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Snow White - A Tale of Terror

1 rating: 4.0
A movie directed by Michael Cohn

BASED SOMEWHAT MORE AUTHENTICALLY ON THE GRIMM BROTHERS' STORYOF A YOUNG WOMAN WHO IS UNLIKED BY HER STEPMOTHER, THE FILM INCLUDES THE TALKING MIRROR, A POISONED APPLE, AND SOME RUFFIAN GOLD MINERS (AND THEY AREN'T DWARFS OR CUTE).

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Director: Michael Cohn
1 review about Snow White - A Tale of Terror

"Never look a raven in the eye for too long. Might steal your soul and fly away with it..."

  • Sep 25, 2009
Rating:
+4
Make certain that the kids are safely tucked away in bed before popping this movie into the DVD player...

SNOW WHITE: A TALE OF TERROR (1997) is allegedly based on the "Snow White" fairytale as it was originally set down by the Brothers Grimm; though I suspect that very little of what you'll see on the screen will remind you of any Snow White you've ever heard or experienced before.

When he wife dies in premature childbirth (brought on by a carriage accident), Lord Friedrich Hoffman (Sam Neill) takes on the lovely Lady Claudia (Sigourney Weaver) as his second wife. All goes well until Hoffman's daughter Lilliana (played as a child by Taryn Davis) grows into a stunning young woman (Monica Keena) whose beauty and shining innocence threatens the vice-like grip which Claudia holds over her husband and the entire court.

When Claudia's only child is delivered stillborn, she blames Lilly for her baby's death and the estrangement of Friedrich's affections. Following a grisly attack on her life, Lilly flees into the forest where she's taken in by a group of miners (of which only one is a dwarf); but Claudia's magic mirror will never let her escape the wrath of the spurned stepmother...

Dark, intense, moody and quite gory in places, this SNOW WHITE won't be everyone's cup of tea, but I appreciated the Germanic storybook look of the piece, and the sensational performances of Weaver and Keena, adding a realistic flavour to their characters; this is a particularly brave turn from Ms Weaver. Gil Bellows ("Ally McBeal") throws away any prissy pretense and gives us a fairytale hero with lots of sweaty, masculine energy.

Well worth a look, but make sure to expect the unexpected!

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