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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

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 »

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

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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Performed by Karen Hart
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The Snow White story with an overlay of "The Omen"...unappetizing, to say the least
26 August 2011 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Sigourney Weaver appears to have a field-day playing the wicked stepmother of a beautiful princess who is aided by her magic mirror in dispensing with the pesky girl. Gothic rendering of the Grimm Brothers' tale of "Snow White" features wolves and dogs with glowing eyes, a fiancé for the fair maiden who is also ensnared in the stepmother's web, also a motley gang of excavators with bad teeth who suddenly find themselves saddled with the young woman (they have an unexpected change of heart towards her--and she to them--which seems to happen off-screen). Prominent among the miscreants is a lightly-bearded hunk with bedroom eyes (sure, why not!) who touches the princess with his sensitive soul and facial scar. Theatrical production debuted on cable-TV in the US; it isn't badly made, but one can see right away this never would have worked in theaters. The continuity is shabby, the cinematography is murky, and young actress Monica Keena is far too modern as Lilly. Weaver gives it a little kick, and her fiery send-off boasts showmanship if not style. *1/2 from ****


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