Little Red Riding Hood and the Pedophile in Film: <em>Freeway</em>, <em>Hard Candy</em> and <em>The Woodsman</em>
"Little Red Riding Hood" is one of very few well-known fairy tales that have not come under what Jack Zipes calls "the Disney spell," which has ossified and Americanized so many others. Creators using various artistic genres have thus felt free to rewrite and reconceptualize it. The three "Little Red Riding Hood" films that we discuss explore, as a significant theme, adult-child sexual relationships. We argue that the "Little Red Riding Hood" story offers filmmakers and viewers a metaphorical tool for understanding relations between pedophiles and their victims in novel ways, opening up the possibility of a shift in perspective on this issue.