The image of the trees in the woods of the movie Red Riding Hood keeps coming back to me. Valerie walks through the woods risking being impaled by spear-like branches that point straight towards her. They symbolically say that when she leaves the village or wanders off the civilized path she is in danger.
The spikes are somewhat phallic, and not in a passive way. Valerie is drawn to the woods, even as a child she was comfortable there, with Peter. Eventually Red chooses to live there marking her sexual awakening. The spikes play with the relationship between fear and passion. The recognition of desire over-ridingb fear speaks to its intensity.