Fans that sneak out to see the latest Harry Potter movie this weekend will get a glimpse at another dark, and far more risque, fantasy tale in the form of director Catherine Hardwicke’s Red Riding Hood.

Warner Bros. has released the trailer and poster for the flick, which refashions the classic story of Little Red Riding Hood as more of a supernatural horror thriller than a mildly creepy tale about a young girl’s misbegotten trip to her grandmother’s house.

Amanda Seyfried stars in Red Riding Hood as Valerie, a lovely young lady who’s “torn” between two gentlemen – and by that we mean she’s in love with broody loner Peter (Shiloh Fernandez), but is betrothed to rich boy Henry (Max Irons). The forbidden romance between Valerie and Peter is made all the more complicated by the presence of a werewolf – which their medieval village has long kept at bay via animal sacrifices. Until, under the cover of a blood red moon, the creature decides to begin feeding on humans instead.

Enter famed werewolf hunter (and flamboyantly dressed) Father Solomon (Gary Oldman), who informs the villagers that the hairy monster takes human form during the day – which means it could very well be a resident of the small town and possibly even (*gasp*) someone close to Valerie herself.

Check out the Red Riding Hood trailer below:

This mixture of contemporary music, broody romance, and ominous visuals in the Red Riding Hood trailer might seem curious (and more than boarderline silly) until one remembers that Hardwicke was responsible for the original Twilight movie adaptation as well. There’s more than a hint of Bella and Edward in Seyfried’s Valerie and Fernadez’ Peter in the footage shown here.

The use of supernatural creatures as metaphors in edgier (re: sexual) coming of age stories that revolve around young adults are all the rage nowadays (just watch the Teen Wolf TV show trailer for further proof) and Red Riding Hood could very well tap into that craze when it hits theaters.

Check out the Red Riding Hood poster below:

Red Riding Hood arrives in theaters in the U.S. on March 11th, 2011.

Source: iTunes Movie Trailers