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Snow White: A Tale of Terror [Import]

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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Grimm... Feb. 18 2005
By A Customer
Format:DVD
I wasn't "terrified" by this movie, but I do love it for what it is. The setting and costumes are charming and artistic, the casting very appropriate. The dark tone to the film is somewhat haunting, and yet at the same time there is an enchanting elegance to it. The native forest scenery is particularly breathtaking, and the castle presents itself as both lovely and ghastly.
The movie is altogether a welcome change from cloying animated fairy tales. I'm proud of this movie for going in the Grimm brothers direction, and asserting that a story like "Snow White" is not necessarily meant exclusively for children, if at all.
Some may think Sigourney Weaver as the stepmother was over the top, or rather that the character was written to be too over the top. However, the viewer must remember that this is a fairy tale--it's meant to be over the top (particularly when madness is involved!). Fairy tales are defined by their use of magical elements in telling a story. This telling of the story manages to employ especially the use of the supernatural as a means of illustrating, with horrific hyperbole, the dangers of obsessive vanity and jealousy, emphasizing the versatility of fairy tale motifs.
I highly recommend this film for lovers of authentic fairy tales. Don't watch it expecting to be scared, but rather creeped out in a Grimm brothers sort of way. Also, don't expect to be awfully surprised--there are plenty of plot twists in this movie that some find surprising, and others find contrived. However, in the end, you don't need to be surprised when you're watching a fairy tale, for these are stories nearly as old as time. A fairy tale newly told is more an experience of one person's artistic interpretation than a new story, and this movie is an admirable example of such.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Disturbing Piece July 6 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
You know the story...or do you? This take on the classic tale is dark and gothic. They don't make films like these anymore. Today, over-the-top gore is the thing.This is scary in a different way.It is disturbing and eerie(SPOILER: Especially the concept of the Queen with her stillborn son).
Sigourney Weaver gives her best performance since ALIEN.She takes on a role of madness and edge of your seat insanity. The way she talks into her mirror is so dramatic and expressive.The beautifully designed mirror's expression is evermore the same.
The girl who plays Lillian,a.k.a. Snow White, is wonderful. How many girls her age can show fear through her eyes.She shows her best in the ending scene.
This is an excellent achievement in horror. It is beautifully filmed and professionally directed. The music makes each scene unique and suspenceful(excluding the parts with the seven miners(a.k.a. dwarves)A must see.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True Fairy Tale April 8 2004
Format:DVD
The Grimm fairy tales were written to teach children and adults lessons. They were created not to have happy endings, but teach a lesson on life. If we were to go back to the days we would see all our beloved Disney fairytales with gruesome endings.
This movie puts the Grimm tale into a realistic view of the story. It's completed without the chintzy blood and guts of horror/slasher films, but with the subtle and dark gothic images from the scenes in the forest to those heightened events in the castle.
Sigourney Weaver was excellent in this film because her portrayal of the evil Queen made you hate her and feel for her at the same time. It's almost as if the circumstances are what made her act the way she did. It's not your children's fairy tale. It is a dark movie told the way it was told when it was originally written.
I really enjoy films that make you think and draw you in. This film was excellent. However, if you are looking for a horror film with lots of blood, guts, gore and fighting typical of a slasher/horror film - this is not the movie for you. If you like a good storytelling with a few twists in magic and character, you will love this movie.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mirror, Mirror... Who is the Scariest of All? May 28 2004
Format:DVD
This version of the classic story stars Sigourney Weaver and Sam Neill and is far from the cheery animated version you may be familiar with..
Sam Neill plays Lillian's father. After the death of his wife he marries Sigourney Weaver. Things are fine at first but the aging Weaver begins to feel jealousy towards her step-daughter. She feels she is in competition for her husband's affections. With the help of her mysterious magic mirror (a frightening piece of furniture if I ever saw one) she begins making plans to be number one.
But as Weaver makes her plans she also begins to sink into deeper and deeper madness as she eliminates the servants, her step-daughter and even her brother. But Lillian manages to survive and meets a band of outlaw miner's hoping to find a rich strike. She manages to win their hearts in time and eventually returns to challenge her step-mother.
This is a very dark telling of the Snow White story. It is more tragic than many tellings in that the step-mother is mad and not evil. The girl who plays Lillian is excellent. Her ability to show powerful emotion with a single look really adds to the atmosphere of this dark film.
If you are interested in seeing a good dark tale then Snow White could be just what you are looking for.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This movie is fantastic.
This is by far the best version of the classic fairy tale ever created. Sigourney Weaver is fantastic as Snow White's evil sorcereress step-mother - driven to madness by the... Read more
Published on June 8 2004 by Ruth Shannon
2.0 out of 5 stars Ho hum
Either I just don't get it, or my spookiness threshold is too demanding :-)
Sigourney in a warped and twisted rendition of the classic fairy tale - sounded like just what my... Read more
Published on March 9 2004 by Oberon
4.0 out of 5 stars Grimmer than Grimm
The cutesy Disney cartoon this ain't. Although the BASIC story structure remains, SNOW WHITE: A TALE OF TERROR is an interpretation that is much closer in tone and mood to the... Read more
Published on March 9 2004 by Michael R Gates
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Snow White for Big Kids!
Monica Keena is the INCREDIBLY beautiful Lilliana, daughter of a newly remarried nobleman/widower (played by Sam Neill), and living in a European land just coming out of the... Read more
Published on Feb. 3 2004 by Monty Moonlight
4.0 out of 5 stars A Case of the Grimms
Possibly, this is the best and closest representation of the Grimms brothers' original fairytale. Unlike Disney's take on it, this film left me interested enough to go out and buy... Read more
Published on Sept. 14 2003 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Decent
This isn't a movie for little kids, although it is nonetheless a fairy tale. The problem with a movie like this is that it's very hard to figure out who its target audience is... Read more
Published on Jan. 16 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars great terror
Sigourney Weaver was excellent as the step mother and the story line worked for me as well. If you want to be scared, buy this DVD
Published on Jan. 12 2003 by Brian C. Knowles
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful version
This is an amazing version of Snow White, Sam Neil, Sigorney Weaver and Monica Keenan are all amazing. Read more
Published on Dec 19 2002 by Cybele A. Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars Realistic snow white
I saw this movie for the first time a few years ago on tv. It was great. I always thought that the cartoon snow white was a little too fluffy to be a fairt tale, where's the moral... Read more
Published on Dec 2 2002
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