Second Trailer for “Little Red Riding Hood” Reduces the Twilight Influence, Increases The Gary Oldman Factor

A. Quinton — Jan. 22nd 2011

Werewolf News reader B. Dorr mentioned in a recent comment that a second trailer for the new Little Red Riding Hood film had been released, and that this version “has taken that ‘Twilight’ sense out of it that we’ve noted in the first trailer.” The first trailer was packed with all the extra dreamy lighting and dramatic hair director Catherine Hardwicke had left over from her earlier endeavor, but I will admit that this second cut makes the film look a little less like a mom-fest. Of course, now it just looks like a confused mess. The Nine Inch Nails remix in the background doesn’t really sit well with the period-piece setting, does it? And until Amanda Seyfried says something about going to Grandmother’s house, I’d actually forgotten that this was supposed to be a re-telling of the classic European story we all know from childhood. Leave it to Gary Oldman to save the day– his voiceover throughout the trailer is bad-ass.

Still not feeling this one, friends, although I’d love for it to surprise me. What do you think?

  • ShadowFang

    Ugh, the trailer alone was barely watchable. Full of cheesy clichés that we’ve seen a million times before. The final line at the end, “what big eyes you have” was the nail in the coffin for me. Granted, I have not seen the film nor know anything beyond the trailer, but I have a feeling this will join the giant pile of other bad werewolf moves right next to the Howling 5-7.

    I do hope that I’m wrong.

    Although, I will say this: Already better than Twilight! =DD

  • “Red Riding Hood’s” trailer has been promoting itself like another “Twilight” movie for the past three months and the movie is going to turn out to be exactly that—another “Twilight” movie.

    If you stop the trailer at 1:10 (you have to be very fast at it), you can see the wolf attack a man for a split second. The wolf appears to be a very big dog, similar to those used in the “Twilight” movie. No luck on the man-to-wolf transformation scene though.

    I would love Gary Oldman to read the actual “Little Red Riding Hood” tale as an audio book for kids on MP3 or CD. Thanks for the mention!

  • Doruk

    Wow, it truly IS a horrible music choice for the trailer of a period piece…

  • I’m pretty excited about it. There was a slight moment where we saw the werewolf. And from the angle of Amanda’s eyes looking upward, it shows its gonna be a huge beast, possibly bipedal and more wolfy? I sure hope so!

    And enough with the music complaints. Nobody complained when they had Queen music in the background of A Knights Tale… some movies make it work. And its just a trailer anyways, doesn’t mean the movie will have rock music or whatever in it.

  • I didn’t watch A Knight’s Tale specifically because of the weird approach to music. You want me to suspend my disbelief? Sure, but you have to stop giving me “HEY THIS IS FAKE” cues every five minutes. This trailer goes from “horror” to “forbidden romance” to “teen action flick” in less than two minutes, which doesn’t bode well for its coherence. And I’m a pretty big NIN fan, but honestly, The Hand That Feeds? Surely a Closer remix or even something from Ghosts would have worked better.

  • WW

    ‘ This trailer goes from “horror” to “forbidden romance” to “teen action flick” in less than two minutes’

    That’s what the trailer is basically supposed to do though–make the film appeal to as many different groups of people as possible within two minutes. The fact that your own opinion became less negative is proof that the tactic worked to some extent. Unlike the trailer, the actual film will presumably not switch genres every few seconds. As for whether it will be any good, well the director has a mixed track record, so I’ll wait and see.

  • This looks like so many kinds of terrible I can’t even begin to enumerate them all. I’ll be saving my $10 for Apollo 18, thank you.

  • “That’s what the trailer is basically supposed to do though–make the film appeal to as many different groups of people as possible within two minutes.”
    You seem real comfortable with this definition of “trailer”. I hope you don’t work in the film industry, or if you do, that you’re not involved in marketing.

    “The fact that your own opinion became less negative is proof that the tactic worked to some extent.”
    You think “confused mess” is indicative of an improved opinion?

    “As for whether it will be any good, well the director has a mixed track record, so I’ll wait and see.”
    My intuition tells me that this film is going to be a huge pile of shit, but like I said in the post, I’d love to be surprised.

  • I want that door with the wolf painting.

  • Viergacht

    Awwwww, look at the cute little puppy!

  • WW

    Andrew, I’m not in the marketing field (I’m assuming you’re not either), but it’s common sense to try and make the trailer try to appeal to as many people as possible, especially if the film is not entirely within one genre. And, “confused mess” does seem a step above “total mom fest” or Twilight clone. The fact that you bothered to even post the second trailer shows that the trailer did part of what it’s presumably supposed to do: call attention to the film.

  • Berserker

    I’m just glad the whole thing isn’t a metaphor for boyfriend-girlfriend woes, and that there actually seems to be some kind of legit werewolf in the movie.

  • Chelsea

    I don’t know why it looks kinda appealing to me. But if it’s directed by Hardwicke — that kinda turns me off to it.
    Of course I like werewolves and it looks kinda dark, which is probably why I’m interested in it.

    But more than likely I won’t go see it. I’ll look up a spoiler instead. It saves you time without throwing away money ….

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  • I have to remember to post my own tips, thoughts, and ideas on my own blog. Shit.

  • Redwolf

    I was excited about this in trailer 1. but Trailer 2…makes me wary. Ugh. I am still looking for a great werewolf movie.

  • Well, I read the novelization of the movie and it was pretty good (except they left out the ending), but it wasn’t written by the director, so I’m trying not to get my hopes up.

  • bren

    hardwick did a damn good job with twilight and I think she will do good with this movie as well. I’m gonna see it.