“Sinister fun…. Absolutely gorgeous film… woozy, Murnauesque sets, narration from Quentin Crisp, and, above all, the preternaturally expressive visage of Christina Ricci as an all-too-knowing Red.” – Hazal-Dawn Dumpert, L.A. Weekly.
“In an evening of explorations of Little Red Riding Hood, the most notable is a 1997 short film starring Christina Ricci, narrated by the late, great eccentric Quentin Crisp.” – Choire Sicha, The New York Times.
“The film is beautifully shot and shows great visual acuity… a job well-done.” – Roger Corman.
“A sly, disturbing, variation on the classic fairy tale, with Christina Ricci as an unsettlingly erotic Riding Hood and Quentin Crisp delivering a droll narration… it’s as unsettling as it is artful.” – Shawn Levy, The Oregonian.
“Gorgeous cinematography and art direction…. The centerpiece here is David Kaplan’s Little Red Riding Hood, a gothic and chilling rendition of the classic tale….” – Peg Aloi, The Boston Phoenix.
“Outstandingly sexy short film… expertly directed.” – Leslie Weishaar, Indiewire.
“A wonderful cinematic rendition of Le Conte de la Mére-Grande… great things with black and white, voice, dance, music, and decor… Brilliant.” – Jack Zipes, author, The Trials and Tribulations of Little Red Riding Hood.
“A stylish, scary film for grown-ups, Kaplan’s Little Red Riding Hood gets right to work on viewers’ psyches…” – Heather Wisner, San Francisco Weekly.
“David Kaplan’s short retells the old fairy tale in explicitly sexual terms. It’s a creepy little piece of work….” – Andy Klein, New Times Los Angeles.
“Expressionistic, perverse… a very self-assertive Christina Ricci in the title role and a collection of sets that appear to be left over from The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.” – John Hartl, The Seattle Times.
“The most visually striking film of the festival. Luscious black-and-white cinematography enfolds this perverse retelling of the classic fairy tale. Quentin Crisp narrates lines like ‘A slut is she who eats the flesh of her granny’ with queenly relish, while a voluptuous Christina Ricci digs into a bowl of granny guts.” – Steve Striegel, The Seattle Stranger.
“Don’t miss this one. Christina Ricci stars in this silent film that seems to pull influences from all over high modernism – the dancing wolf is Nijinsky, Grandmother’s house is out of The Cabinet of Dr.Caligari, Red Riding Hood is Lolita… chillingly beautiful.” – Claire Dederer, Seattle Weekly.
“A clever, wicked live-action short….” – Derich Mantonela, Seattle Gay News.
“Very stylish. Striking. Unsettling, creepy. It’s clearly a remarkable film and many would find fascinating and few would soon forget.” – Bo Smith, curator, Boston Museum of Fine Art.
“Parmi les plus belles suprises, figure Little Red Riding Hood de l’Americain David Kaplan, une merveilleuse et surréaliste adaptation du Petit Chaperon Rouge….” – Laure Bernard, Le Figaro.