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The Riding Hoods’ Creed – Short Script Review – Optioned - posted by Julia Cottle

The Riding Hoods’ Creed by P. H. Cook

Lonnie was just supposed to take her back to Grandma’s House. But, something overcame him along the way.

Fairy-tales: don’t you just love them to Death? Especially the original work by The Brothers Grimm. Now there’s a compendium of bloody, gruesome, sexual stuff: the ultimate Fantasy Nightmare. And when fairy tales get blended with other cultural icons – in an organic, gritty manner…? Then screw Jason and Michael Meyers. The result here’s more… magical, to say the least!

Take the story of Little Red Riding Hood, for instance. “Little Red” just wants to make it safely to Grandma’s house. While she wanders through the forest, a wolf stealthily plots her demise. Big eyes, big teeth, big appetite. Then along comes The Hunter, and everyone lives happily ever after…except for the wolf, that is.

Pia Cook’s latest work, The Riding Hoods’ Creed, teases the audience with twists it takes along this well loved (and travelled) story line. Which makes perfect sense when you think it over. A winding path through the woods? Who could ever take the straight-away?

In this version of the age-old fairy tale, teenage Gwen wanders off from Grandma’s trailer park into a bar. The patrons of this grungy dive? A dreaded biker gang, The Riding Hoods. Dressed in a short black leather skirt and “an even shorter and tighter red top”, Gwen is out for adventure. Yet, despite their grizzled appearance, the men in the bar worry that this young woman spells trouble. Not for herself… for them. About to launch a regular tradition, the bikers need Gwen gone. ASAP.

Gang member Lonnie is quickly appointed to make sure the young woman gets pushed out the door, and escorted home to Grandma safe. Gwen protests, but Harry ominously warns:

Trust me, tonight ain’t the night
little girls wanna be out walking
by themselves.
     (to Lonnie)
No time to fuck around, Lonnie.
Take her home to grandma,
then get back here before eleven.

The two take off on Lonnie’s motorcycle (aka “metal steed”). Lon picks a shortcut through the woods, designed to get him home in time to join his men.

That’s doing the right thing, isn’t it? But in the woods, things always lose control. To the extent that Lonnie (and Gwen’s) in a mess of trouble. ‘Cause even biker gangs have strict rules. And Lonnie’s broken Rule Number One.

Why was the gang so eager to get a luscious piece like Gwen out of the way? And, what exactly is Rule Number One? Don’t miss the chance to find out. Make sure you have really big eyes and a huge appetite – because you’re in for a delicious surprise!

Budget: Moderate. Will need a motorcycle, a bar scene, a wooded area, and a short black leather skirt. Okay – in other words, this is one shoot that’ll be real fun! And the classic 50s rock and role soundtrack for this could be… amazing, don’t you think?

About the writer: Born and raised in Sweden, Pia Cook has four produced features, a fifth one in pre-production, and twenty five shorts to her name. Check out her IMDB creds. She started writing screenplays in 2006 and has written seventy short screenplays and ten features. She can be reached at gatortales “AT” gmail!

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This screenplay may not be used or reproduced for any purpose including educational purposes without the expressed written permission of the author.

About the Reviewer: Julia Cottle is a cultural anthropologist living in Chicago. She has worked for years as a university instructor and researcher for organizations committed to social justice. She has always loved to write, but only recently has begun to work on screenplays. She can be reached at: Cottle54321 (a) gmail.

8 Comments so far


Anthony Cawood
November 12th, 2015 at 5:34 am

Nice work Pia!


November 12th, 2015 at 1:41 pm

Thanks Anthony! 🙂


KP Mackie
November 12th, 2015 at 8:21 pm

Wow. Hung on every word…
Someone’s going to grab this thriller. Can’t wait to see it!
Love the frame.
Really riveting, Pia. 🙂


KP Mackie
November 12th, 2015 at 8:29 pm

And —

GREAT title! 🙂


November 13th, 2015 at 9:13 am

Thanks! 🙂

My husband actually came up with the title. He often does. A Mime Is a Terrible Thing To Waste, was his too. 🙂


John Cowdell
November 13th, 2015 at 9:22 am

Another great script, Pia! I can see this as a feature as well. Clever modern twist on Red Riding Hood. Well done!


November 14th, 2015 at 4:52 pm

Thank you John! The wheels are turning in the back of my head for a feature. 🙂


KP Mackie
September 9th, 2017 at 1:46 pm

Still a winner that needs to get made! 😀

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