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Film / Red: Werewolf Hunter

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This hunter wears red.

Red: Werewolf Hunter is a 2010 Canadian Urban Fantasy Horror Syfy Channel Original Movie starring Felicia Day.

Little Red Riding Hood operated slightly differently from the written record. You see, The Big Bad Wolf was actually a werewolf, whom Granny killed before succumbing to her wounds. Seeing the threat of lycanthropy firsthand inspired Red to found a family of werewolf hunters, which extended to the modern day. Her latest descendant, Virginia Sullivan, is bringing her boyfriend home. She and her family clash over whether or not to keep her destiny a secret, but at about this time, a group of werewolves decide it's time for a killing spree. Can our heroine save her husband and the town?

This film contains examples of:

  • Adaptational Badass:
    • Little Red Riding Hood goes from a naive girl who had to be rescued from the wolf to the first in a long line of monster hunters.
    • Grandmother goes from just being eaten by the wolf to killing him before she dies herself.
  • Adaptation Species Change: The Big Bad Wolf goes from a regular wolf to a werewolf.
  • Badass Family: The Sullivans have been hunting werewolves since medieval times.
  • Big Bad: Gabriel, a werewolf seeking to slaughter the local area.
  • For the Evulz: Gabriel fully believes that werewolves have a right to commit whatever atrocities their hearts desire, to the point of calling his mass killings of humans "the Game."
  • Good Old Ways: Gabriel wants werewolves to go back to being the feared masters of the night, as opposed to the relative peace they've made with the humans.
  • Hunter of Monsters: The Sullivan family have been hunting werewolves for several generations.
  • Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: Gabriel and his goons organize "the Game," where they kidnap humans, take them to a large corridor, then hunt them for sport.
  • Ironic Nursery Tune: Gabriel sings "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?" while hunting Marcus.
  • Legacy Character: Virginia is just the latest in a long line of werewolf hunters from the Sullivan family, all bearing the nickname "Red."
  • The Masquerade: The Sullivans and the werewolves have a truce going to keep the existence of the supernatural a secret. Gabriel seeks to break this truce and make his brethren the kings of the night once more.
  • No Body Left Behind: Werewolves automatically burn to ash upon death. Nathan even notes that this should be physically impossible.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: These only turn on the full moon because their humanity resists it otherwise, and can turn at will if they abandon it. They also burn to ash upon death.
  • Protagonist Title
  • Red Is Heroic: Virginia is played by Felicia Day, and therefore has incredibly bright red hair. Amusingly enough, the "Red" nickname is completely unrelated, and is a traditional nickname in the family.
  • Role Called
  • Silver Bullet: Werewolves are weak to silver, though it doesn't have to be a bullet. Anything that pierces the skin will do.
  • The Social Darwinist: Gabriel believes that werewolves are superior to humans due to their strength and ability to tap into their bestial nature. He thusly believes that any werewolves that are killed by hunters are weak and deserved to die.
  • The Sociopath: Gabriel, a werewolf who believes he should be able to kill humans for fun, and decides to turn the opposition's boyfriend into one of him just to spite her. In fact, he's so inhuman that he's the first werewolf to be able to turn at will.
  • Zombie Infectee: Nathan, Virginia's boyfriend, is bitten by Gabriel early in the film and given the werewolf curse. Fortunately, it can be cured so long as he doesn't kill any humans before killing his sire. Unfortunately, Virginia does not succeed.