Snow White: A Tale of Terror
Reviewed by Gord Pratt
Rating: 7 Beans
he brothers Grimm wrote a number of fairy tales such as Snow White, Hansel and Gretal, and Rumpelstiltskin. Of these, Snow White is likely best known in North America because of the Disny film version. Here is a film intended to be true to the original tale and thus free of all the sugary trappings of a Disney kidflick.
Sigourney Weaver (Alien) plays the wicked stepmother named Claudia Hoffman. Her husband Lord Friedrich Hoffman is portrayed by Sam Neill (Event Horizon). The title role is given to Monica Keena (While You Were Sleeping) for no apparently good reason.
Weaver does fine as the stepmother who is either insane or evil or possesed--we never really know. Her husband is a non-character and whatever Neill was payed for the role was probably too much. Both Weaver and Neill are experienced enough they should have known better than to make this film.
Not that I disagree with the idea of making a Snow White which more accurately reenactes the Grimm story. It's a wonderful idea. But this isn't the film to do it. Is it a drama? A horror? A fairy tale? The movie extremely uneven and disjointed.
All the "horrific" type should-be-scary scenes take place to broad daylight, somewhat diminishing the spooky atmosphere. The motivation behind any of the characters is never honestly revealed, so I spent much of my time wondering WHY these people are doing what their doing.
Snow White's greatest weakness, in fact the whole reason it deserves a spot in the BMN, is it's thrill factor. Zero. Zilch. Nada. Simply the most boring horror movie I have ever seen. Normally, I hate talking during the movies, but I was chatting it up before this coma-inducing dog was ten minutes old. A perfect cure for insomnia, and nothing else. My greatest empathy for any character came when Snow White went into a trance/coma/sleep from the poisoned apple. After 100 minutes of this film, I know just how she felt.
"She looks sweet." -Konrad
"I bet she tastes sweet, too." -Scar
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