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      The Wolves of Willoughby Chase

      1989 1 hr. 33 min. Kids & Family Adventure List
      Reviews 62% 500+ Ratings Audience Score Two girls (Aleks Darowska, Emily Hudson) flee wolves, a workhouse, and a governess (Stephanie Beacham) and her cohort in Industrial Revolution England. Read More Read Less

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      Audience Member A good story! No doubt about it! Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Audience Member While her parents leave on an expedition, young Bonnie (Emily Hudson) and her cousin Sylvia (Aleks Darowska) find themselves under the "care" of Miss Slighcarp (Stephanie Beacham, looking like Scarlett O'Hara on a bad hair night), who sells the girls to an orphanage. We can tell that Slighcarp is evil because she wears dark gowns and sneers into the camera for just about every shot. With the help of a friend who lives in the woods (Lynton Dearden), the girls struggle to reclaim their house while outrunning savage wolves. Nothing we haven't already seen before, but this British production is great fun for fans of dark children's literature. I'm sure the book it's based on has more depth, as there are times when the film seems rushed, with a few questions unanswered (what's up with that secret passage in the girls' house anyway?), but anyone looking for good old-fashioned entertainment won't really mind. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/19/23 Full Review Audience Member A great film, Stephanie Beacham is brilliant as letitia slighcarp. The film always scared me when I was younger and the wolves got in to the house! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review Audience Member A disappointing rendition of the children's story. But at least the girls were correctly portrayed. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/18/23 Full Review Audience Member Quite a funny movie,not what i expected. Its quite unusual for a childrens film especially when one of the children dies in a scene that resembled something from Final Destination. There is also quite a few sexual jokes between Stephanie Beacham and Mel Smith characters that would probably not be picked up on by younger viewers. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/12/23 Full Review Audience Member "The Wolves of Willoughby Chase" is a nice, atmospheric children?s story adapted from the first novel in of the twelve-volume Wolf series by the highly prolific Joan Aiken (1924-2004), who is perhaps more famous to modern adult readers for her sequels to several of Jane Austen?s novels. With its mix of Christmassy, snowy landscapes and gothic, Dickensian sets, the film looks a bit like something that might be remade in a more powerful and colourful way by Tim Burton, as it fails fully to exploit its dramatic opportunities and constantly seems to be deactivating its own threats by ridiculing its own villains, so that only pre-teens should feel scared. The two evil women of the film, for instance, are interpreted in a very tongue-in-cheek way (by Stephanie Beacham, whom I knew through one of my favorite Star Trek TNG episodes, "Ship in a Bottle", and what few episodes of "Seaquest" I may have seen, and Geraldine James, who is probably most famous for her starring role in the overrated TV series, "The Jewel in the Crown.") I rather liked the cinematography by Paul Beeson who, I learned, worked on such camp classics as "Starcrash" and "Hawk the Slayer" and on the rather good 1992 adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle?s "Lost World". The score by Colin Towns was also quite nice. As for the cast, I think Aleks Darowska as Sylvia was not the most charismatic lead imaginable, and when I saw one of the little girls in the factory, I was surprised that they had not chosen her instead for the part, as she had much more screen presence and much more enthusiasm for acting. Aleks Darowska apparently never played again, while the little girl that drew my attention was one Rebecca Callard, who seems to have had a more prolific career. On a side note, I think that Mel Smith looks like Kevin Spacey with a few extra stones and lead child actress Emily Hudson looks like the redhaired boy from the Harry Potter series. Apparently she too never acted again. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/20/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Brian Costello Common Sense Media Suspenseful, creepy British film is nightmare fodder. Rated: 3/5 Jun 14, 2012 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis Two girls (Aleks Darowska, Emily Hudson) flee wolves, a workhouse, and a governess (Stephanie Beacham) and her cohort in Industrial Revolution England.
      Stuart Orme
      William M. Akers
      Kids & Family, Adventure
      Original Language
      Release Date (Streaming)
      May 23, 2017
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