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[[caption-width-right:300:"Don't stray from the path."]]

A 1984 horror/fantasy film directed by Neil Jordan and written by Angela Carter. Loosely based on a short-story of the same name from the anthology ''Literature/TheBloodyChamber''.[[note]]The film also includes elements from two other stories in the collection, "The Werewolf" and "Wolf-Alice".[[/note]]

Rosaleen, a young girl ("[[MissingTrailerScene I'm twelve and three-quarters old!]]"), falls asleep in her parents' mansion and dreams of living in a medieval village. After her sister is killed in the forest by a pack of wolves, her grandmother comforts Rosaleen, telling her several stories of the dangers of deceptive wolves who roam the forest at night, looking for young girls. She is informed to never trust a [[BigOlUnibrow man whose eyebrows meet in the middle]] and that the most dangerous wolves are the ones with fur on the inside.

Think of it as "Literature/LittleRedRidingHood", written by Sigmund Freud and directed by David Lynch.
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!! ''The Company of Wolves'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* AdaptationExpansion: The movie goes into much more detail than the short story.
* AdultsAreUseless: Played with. Ultimately Rosaleen ends up having to take care of business herself because [[spoiler: everything her grandmother told her was wrong.]]
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Rosaleen finds the older, dangerous huntsman much more attractive than the village boys.
* AllJustADream: [[spoiler:Averted. She gets attacked after waking up.]]
* AlwaysNight: Most of the film takes place in the dark and has a hypnotic surreal nightmarish atmosphere about it.
* AnachronismStew: The second story told about how the Devil arrives in the woods in a Rolls Royce to give a Victorian boy a potion. Of course it ''is'' a dream...
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Rosaleen herself, according to Alice, but then, Rosaleen did steal her lipstick.
* BadassGrandma: Rosaleen's grandmother certainly puts up a better fight than the tradition granny in ''Little Red Riding Hood''.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Alice looks quite good for someone who got savaged by a pack of wolves.
* TheBigBadWolf: [[spoiler:The Huntsman is truly a wolf in diguise.]]
* BigOlUnibrow: A sign that a man is a werewolf.
--> '''Granny''': "Never stray from the path, never eat a windfall apple, and never trust a man whose eyebrows meet."
* BitchAlert: Rosaleen's sister Alice. It's no wonder she gets eaten by wolves at the very start off the dream.
* BittersweetEnding: The same as most coming of age stories--Rosaleen learns about being an adult at the cost of childhood innocence.
* BodyHorror: The transformation scenes.
* BrokenBird: Gran's rants against men, love, and sexuality hint at this.
* TheCameo: Terence Stamp as the Devil.
* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler: The moment the wolf/huntsman knocks off Granny's head seems to be out of left field, unless you remember that while other major characters were featured in the real world sequences--Rosaleen's parents and sister--Granny was never a person at all. She was one of the dolls in Rosaleen's room.]]
* ColorMotif: White objects turning red happens more than once, usually through bloodshed.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The entire movie has scenes reminiscent of Freud ideas about sexuality.
* DomesticAbuse: "The Story of the Bride and Groom" ends with the woman being slapped by her second husband. Granny's assessment of men hints that this will be the woman's fate after the end.
* DownTheRabbitHole: A dream leads to a medieval village with shapeshifting wolves.
* FramingDevice: The real world scenes where we firmly establish that the majority of the movie is a dream.
* FullyEmbracedFiend: [[spoiler: In the end, Rosaleen runs off with the huntsman/wolf.]]
* GainaxEnding: Where did all those "wolves" come from?
* TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry: Rosaleen and Alice are implied to be locked in one of these.
* GoodParents: Rosaleen's parents are very supportive and loving, even if they have trouble understanding her sometimes.
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* LadyInRed: Rosaleen herself, which is disturbing considering she's not even thirteen yet. However, once she receives the red cloak from her grandmother, her sexuality begins to bud.
* LittleDeadRidingHood: This is set up all through the movie, particularly towards the last trip to Granny's house when Rosaleen finds blood by the gate.
* LittleRedFightingHood: Rather than be threatened, Rosaleen [[spoiler: grabs the huntsman's gun and shoots him.]]
* TheLostWoods: The dream is set in medieval times where this trope came from. Wolves live there and they're not mundane ones.
* MagicPants: Averted. The traveler husband in the first story strips off to transform and the [[spoiler: Huntsman's clothes rip off as he transforms]].
* AManIsAlwaysEager[=/=]AllMenArePerverts: Granny's opinion about male sexuality. The mother challenges this. [[spoiler: Turns out the mother is right.]]
* MoodWhiplash: A man goes through the TransformationTrauma mentioned below, the music is suitably grim, the visuals horrifying... then he's a perfectly friendly wolf that's happy to sit next to the girl.
* MyBelovedSmother: Granny comes off as this more so than the Mother, who tries to discourage Rosaleen from taking everything Granny says as the Gospel truth.
* NestedStory: Gran, and later Rosaleen, tell stories about wolves, what they do, and what they want. This being a WorldOfSymbolism about working out how adult sexuality actually works.
* NeverWorkWithChildrenOrAnimals: Averted. Not just with the dogs, but filming went fairly smoothly with the actual wolves, as well. (Neil Jordan commended Sarah Patterson on her bravery during the scene where she had to sit right next to and pet one of the wolves.)
* NoNameGiven: Any of the cast other than Rosaleen, in particular The Huntsman, Granny, and her parents. Alice's name is only revealed in the credits.
* NoPeriodsPeriod: Averted. Outside the dream, Rosaleen is implied to be suffering from menstrual cramps. Later she finds an object that more than likely indicates her fertility.
* OneDialogueTwoConversations: Deliberately done between Granny and the Huntsman. [[spoiler: On first viewing, and from Granny's point of view it sounds very like the huntsman is just a smooth talker, snidely telling Granny that [[VictimBlaming Rosaleen was asking for it]]. From the huntman's point of view "Nothing she didn't want" literally means he didn't do anything Rosaleen didn't consent to.]]
* OnlyOneName: Rosaleen and Alice.
* OpposedMentors: Granny and Rosaleen's mother have contrasting beliefs about adult sexuality and what men are thinking of in regards to women.
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: They're metaphors for sexuality.
* OverlyLongTongue: Rosaleen's love interest in the end is a werewolf and has a long, canine like creepy tongue.
* PainfulTransformation - The infamous werewolf transformation scene where a man peels of his own skin, to reveal a Nightmare Face, only to have a werewolf burst out from his mouth, transforming him entirely into a wild bloodthirsty wolf. Then his head is chopped off by someone!
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: [[GoodShepherd The priest]], who doesn't take as harsh a view towards wolves or sexuality as Granny.
* {{Satan}}: The man in the car is implied to be Satan since Granny prefaces the story with, "One day he'll meet the devil in the wood."
* SavageWolves: The major theme of the film is that wolves are predators that want to eat up girls (both literally and metaphorically).
* SexAsRiteOfPassage: [[spoiler: Rosaleen didn't turn into a wolf by herself, y'know.]]
* ShirtlessScene: A very creepy example with The Huntsman. Whether it's FanService or FanDisservice depends on [[spoiler: how hairy you like your men]].
* ShowWithinAShow: The bulk of the story is a dream, in which Rosaleen hears stories from the people around her about the wolves. [[spoiler: When she [[GainaxEnding wakes up]]....]]
* SomethingAboutARose[=/=]TheTragicRose: The white rose that turns red in the Wolfgirl story could be either, or both, depending on your interpretation.
* StayOnThePath: [[spoiler: Played With]] Granny instructs Rosaleen never to stray from the path when walking through the woods. [[spoiler: This is ultimately challenged because whenever Rosaleen strays from the path, she learns important lessons.]]
* TitleDrop: Done by the Huntsman, [[spoiler:who "loves the company of wolves."]]
* UnresolvedSexualTension: Squickily between Rosaleen and the Huntsman, in particular the scene where he takes off her red cape and throws it in the fire. [[spoiler: Rosaleen turning into a wolf implies they ultimately resolved it.]]
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: [[spoiler: Rosaleen becomes a wolf at the end and runs off with the Huntsman]].
* WasOnceAMan: Rosaleen's father takes a paw from a wolf for a trophy. It turns into a human hand.
* WomanInBlack: Granny, who appears to be a widow. She is the matriarch of the family and the strongest voice of warning against Rosaleen straying from the path. [[spoiler: As it turns out, her words are more restriction than actual warning.]]
* WomanInWhite: Alice at her funeral looks interestingly more like a young bride than someone who was savaged by wolves.
* WorldOfSymbolism: There's very little in this film that isn't either overtly or covertly about puberty, sexuality, or impending adulthood.
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