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?


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 »


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


[to Gustav]
Claudia Hoffman: Oh, brother, you mustn't feel bad. The blood you have shed is just the venom of a scheming child.
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Version of Cinderella (1957) See more »


Cum Doctorum
Performed by Karen Hart
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A Pleasant Halloween Surprise!
1 November 1999 | by See all my reviews

Trying to rent a "known" horror movie is somewhat of a Herculean task at 7:30 PM on Halloween night, and as such, I was down to the "slim pickins" on the horror shelf at the local video outlet, so I was surprised to see this movie still on the shelf, what with the star power attached to it and attractive video box. I'd never heard of it!

What a surprise to find a genuinely creepy and atmospheric horror story contained within, and a PERFECT movie to watch on Halloween night. The cinematography is sumptuous and lush, especially during the scenes in which the evil Lady is casting spells on Lilliana and her various compatriots. The story itself, though, is a little muddy and hard to follow (not much time is spent on character development, presuming the characters will all be familiar to you in an alternate-Disney-universe sort of way) and thus the film isn't as good as it could be. But all the actors and filmmakers make the best out of what they have, and the result is a genuinely creepy, and at some points disturbing (I challenge anyone to stay calm during the Lady's final confrontation with Lilliana) re-telling of a classic fairy tale. I highly recommend this movie as one to spring on one's friends, unaware ... in the dark.

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