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Snow White: A Tale of Terror (1997)

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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Michael Cohn

Writers:

Tom Szollosi (screenplay), Deborah Serra (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sigourney Weaver ... Claudia Hoffman
Sam Neill ... Frederick Hoffman
Gil Bellows ... Will
Taryn Davis Taryn Davis ... Little Lilli
Brian Glover ... Lars
David Conrad ... Peter Gutenberg
Monica Keena ... Lilli Hoffman
Anthony Brophy ... Rolf
Frances Cuka ... Nannau
Chris Bauer ... Konrad (as Christopher Bauer)
John Edward Allen John Edward Allen ... Bart
Miroslav Táborský ... Gustav (as Miroslav Taborsky)
Andrew Tiernan ... Scar
Bryan Pringle ... Father Gilbert
Dale Wyatt ... Maidservant Ilsa
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Storyline

This movie is based somewhat more authentically on the Grimm Brothers' story of a young woman who is unliked by her stepmother. When young Lillian's mother dies during childbirth, her father soon remarries the well-intentioned Lady Claudia. However, Claudia's heart is ruled not by her husband, but by an evil mirror with the power to make Claudia Queen over all living things - until they are dead. A failed attempt to murder young Lillian leaves her wandering lost in a deep dark forest where she comes across seven ruffian gold miners. This movie takes place at the time of the Crusades, and depicts the attitudes of the wealthy and the peasant classes toward each other. Written by BOB STEBBINS <stebinsbob@aol.com>

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Taglines:

The fairytale is over.

Genres:

Fantasy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA | Czech Republic

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 May 1997 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Snow White See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$26,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Sigourney Weaver stated that one of the reasons she wanted to play the "Evil Queen" role was for never having actually understood why the King would be so "stupid" to marry such a cruel woman, "not just unpleasant" but also a killer, so she wanted to provide a stepmother with the best intentions of being a mother in this film. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Lilliana: Look what I found.
[holds out a caterpillar]
Lilliana: It'll be a butterfly someday.
Friedrich Hoffman: Lilli, I want you to meet... Lady Claudia.
Lilliana: Can I put her in a box?
Friedrich Hoffman: [startled] Who?
Lilliana: The caterpillar.
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References Sleeping Beauty (1959) See more »

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Lullay, Lullay
Performed by Karen Hart
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At least it was different.
19 December 2002 | by gundamgirl2386See all my reviews

At first glance this looks like a corny B movie. If you look beyond the the cover and cheesy title you'll find a decent movie. I actually rolled my eyes when my cousin insisted on putting in the dvd Thanksgiving 3 years ago but from the opening scene I was hooked.

I have never really been a fan of the disney classic Snow White. It just wasn't a fairy tale that stood out to me. I have to say after seeing this movie I like it a little more. I am not quite sure whether they were honestly trying to turn this into a horror movie or not. For one thing this is not a scary movie, I don't remember one scary moment. If anything it's a dark drama. I really loved how they tried to put more realistic elements in it.

The romance aspect (what little of it there is) is pretty dull. I was really left wanting more but you really wouldn't be able to without drawing away from the story so i'm content.

I think what I like best about this movie is that there isn't anything else like it. It's so completely different that it's practically in a category of it's own. I don't know if I would say it's a great enough movie to buy or watch a dozen times but it is at least worth the one time watch if at the most just so you can see something different. This morbid dark take on the fairy tale classic is a good movie night watch that may not be for everyone but something everyone should see.

7 out of 10 stars.


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