First, there’s Freeway (1996) with the excellent Reese Witherspoon and the uber creepy Kiefer Sutherland. This is a gritty and bloody re-telling of the fairy-tale. It’s modern settings actually enhance the timeless story and bring the fairy-tale back to its disturbing roots. Incidentally, Little Red Riding Hood is one of the less unpleasant fairy-tales. Read a story like The Juniper Tree for a truly horrifying fairy-tale that make films like Hostel look like My Little Pony: The Movie.
The second film is the dream-like and gorgeous The Company of Wolves by Neil Jordan. This movie is set within the dreams of a present day (or, at least, late 20th century) teenage girl. It interweaves the hopes, desires and fears of a female verging on woman-hood with the narrative of the fairy-tale. I have often wondered at Neil Jordan’s insight into the female mind until the actual moment of writing these words. A little googling revealed that the film’s screenplay was actually a self-adaptation of Angela Carter‘s original short-story; hence the insider knowledge!
Look out for an Angela Carter posting in future.