Snow White: A Tale of Terror (1997)

R  |   |  Fantasy, Horror  |  24 August 1997 (USA)
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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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Claudia Hoffman
Frederick Hoffman
Taryn Davis ...
Little Lilli
Peter Gutenberg
Lilli Hoffman
Frances Cuka ...
Konrad (as Christopher Bauer)
John Edward Allen ...
Miroslav Táborský ...
Gustav (as Miroslav Taborsky)
Bryan Pringle ...
Father Gilbert
Dale Wyatt ...
Maidservant Ilsa


Based somewhat more authentically on the Grimm Brothers' story of a young woman who is unliked by her stepmother, the film includes the talking mirror, a poisoned apple, and some ruffian gold (not diamond) miners (and they aren't dwarfs or cute). It takes place at the time of the Crusades, and depicts the attitudes of the wealthy and the peasant classes toward one another. Written by BOB STEBBINS <>

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The fairytale is over.


Fantasy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some horror violence and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

24 August 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Snow White  »

Box Office


$26,000,000 (estimated)


ITL 59,918,000 (Italy) (9 May 1997)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The role of Lilli Hoffman (Snow White) was originally written with Alicia Silverstone in mind. See more »


When Lilly encounters the outcast there is a speck of dirt on her face, it then disappears then reappears several times. See more »


Lilli: Trying to be funny?
Will: I was just wondering what it would take to make a princess smile.
[he touches her face and she moves away]
Lilli: I'm not a princess.
Will: What are you then?
Lilli: I'm the daughter of Friedrich Hoffman.
Will: Ah, so you're nothing more than a name.
Lilli: What right do you have to say that? You know nothing about me.
Will: I know enough of your kind.
Lilli: How could you know anything about anyone, you live like an animal; you hide out like a criminal.
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Interesting Gothic fairytale that should have focused more on its subversions
5 May 2005 | by (The land of the Bunyips) – See all my reviews

I hated this when it was initially released, but I really appreciated it this second time around. It is no Disney flick and not intended for children. From what I understand, it is based on the original source by the Grimm Brothers. While it is never particularly scary, the effects are great, and it is darkly atmospheric (especially the scenes outside of the castle and in the surrounding woods). Sigourney Weaver is excellent as the Wicked Stepmother (who, it is suggested, isn't inherently wicked but driven insane after a miscarriage). Monica Keena does a decent job as Lily, the Snow White figure who has never been beyond the castle, and knows nothing but her privileged upbringing. The "seven dwarfs" (only one is an actual "little person") are actually a group of miners trying to strike it rich and find a better life, and they aren't exactly cordial when the princess stumbles upon their abode. They are led by the unbelievably foxy Gil Bellows (who knew a castmember of Ally MacBeal could!). The story is ultimately a successful tale of looking beyond social class, but it would have benefited more from focusing on the eschewing of Prince Charming as well as showing what was going on inside of the stepmother's head. She is unfortunate but never a sympathetic character. My Rating: 7/10.

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