Grimm Brothers' Snow White

(1997)
Grimm Brothers' Snow White

Starring Sigourney Weaver, Sam Neill, Monica Keena. (15)

 

The classic fairy tale of Snow White and her seven vertically challenged pals gets a decidedly un-Disney reworking in this grown-up drama that’s not for the under-twelves (it was also known as Snow White: A Tale Of Terror which gives you fair warning). Gone are the cutesy dwarfs – replaced by a group of disfigured outsiders who risk their lives mining for the gold they need to survive – and instead of an evil queen who’s wicked just for the sake of it, we have a beautiful woman (Weaver), twisted and bitter following a gruesome miscarriage, who finds refuge in black magic when she believes her husband (Neill) loves his daughter Lilli (Keena) more than her.

While the 15th-century Black Forest setting is all dense, dark trees and atmospheric flickering candles, this never quite gets beyond slightly creepy, despite a deliciously seething performance from Sigourney Weaver. Director Michael Cohn may have been trying for a Company of Wolves-style bloody fairy tale to have grown-ups hiding behind their seats, but instead he’s made a nicely acted, beautifully photographed but ultimately small-screen version of a well-loved tale, best suited to a rainy night in front of the telly. 

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SCARY MOMENTS:

Note that this film did receive a 15 certificate on its UK release. From the first scene, this has graphic moments – a pregnant woman dying in a carriage accident asking for her baby to be cut out of her, the stepmother’s miscarriage, various scenes of violence and the effects of plague. Not for the faint-hearted.

 

Grimm Brothers' Snow White
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