RED RIDING HOOD is an excellent premise at heart that has the same nasty spirit as Lieberman's SATAN'S LITTLE HELPER mixed in with a few nuggets of gore, but unfortunately it just doesn't benefit from particularly strong direction or acting. Jenny is a brilliant but embittered young girl who decides to start dispensing her own form of justice on the streets of Rome after her father is ruthlessly murdered and her mother runs off with a younger man. Along side her masked 'friend' George, she hunts down liars, cheats, and thieves, and introduces them to the short end of her knife. All the while, she keeps grandma, her supposed guardian, tied up and drugged back home, as not to divulge her secret night life to the police. Each of the characters are overplayed and exaggerated, but given the dark humor of the script and the ridiculousness of the plot, it is easier to accept the over the top comic book acting despite the amateur performances. While director Giacomo Cimini introduces several interesting shots that show some skill in visual storytelling, the majority of the picture is shot in a crude, digital format that gives it a cheap made-for-TV look and feel. RED RIDING HOOD is interesting enough to warrant a view from fans of the comic book series Hack/Slash or Lieberman's film, but it can otherwise be avoided by most mainstream Horror fans.
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