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Snow White: A Tale of Terror (1997)


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Release Date: Jan 1, 1997 Wide



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Once upon a time, pursuing wolves frighten horses drawing a carriage, and it tumbles down a hill. Dying, the pregnant woman inside orders her grieving husband Frederick (Sam Neill) to cut the baby from her womb, so that at least it might live. Years later, the infant is now headstrong young Lilli (Taryn Davis), who is resentful of her father's upcoming marriage to Claudia (Sigourney Weaver). Claudia is devoted to the memory of her own mother and installs a magic mirror that belonged to her in a

Jan 11, 2000

Universal Pictures

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It's an unappealing dark adult version of the classic Grimm Brothers' fairy tale of the Snow White story.

March 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Too dark for it's own good...the fairytale's been sucked clean-dry

March 11, 2006

Not bad dark retelling of the classic tale.

October 28, 2005
7M Pictures

The frenzied atmosphere of darkness may be a little off-putting for some, but it only helps to invigorate the well-worn tale with new energy.

January 13, 2004 Full Review Source:

It's a dark and intense movie, filled with physical and emotional pain.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: | Comments (2)

Audience Reviews for Snow White: A Tale of Terror

Interesting version of Snow White. Not quite a horror movie, it does have some of those elements, bringing the story much closer to how the Brothers Grimm told it than the cleaned up version that we're more familiar with. Sigourney was fantastic as the wicked Queen. Definitely not a Disney film.
August 29, 2011

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The Creepy version of Snow White!
December 22, 2009
Wahida K

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If Nursery Rhymes were derived from certain events in history, why cant fairytales be glossied up stories of certain people from the past?The fairy tale is over.The Grim Brothers rewrites the classic childrens story into a more realistic, dark and horrifying life story of a young girl from a prestigious family.Set in medieval Europe, the story starts off in the middle of winter while the Hoffmans are travelling home. Lady Lilliana Hoffman is with child and is weary from their previous engagement. As their carriage passes by the woods, the group is spotted by a pack of hungry wolves... Sam Neil, Sigourney Weaver and Gil Bellows (Billy, from Ally McBeal) takes the house down with their great performance in this 1997 TV movie. I thought one of the seven 'dwarfs' looked like Chris Benoit, which was interesting and "personally funny" at the same time. There were parts in the movie that I thought I was watching a theater play, and Monica Keena reminded me of Frodo in a dress... but then again I also hated Kristin Kreuk in "The Fairest of them All", so maybe its just me reacting to the chosen pretty one. A dark, delectible syrup. An interesting story and an outstanding performance by Sigourney Weaver. Loved the shocking twists.Extra extra! Read all about it!"Weaver's critically-acclaimed performance earned her an Emmy Award-nomination as well as a Screen Actors Guild-nomination as Outstanding Lead Actress in a TV Movie.The film also earned two Emmy nominations for Makeup and Costume Design."Easter egg: Ever thought about how some people degrade others? Think about what yould call someone who yould find lowly.Director: Michael Cohn
February 21, 2009
Ginny  X

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Returning to the Brothers Grimm no doubt was intended to remove the cloying taint of Disney and other sanitised adaptations, but this rendition of the wholesome young woman and her evil stepmother trades cute forest creatures and cheerful dwarfs for pointless gore and ill-conceived characters.
January 27, 2008
Dean McKenna

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