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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.

Director:

Michael Cohn

Writers:

Tom Szollosi (screenplay), Deborah Serra (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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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 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 »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 May 1997 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Snow White See more »

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Budget:

$26,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

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

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

Quotes

[Will is having a nightmare]
Lars: He dreams of fire. They tied him to a stake, then burned his family while he watched. And then they placed a red-hot cross of iron across his face, because he would not repent.
Lilli: What was his crime?
Lars: He would not fight for their cause.
Lilli: Who were they?
Lars: Crusaders for the Church. Men of God.
[pause]
Lars: My face, it frightens you?
Lilli: Yes.
Lars: Scares me, too.
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Referenced in Vsechnopárty: Episode dated 6 February 2015 (2015) See more »

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Cum Doctorum
Performed by Karen Hart
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A not-so-snowy and not-so-white version of the classic "unfair"-y tale.
8 October 1998 | by BarryRonSee all my reviews

This was a well done performance of the Grimm story, with Sigourney Weaver cast perfectly as the "Evil Witch Queen" character -- she makes the movie. The story flows well and doesn't lose you in faces, places and details. Nor does it ever get cutesy or sweet...there's no Disney-esque here! This *is* what happened to "Snow White" (and, there *was* one dwarf in the seven men she met; so that's O.K.!).


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