Scary Fairy Tales & Legends

Tales from (or inspired by) childhood stories, with elements of horror, fantasy & surrealism. Plus a few good "family-friendly" films.
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Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010)
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In the depths of the Korvatunturi mountains, 486 metres deep, lies the closest ever guarded secret of Christmas. The time has come to dig it up! This Christmas everyone will believe in Santa Claus. (84 mins.)
 
2.
Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
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In the falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world. (118 mins.)
 
3.
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
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Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but his attempts to bring Christmas to his home cause confusion. (76 mins.)
Director: Henry Selick
 
4.
Intruders (2011)
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Two children living in different countries are visited nightly by a faceless being who wants to take possession of them. (100 mins.)
“ One of the most unique "boogeyman" films, cerebral in the vein of "Elm St." and atmospheric like the best Spanish ghost movies. ” - Harry-Hood
 
5.
Hansel and Gretel (2007)
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After meeting an mysterious girl on an dark stretch of road, a young salesman is invited to a beautiful house with bizarre secrets and no way to escape. (117 mins.)
Director: Pil-Sung Yim
“ Creepy and surreal, & faithful to the source material. ” - Harry-Hood
 
6.
Sin-de-rel-la (2006)
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The daughter of a plastic surgeon experiences strange events that seem to be connected her childhood. (94 mins.)
Director: Man-dae Bong
 
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Sleepy Hollow (1999)
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Ichabod Crane is sent to Sleepy Hollow to investigate the decapitations of 3 people with the culprit being the legendary apparition, the Headless Horseman. (105 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
 
8.
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013)
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Hansel & Gretel are bounty hunters who track and kill witches all over the world. As the fabled Blood Moon approaches, the siblings encounter a new form of evil that might hold a secret to their past. (88 mins.)
Director: Tommy Wirkola
 
9.
The Company of Wolves (1984)
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A teenage girl in a country manor falls asleep while reading a magazine and she has a disturbing dream involving wolves which appears to take place in the woods visible from her bedroom window. (95 mins.)
Director: Neil Jordan
 
10.
Snow White: A Tale of Terror (1997)
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In this dark take on the fairy tale, the growing hatred of a noblewoman, secretly a practitioner of the dark arts, for her stepdaughter, and the witch's horrifying attempts to kill her. (100 mins.)
Director: Michael Cohn
 
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Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)
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In a twist to the fairy tale, the Huntsman ordered to take Snow White into the woods to be killed winds up becoming her protector and mentor in a quest to vanquish the Evil Queen. (127 mins.)
Director: Rupert Sanders
 
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Faerie Tale Theatre (1982 TV Series)
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At a time when most other shows for children were either low-budget productions or product-inspired... (50 mins.)
 
13.
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
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Several people are hunted by a cruel serial killer who kills his victims in their dreams. While the survivors are trying to find the reason for being chosen, the murderer won't lose any chance to kill them as soon as they fall asleep. (91 mins.)
Director: Wes Craven
 
14.
Rise of the Guardians (2012)
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When the evil spirit Pitch launches an assault on Earth, the Immortal Guardians team up to protect the innocence of children all around the world. (97 mins.)
Director: Peter Ramsey
“ A lighter take on fairy tales and the boogeyman. Great FX and some creative input from the best horror-fairy tale director, Guillermo Del Toro. ” - Harry-Hood
 
15.
Unbreakable (2000)
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A man learns something extraordinary about himself after a devastating accident. (106 mins.)
 
16.
Red Riding Hood (2011)
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Set in a medieval village that is haunted by a werewolf, a young girl falls for an orphaned woodcutter, much to her family's displeasure. (100 mins.)
 
17.
Rumpelstiltskin (1995)
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In the 1400s, Rumpelstiltskin is imprisoned inside a small jade figurine. In modern-day Los Angeles... (87 mins.)
Director: Mark Jones
 
18.
Alice (1987)
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A surrealistic revision of Alice in Wonderland. (86 mins.)
Director: Jan Svankmajer
 
19.
Alice in Wonderland (2010)
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Nineteen-year-old Alice returns to the magical world from her childhood adventure, where she reunites with her old friends and learns of her true destiny: to end the Red Queen's reign of terror. (108 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
 
20.
Faust (1926)
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The demon Mephisto wagers with God that he can corrupt a mortal man's soul. (85 mins.)
Director: F.W. Murnau
 
21.
Lesson Faust (1994)
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A very free adaptation of Marlowe's 'Doctor Faustus', Goethe's 'Faust' and various other treatments... (97 mins.)
Director: Jan Svankmajer
 
22.
Saint (2010)
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A horror film that depicts St. Nicholas as a murderous bishop who kidnaps and murders children when there is a full moon on December 5. (85 mins.)
Director: Dick Maas