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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The role of Lilli Hoffman (Snow White) was originally written with Alicia Silverstone in mind. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

[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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Connections

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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Dark Re-telling of a Classic Fairy-Tale
4 March 2005 | by RobertF87See all my reviews

One word of warning, this isn't the Disney film of "Snow White" and it would be wise to think twice before letting the children watch it.

The tensions between "Snow White", here named Lilli Hoffman (Played by Taryn Davis as a child and then by Monica Keener as a teenager) and her step-mother Claudia (Sigourney Weaver) are quite well-drawn. Claudia is not completely unsympathetic and Lilli is not quite as innocent as in some versions of the story. Also the dwarfs are presented as a group of scarred, bitter outlaws.

The film sustains a wonderful medieval atmosphere and has some very good performances, particularly from Sigourney Weaver. However it suffers a lot from an unevenness of tone. It's far too dark and violent for children, but then it's not quite scary enough for adults.

That being said, horror and fantasy fans may find it quite enjoyable.


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