This dark revisit to the immortal fable focuses on vain noblewoman Claudia. Threatened by the youth and beauty of her stepdaughter Lilly, Claudia uses black magik to retain her youth. Seven strange miners replace the seven dwarfs, who reluctantly try to protect Lilli.
Sigourney Weaver (Claudia), Sam Neill (Frederick), Gil Bellows (Will), Taryn Davis (Little Lilli), Brian Glover (Lars), David Conrad (Peter), Monica Keena (Lilli), Anthony Brophy (Rolf), Frances Cuka (Nannau).
Snow White: A Tale of Terror starts off a bit slow but ratchets up the suspense and drama fairly well. This is a much darker telling than most are used to hearing, and it holds closer to the Brother’s Grimm original story than the purified Disney version. There is no happy fluffy ending here, or moments of laughter. Just dark, brooding evil with a good dose of horror.
Acting by Weaver was very good with the darkness and insanity she brought to the role. Neill was okay but felt slightly miscast for his part. Bellows, Davis, Kenna and the remainder of the supporting cast were pretty good.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were decent but the film apparently could have used a better budget. Effects were fairly well done. Dialogue was good, as was sound and soundtrack.
Overall Snow White: A Tale of Terror is an interesting visit to the timeless fable from a much darker perspective than is usually seen. Those who enjoy dark horror films will likely enjoy this the most.
With horror violence, disturbing images, and some sexuality this should be fine for older teens and above.
Snow White: A Tale of Terror is no longer showing in any Littleton, Colorado movie theatres.
Star rating: 3 out of 5
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