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The Company of Wolves$
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James Gracey

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781911325314

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781911325314.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

Chapter:
(p.7) Introduction
Source:
(p.3) Devil’s Advocates
Author(s):

James Gracey

Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781911325314.003.0001

This chapter focuses on The Company of Wolves, as a dark fantasy film about the horrors of the adult world and of adult sexuality glimpsed through the dreams of an adolescent girl. It analyses how The Company of Wolves amalgamates aspects of horror, the Female Gothic, fairy tales, werewolf films and coming-of-age parables. It also illustrates how The Company of Wolves is drenched in atmosphere and an eerily sensual malaise that boasts striking imagery immersed in fairy-tale motifs and startling Freudian symbolism. The chapter mentions Neil Jordan as the director of The Company of Wolves, his second film and his first foray into the realms of Gothic horror. It cites several short stories from Angela Carter's The Bloody Chamber from 1979 as the basis for The Company of Wolves.

Keywords:   The Company of Wolves, Neil Jordan, Female Gothic, fairy tales, werewolf films, Angela Carter, The Bloody Chamber, Gothic horror

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