benjamin Wallfisch,Joe Zimmerman,Barbara Cohen,The Hollywood Studio Symphony,Matt Walker,Benjamin Wallfisch
Script and Continuity Department Kimi Webber,Suze Dunbar,Elspeth Grafton
Transportation Department Blue Angus,Scott Carpenter,Chuck Greig,Paul Irvine,Blake Zickefoose,John Carter,Mike Witherington
Additional Crew Jo Anderson,David Arnott,Irene Astle,Tyra Atkins,Andrea Baker,Crystal Braunwarth,Doug Burch,Cathy Cavadini,Jill Christensen,Lisa Davidson,Vicki Davis,John DeMita,Jan Dennehy,Jitka Dermiskova,Annie Doyon,Jilene Dyck,Sarah Elgart,Carmela Evangelista,Kelsey Evans,Greg Finley,Jeffrey Todd Fischer,Peggy Flood,Aaron Fors,Laura Gardner,Willow Geer,Anneliese Goldman,Shelley Grissbrook,Braden Haggerty,Rowan Harland,Barbara Harris,Elizabeth Himelstein,Jason Huberman,Paul Jasper,Darcy John,Gordon Juli,Carlyle King,Daamen J. Krall,Marsha Kramer,Doug Leaf,Jeremy Maxwell,David Michie,Lee Anne Muldoon,Steve Neville,Danielle Nicolet,Nigel Nikitovich,Levi Nunez,Nicole Oguchi,Jason Pace,Roberto Perez Antolin,Amanda Petura,Wells Phinny,Nathaniel Posey,Shehawnee Prescod,Nikki Ramey,David Randolph,Noreen Reardon,Jarod Ridge,Amanda Rohlke,Tania Rudy,Kelly Rutta,Liza Seneca,Brian Sepanzyk,Erin Sinclair,Alex Skrepnik,Cherie Smid,Ken Smith,Patrick Sanchez Smith,Sally Jo Sousa,Aaron Speiser,Patrick Subarsky,Michael Swan,Joel Swetow,Ron Tansingco,David Scott Thomson,Kelli Turner,Danny Virtue,Phillip Watson,Andreana Weiner,Kelsey Wheeler,Geoff Wickstrom,Joanne Woodward,Dustin Lee Abram,Carolyn Adair,Alana Comeau,Dove Cresswell,Jason Crosby,Caitlin Donovan,Sheila Erdmann,Matt Granger,Pamela B. Green,Kerry Hansen,Kimball Jansma,Lee McNish,Stephen Sawchuk,Charlotte Schaeffer,Mary-Beth Schwalm,Shawn Seifert,Andrew Simpson,Laura May Taylor,Matt Towstyka,Jarik Van Sluijs
Genres Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
Companies Warner Bros., Appian Way
Countries USA, Canada
Languages English
ContentRating PG-13
ImDbRating 5.4
ImDbRatingVotes 112402
MetacriticRating 29
Keywords half sister,werewolf horror,whodunit,younger version of character,dumping a dead body in a lake