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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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Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Peter Gutenberg
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Rolf
Frances Cuka ...
Nannau
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Konrad (as Christopher Bauer)
John Edward Allen ...
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Gustav (as Miroslav Taborsky)
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Father Gilbert
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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.

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Fantasy | Horror

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

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9 May 1997 (Italy)  »

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Snow White  »

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$26,000,000 (estimated)
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This film was originally slated for theatrical release but wound up debuting on Showtime in the U.S. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Lilliana: Look what I found.
[holds out a caterpillar]
Lilliana: It'll be a butterfly someday.
Friedrich Hoffman: Lilli, I want you to meet... Lady Claudia.
Lilliana: Can I put her in a box?
Friedrich Hoffman: [startled] Who?
Lilliana: The caterpillar.
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References Sleeping Beauty (1959) See more »

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Lullay, Lullay
Performed by Karen Hart
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Superb adaptation of soapy tale
7 May 1999 | by See all my reviews

Although I liked Disney's version of the Snow White tale (and still keep it as the classic example of fairy-tale screen- handling), still I was positively struck with this adaptation. Now here's the version no-one would have dreamed of ever seeing. The all-innocent victimised princess has been turned into a proud little brat who despises her step-mother from the very first time she sees her; the mean, scheming, mirror-gazing step-mother was changed into a lady doing her best to be accepted by her husband's intolerant daughter - only after miscarrying her son does she turn into the stereotype of evil; the adorable seven little dwarfs were metamorphosized into seven miners, some of whom really hate the girl. Best of all the Prince charming has been erased and the silly "Mirror mirror on the wall, who's the fairest of them all?" likewise. Anyway the film is a masterpiece from beginning to end - the highlights being the spells cast by the maddened step-mother. Being a gothic horror movie, it still has some spurts of really dark humour, such as Claudia saying, "Mmmm... Delicious!" when eating the supposedly cooked Lilly; and "I have brought someone to keep you company" (to the crucifix). The on-location shooting is very adequate and the superb performances from everyone make this a movie worth watching and appreciating.


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