Red Riding Hood is a 2011 live-action re-imagining of the popular fairy tale directed by Catherine Hardwicke and starring Amanda Seyfried as the girl in the hood.The film is set in the medieval village of Daggerhorn. A young woman named Valerie plans to run away with her woodcutter lover, an outsider named Peter, in order to avoid an arranged marriage to Henry Lazar. Valerie and Peter's plan to elope is forestalled when Valerie's older sister is found slaughtered by the mysterious werewolf that has terrorized their village for years. The people of Daggerhorn have maintained an uneasy truce with the beast by offering the creature a monthly animal sacrifice. But under a blood-red moon, the werewolf ups the stakes and takes a human life. Hungry for revenge, the people summon a famed Witchfinder General, Father Solomon, to help them track down and kill the beast. Solomon’s arrival, however, brings unintended consequences, as he warns that the werewolf, who takes human form by day, could be any one of them. As the death toll rises with each moon and panic grips the town, Valerie discovers she has a unique connection to the beast – one that inexorably draws them together, making her both suspect and bait.
Black Vikings: One of the few times this may be justified: Father Solomon has obviously traveled all over the place, and it's possible he may have picked up the African brothers and the Asian man in his retinue on his travels.
Bloodless Carnage: While the werewolf attacks are gore-less, there is actually some blood splattering throughout.
Broken Bird: A rare male example in Father Solomon, who was forced to kill his own wife. It caused him to be a little overzealous in his duties.
Brown Eyes: With the exception of Valerie (Amanda Seyfried), all the characters from Daggerhorn are either played by actors with brown eyes or wearing brown contact lenses. Most notable of the latter is Julie Christie, who plays Valerie's grandmother, who is famous for her blue eyes.
Burn the Witch!: Everyone thinks Valerie is a witch because she can understand the Wolf. And the villagers think the Wolf wants only her, so she's being offered as a Human Sacrifice.
Poor Claude is stuffed inside an elephant-styled brazen bull, for no more reason than being an oddity. It is heavily implied that he is simply mentally challenged and has a fascination for sleight-of-hand card tricks. Sadly, this is Truth in Television, as many were persecuted for being misunderstood or exhibiting behaviors unexplainable at the time. Martin Luther actually wrote that children believed to be "changelings" (i.e. changed by fairies, based on common Medieval legends) were soulless and should be killed. By his description of their behavior, they were probably autistic or mentally challenged. One wonders if any of these "changelings" were actually killed after or before his advice.
Chekhov's Gun: Father Solomon's hand with the silver fingernails which the Wolf tore off, as Valerie uses it to go and kill who she thinks is the Wolf.
Follow the Leader: Like the incredibly popular Twilight films, this movie features a love triangle, director Catherine Hardwicke, and Billy Burke as the lead female's father.
Foreshadowing: The dirty look Cesaire gives Adrien as they split up through the tunnels, Father Solomon mentioning the bloodline, the Wolf trying to convince Valerie they were the same, and the fact that the first two kills were the people tied to Suzette's affair.
Heroic Sacrifice: Father Auguste is killed by Solomon's men when he tries to stop them from killing Henry as he rescues Valerie, because he's visibly human.
Hotter and Sexier: The movie is pretty arguably a great example of this (as well as Darker and Edgier), what with all the bondage-gear pseudo-medieval clothing and rolling about in the snow.
Hypocrite: Valerie's mother. Remember her advice to Valerie about learning to love the person you're arranged to marry? Though this is more understandable by the end, when this resulted in her daughter and lover getting killed. She doesn't want Valerie to make her mistake.
I Am Spartacus: The town, after being so willing to sacrifice Valerie, suddenly pull this as Valerie relents and offers herself to the Wolf. The Wolf cannot get to her before the sun rises, and it's forced to flee. May also double as a Must Make Amends moment, as Valerie's friend initiates the defense, and she is the one who outs Valerie's secret in the first place.
Quick Nip: Cesaire is constantly seen tipping back his flask. No one seems to care. During the celebration, he has a little too much and is found passed out next to his vomit. Only Valerie does something about it.
Red Herring: The Wolf talks like he could be Peter, and Valerie's grandmother is really creepy.
The Reveal: Valerie's father is the Big Bad Wolf. Werewolves run in the family.
Too Dumb to Live / Too Happy to Live: The villagers, who are so stubborn, they refuse to believe Father Solomon's explanations that they didn't kill the right wolf, and they celebrate their victory outside at the most inappropriate time.
Trailers Always Lie: The trailers seem to hint that Peter is the werewolf that's killing everyone. This happens not to be the case.