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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 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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The fairytale is over.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

This film was originally slated for theatrical release but wound up debuting on Showtime in the U.S. See more »

Goofs

The tree Lilli picks the apple from near her mother's grave is in fact an oak tree. See more »

Quotes

Claudia Hoffman: This is my brother, Gustav. God did not bless him with a graceful tongue, but he more than compensates with the wit of his hands.
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Connections

References Sleeping Beauty (1959) See more »

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Cum Doctorum
Performed by Karen Hart
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A Pleasant Halloween Surprise!
1 November 1999 | by WolfDadSee 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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Language:

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Release Date:

9 May 1997 (Italy) See more »

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Budget:

$26,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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