Eeriness, Spookiness, and the Two Neils

When Neil Gaiman announced that another Neil, one Neil Jordan, was going to do The Graveyard Book film, I was puzzled as I associated him vaguely with The Crying Game, a terrific movie, but a very different genre indeed.  However, just now I did a little investigating and I totally, totally get it.  I hadn’t realized that he was the director of  The Company of Wolves, one of the coolest fairy tale films I know.  Based on Angela Carter‘s story, “The Company of Wolves”  (you can read an excerpt here), it is definitely of its  time (1984), but nonetheless a very eerie and unique film.  I was then very intrigued to see he has just done Ondine. If it is about the nymph  Ondine or some variant of her, that will be very cool.  My only quibble is that of the two Jordan films mentioned first (as far as I know the only ones of his I’ve seen), they are pretty serious.  I just hope that he gets the humor of the graveyard as well as I’m sure he’ll get everything else.

Here’s the first ten minutes of that Little Red Riding— I mean, Jordan’s The Company of Wolves:

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Filed under fairy tales, Film, Movies, Neil Gaiman, Newbery

2 responses to “Eeriness, Spookiness, and the Two Neils

  1. That movie (COMPANY OF WOLVES) so scared me, I had to turn it off. Of course I was watching it alone in my son Jason’s house in Colorado accompanied only by his huge sheepdog who insisted on snuggling close. . .and closer. . .and closer to me.

    That was years ago and I have never tried again.

    Jane

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  2. Well, hope The Graveyard Book isn’t as scary! My main concern is that he keeps the wit of the book intact. Tricky to do along with the scary bits.

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