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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:
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Claudia Hoffman
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Frederick Hoffman
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Will
Taryn Davis ...
Little Lilli
Brian Glover ...
Lars
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Peter Gutenberg
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Lilli Hoffman
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Rolf
Frances Cuka ...
Nannau
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Konrad (as Christopher Bauer)
John Edward Allen ...
Bart
Miroslav Táborský ...
Gustav (as Miroslav Taborsky)
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Scar
Bryan Pringle ...
Father Gilbert
Dale Wyatt ...
Maidservant Ilsa
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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 <stebinsbob@aol.com>

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The fairytale is over.

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Fantasy | Horror

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

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24 August 1997 (USA)  »

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Snow White  »

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$26,000,000 (estimated)

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ITL 59,918,000 (Italy) (9 May 1997)
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Trivia

Lilli's actual medical condition from the poisoned apple is called "locked-in syndrome," in which she is "imprisoned" within her body, remaining aware and awake but cannot communicate verbally or move the body except for the eyes. (Claudia describing the condition: "You can see, and you can hear, but from inside the tomb of your mind. No breath will escape your lips, no tears your eyes. To the world, you are dead... But you, my dear, you will have all eternity to remember.") See more »

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The snake that frightens Lilli in the forest is a Boa Constrictor, not native to Europe. See more »

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Will: Never look a raven in the eye for too long. Might steal your soul and fly away with it.
Lilli: Why are you staring at me?
Will: It hadn't occurred to me to look anywhere else.
Lilli: It's very rude.
Will: It's one of my better habits.
Lilli: I take it you have no manners, then.
Will: No manners then... and no manners now.
Lilli: Trying to be funny?
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Dark Re-telling of a Classic Fairy-Tale
4 March 2005 | by (Scotland) – See all my reviews

One word of warning, this isn't the Disney film of "Snow White" and it would be wise to think twice before letting the children watch it.

The tensions between "Snow White", here named Lilli Hoffman (Played by Taryn Davis as a child and then by Monica Keener as a teenager) and her step-mother Claudia (Sigourney Weaver) are quite well-drawn. Claudia is not completely unsympathetic and Lilli is not quite as innocent as in some versions of the story. Also the dwarfs are presented as a group of scarred, bitter outlaws.

The film sustains a wonderful medieval atmosphere and has some very good performances, particularly from Sigourney Weaver. However it suffers a lot from an unevenness of tone. It's far too dark and violent for children, but then it's not quite scary enough for adults.

That being said, horror and fantasy fans may find it quite enjoyable.


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