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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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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)

Gross:

ITL 59,918,000 (Italy) (9 May 1997)
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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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When Lilly encounters the outcast there is a speck of dirt on her face, it then disappears then reappears several times. See more »

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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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References Dracula (1992) See more »

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Lullay, Lullay
Performed by Karen Hart
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The Grimm Brothers classic tale of horror comes to life!
26 July 2002 | by (Chicagooooooo) – See all my reviews

After seeing this film, I had mixed feelings. I was wondering if I was confused, excited, blown away or a combination of all three. SNOW WHITE: A TALE OF TERROR. A film based somewhat more accurately on the Grimm Brothers classic horror story, you are going to enjoy it no matter what! Sam Neill and Sigourney Weaver were very good in the film. It starts off slow, developing the characters and becoming a nice, little period piece. Until the horror begins...

I apologize, but I cannot remember a single name from the entire film, aside from Snow White, so you will just have to bear with me. I was slightly confused with what I was being given. All I knew, was that I liked it. I like old fashioned Gothic horror stories that go back a couple hundred years to give you a nice tale of terror. The real legend of Snow White is here. The Grimm Brothers' tale has been created in vibrant life and its all here. The apple and all.

All the elements of the snobby rich people, the poor, the forest, the deadness all around and the gothic atmosphere combine to create a genuinely bone-chilling tale. SNOW WHITE: A TALE OF TERROR gets 4/5.


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