The gothic landscape of the imagination has rarely been filmed with such invention as in this, Neil Jordan’s second feature. Within lavish, expressive sets the teenage heroine begins to discover her sexuality and its dark, unsettling power. Wolves become human, humans become wolves. The film’s elaborate structure offers tales within tales, but what really grips is the utterly lucid fantasy. The screenplay was written by author Angela Carter with director Neil Jordan, and was based upon the short story of the same name from Carter’s collection of deliciously perverse fairy tales, The Bloody Chamber.