History Film / SnowWhiteATaleOfTerror

27th Oct '17 2:19:45 PM fearlessnikki
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The film serves to deconstruct both the original fairytale and the kid-friendly one. For the kid-friendly version, themes such as rape, incest, murder and discrimination are introduced into the story and the stepmother is given proper motivation to kill her stepdaughter. And for the original, the "princess" isn't the PuritySue she was and also isn't TooDumbToLive from the attempts to kill her. The film got a limited theatrical release in Europe but went straight to television on Creator/{{Showtime}} in the U.S. and was well received by critics. Sigourney Weaver earned an Emmy nod for her portrayal of Claudia.

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The film serves to deconstruct both the original fairytale and the kid-friendly one. For the kid-friendly version, themes such as rape, incest, murder and discrimination are introduced into the story and the ''Snow White'' fairy tale in quite a new way. The stepmother is given proper motivation Claudia starts off quite willing to kill love her stepdaughter. And would-be daughter. But years of the girl turning away and rebuffing her advances puts a strain on their relationship. It's not until Claudia miscarries that she actually becomes the villain. Many of the more famous revisionist fairy tales likely owe something to this film. Planned for the original, the "princess" isn't the PuritySue she was and also isn't TooDumbToLive from the attempts to kill her. The film got a limited theatrical release in Europe but went straight to television release, it premiered on Creator/{{Showtime}} in the U.S. and was well received by critics. ''Showtime'' instead. Sigourney Weaver earned received an Emmy nod nomination for her portrayal of Claudia.



* AltoVillainess: Played with. Claudia sings in the alto range, but at this point in the film she is not the villain.



* BreakTheHaughty: Lili starts off slightly bratty - though more SpoiledSweet than RichBitch. The haughtiness gets beaten out of her when she's forced to live in the woods.



* CostumePorn

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* CostumePornCostumePorn: Claudia's wardrobe is quite stunning. This is lampshaded by Freideric when Claudia asks why he hasn't commented on her dress - and he remarks that she's always looking splendid.



** "''Mmmm.'' [[ImAHumanitarian Delicious]]."



* DeathOfTheHypotenuse: [[spoiler:Peter.]]

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* DeathOfTheHypotenuse: [[spoiler:Peter.[[spoiler:Peter gets pushed out a window by Claudia just to allow Will and Lilli to end up together.]]



* DeconReconSwitch: The first half hour puts the fairytale in a realistic setting and then, once Lilli is attacked, plays out normally.
** Realism got thrown out of the window even earlier than that, when Lilli's nanny was killed by supernatural force.
* DefrostingIceQueen
* DesignatedGirlFight: Built up throughout the entire film in fact.

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* DeconReconSwitch: The first half hour puts As noted above, the fairytale in a realistic setting and then, once Lilli is attacked, plays out normally.
** Realism got thrown out of the window even
earlier than that, when Lilli's nanny was killed by supernatural force.
* DefrostingIceQueen
* DesignatedGirlFight: Built up throughout
deconstructions of the entire film in fact.fairy tale characters get reconstructed to allow the story to play out normally.



* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Gustav]].
** PsychicAssistedSuicide: [[spoiler: Claudia was making him do it with her magic.]]



* EveryoneHasStandards: The miners are rather mean to Lilli, not feeding her and making her the butt of their jokes, but when Rolf [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil tries to rape her]], they take him up on his suggestion that he should leave--at knifepoint.

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* EveryoneHasStandards: DownerBeginning: The film opens with Frederich and Liliana's carriage crashing in the snow, their driver being eaten by wolves, Liliana being mortally wounded and Frederich having to perform a C-section to save their baby daughter.
* EveryoneHasStandards:
**
The miners are rather mean to Lilli, not feeding her and making her the butt of their jokes, but when Rolf [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil tries to rape her]], they take him up on his suggestion that he should leave--at knifepoint. knifepoint.
** Lilli herself is dismissive to Claudia, but is horrified when she hears that her stepmother is left barren after her miscarriage.



* EvilSoundsDeep[=/=]AltoVillainess: Claudia's speaking voice is notably lower than Lilli's, and her humming and singing are in the alto register.

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* EvilSoundsDeep[=/=]AltoVillainess: EvilSoundsDeep: Claudia's speaking voice is notably lower than Lilli's, and her humming and singing are in the alto register.



* {{Grimmification}}

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* {{Grimmification}}GoodHairEvilHair: Claudia pre-FaceHeelTurn wears her hair in various updos with hair nets and ornaments. After she becomes the villain, it's usually down.
* {{Grimmification}}: The film opens with Snow White's mother having to have the baby cut out of her, the evil queen turns her servants into zombies and Snow White is nearly raped.



* IncestSubtext: Between Claudia and her brother Gustav.
** It's clear Frederich saw his late wife when he danced with Lilli. [[OhCrap So does Claudia.]]

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* IncestSubtext: Between IncestSubtext:
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Claudia and her brother Gustav.
seem very affectionate. After her miscarriage, she holds his face close to hers more like a lover would.
** It's clear that Frederich saw sees his late wife in Lilli when he danced with Lilli. [[OhCrap So does Claudia.]]they dance at the ball.



* IronicEcho: The miners mockingly call Lilli "princess" when she hides with them. Near the end, when she leaves them, one of the miners says "good journey, little princess" as a sign of affection.

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* IronicEcho: IronicEcho:
**
The miners mockingly call Lilli "princess" when she hides with them. Near the end, when she leaves them, one of the miners says "good journey, little princess" as a sign of affection.



* {{Irony}}: Lilli rebuffs Claudia's advances for years until the miscarriage. She tries to patch things up with her afterwards. However the miscarriage is what sends Claudia over the edge and turns her against her stepdaughter.

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* {{Irony}}: {{Irony}}:
**
Lilli rebuffs Claudia's advances for years until the miscarriage. She tries to patch things up with her afterwards. However the miscarriage is what sends Claudia over the edge and turns her against her stepdaughter.



* LowFantasy: Placed in a definite European setting, as there's mentions of Paris. Claudia is the only character with magic, and hers is still limited to what her mirror can give her.



* {{Narcissist}}: Claudia and Lilli. It's understandable because both are stunningly beautiful.



* RageAgainstTheReflection: Both by Lilli and by Claudia.

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* RageAgainstTheReflection: Both by Lilli PrinceCharming: Peter fits the personality but he's just a doctor, as opposed to a prince.
* PsychicAssistedSuicide: When Claudia discovers that Gustav faked Lili's death with a pig's heart, she uses her magic to force him to stab himself.
* RageAgainstTheReflection:
** After her miscarriage, Claudia sees her reflection in the mirror
and snaps.
** [[spoiler: Lili kills Claudia
by Claudia.stabbing her reflection in the magic mirror]].



* SacrificialLamb: Nannau's death in the prologue serves to clue the viewer in that this fairy tale truly is DarkerAndEdgier.



* {{Yandere}}: Claudia

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* {{Yandere}}: ClaudiaClaudia appears to be partially motivated by feeling that Lilli is competition for Frederich's affections.
14th Sep '17 1:42:12 AM robberbaroness
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* BrattyTeenageDaughter: Lilli, as far as Claudia's concerned. She gets better.
14th Sep '17 1:37:36 AM robberbaroness
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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Lilli, after Claudia's miscarriage.


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* RejectedApology: Lilli feels terrible after her stepmother's miscarriage, and apologizes for never accepting her. But it's far too late to reach Claudia now...
12th Feb '17 2:39:05 PM Luigifan
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* AlasPoorVillain: Claudia [[spoiler: dies because she tried to rescue her baby from the fire in the room]]. oh. and really you want punch Lilli in the face for her bitchy attitude towards her stepmother. Holy hell, have you ever seen a WickedStepmother who tried to be nice and motherly to her stepdaughter? Lilli really should have tried to be nicer.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Played with, as Will is considered an outcast by the kingdom because [[spoiler: he wouldn't join the Crusaders and so his family were killed in punishment]].

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* AlasPoorVillain: Claudia [[spoiler: dies [[spoiler:dies because she tried to rescue her baby from the fire in the room]]. oh. and really Oh. And really, you want to punch Lilli in the face for her bitchy attitude towards her stepmother. Holy hell, have you ever seen a WickedStepmother who tried to be nice and motherly to her stepdaughter? Lilli really should have tried to be nicer.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Played with, as Will is considered an outcast by the kingdom because [[spoiler: he [[spoiler:he wouldn't join the Crusaders and so his family were killed in punishment]].



* BadDreams: Will [[spoiler: has nightmares about his family being killed.]]
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Older Lilli's first scene is her wondering what's out in the world beyond her home. Congratulations you get nearly murdered and forced to hide out in the woods with seven outcasts.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Played straight for the first half of the film. Lilli is involved in a cave-in underground and is seen with dirt all over her after they get out, but is perfectly clean the next time we see her. It's implied she washes herself in the stream. Then at the end Claudia cuts her face with a pane of glass.

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* BadDreams: Will [[spoiler: has [[spoiler:has nightmares about his family being killed.]]
killed]].
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Older Lilli's first scene is her wondering what's out in the world beyond her home. Congratulations Congratulations, you get nearly murdered and forced to hide out in the woods with seven outcasts.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Played straight for the first half of the film. Lilli is involved in a cave-in underground and is seen with dirt all over her after they get out, but is perfectly clean the next time we see her. It's implied she washes herself in the stream. Then at the end end, Claudia cuts her face with a pane of glass.



* BirthDeathJuxtaposition: Lilli cries for the first time seconds after her mother dies. Later, Claudia's child is born dead. [[spoiler: Claudia later seeks to reverse this, wanting to kill Friedrich to give her child life.]]

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* BirthDeathJuxtaposition: Lilli cries for the first time seconds after her mother dies. Later, Claudia's child is born dead. [[spoiler: Claudia [[spoiler:Claudia later seeks to reverse this, wanting to kill Friedrich to give her child life.]]



* BrickJoke: A dark example. When discussing Lilli's dress for the ball, Claudia politely asks Lilli's maid to cover her hair. Later on, when she [[spoiler: poisons the soup]] she grabs the maid by the hair and growls "cover your hair!" At the end, when Lilli encounters [[spoiler: the now possessed maid, her hair has been hacked off.]]

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* BrickJoke: A dark example. When discussing Lilli's dress for the ball, Claudia politely asks Lilli's maid to cover her hair. Later on, when she [[spoiler: poisons [[spoiler:poisons the soup]] soup]], she grabs the maid by the hair and growls "cover your hair!" At the end, when Lilli encounters [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the now possessed maid, her hair has been hacked off.]]off]].



* BuyThemOff: Peter's giving money Will and the other miners for their role in protecting Lilli comes across as at least partially an attempt to bribe Will to not pursue Lilli.

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* BuyThemOff: Peter's giving money to Will and the other miners for their role in protecting Lilli comes across as at least partially an attempt to bribe Will to not pursue Lilli.



* DeathOfTheHypotenuse: [[spoiler: Peter]]
* {{Deconstruction}}: Both Lilli and Claudia are deconstructions of the original fairytale characters. Claudia starts out as a loving woman who wants to bond with her new stepdaughter, but Lilli shies away from her and that ends up leading to Claudia's FaceHeelTurn. Also, the miners aren't cheerful dwarves, but outcasts from the kingdom.
* DeconReconSwitch: The first half hour puts the fairytale in a realistic setting and then once Lilli is attacked, plays out normally.

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* DeathOfTheHypotenuse: [[spoiler: Peter]]
[[spoiler:Peter.]]
* {{Deconstruction}}: Both Lilli and Claudia are deconstructions of the original fairytale characters. Claudia starts out as a loving woman who wants to bond with her new stepdaughter, but Lilli shies away from her her, and that ends up leading to Claudia's FaceHeelTurn. Also, the miners aren't cheerful dwarves, but outcasts from the kingdom.
* DeconReconSwitch: The first half hour puts the fairytale in a realistic setting and then then, once Lilli is attacked, plays out normally.
20th Jan '17 8:48:53 PM Mdumas43073
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The film serves to deconstruct both the original fairytale and the kid-friendly one. For the kid-friendly version, themes such as rape, incest, murder and discrimination are introduced into the story and the stepmother is given proper motivation to kill her stepdaughter. And for the original, the "princess" isn't the PuritySue she was and also isn't TooDumbToLive from the attempts to kill her. The film got a limited theatrical release in Europe but went straight to television in America and was well received by critics. Sigourney Weaver earned an Emmy nod for her portrayal of Claudia.

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The film serves to deconstruct both the original fairytale and the kid-friendly one. For the kid-friendly version, themes such as rape, incest, murder and discrimination are introduced into the story and the stepmother is given proper motivation to kill her stepdaughter. And for the original, the "princess" isn't the PuritySue she was and also isn't TooDumbToLive from the attempts to kill her. The film got a limited theatrical release in Europe but went straight to television on Creator/{{Showtime}} in America the U.S. and was well received by critics. Sigourney Weaver earned an Emmy nod for her portrayal of Claudia.
20th Jan '17 8:48:25 PM Mdumas43073
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''Snow White: A Tale of Terror'' is a 1997 adaptation of the [[Literature/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs Snow White]] fairytale, attempting to take the story back to its gothic and grotesque roots. It stars Creator/SigourneyWeaver, Creator/MonicaKeena, Gill Bellows and Creator/SamNeill. The film opens with a carriage accident, fatally wounding the pregnant noblewoman Lilliana Hoffman. Her husband Lord Frederich (Neill) is forced to perform a medieval C-section to save the baby girl, who is named Lilliana after her mother. Seven years later, Lilli's father is to marry another woman, Lady Claudia (Weaver). The new stepmother is a nice woman but Lilli does not like her and turns up her nose at any attempts at friendship Claudia makes. Nine years after that, Claudia suffers a miscarriage and is rendered unable to have other children. She becomes convinced that Lilli is her enemy and tries to have her killed. Lilli escapes into the forest and hides out with seven gold miners, outcasts from the kingdom.

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''Snow White: A Tale of Terror'' is a 1997 MadeForTVMovie adaptation of the [[Literature/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs Snow White]] fairytale, attempting to take the story back to its gothic and grotesque roots. It stars Creator/SigourneyWeaver, Creator/MonicaKeena, Gill Bellows and Creator/SamNeill.

The film opens with a carriage accident, fatally wounding the pregnant noblewoman Lilliana Hoffman. Her husband Lord Frederich (Neill) is forced to perform a medieval C-section to save the baby girl, who is named Lilliana after her mother. Seven years later, Lilli's father is to marry another woman, Lady Claudia (Weaver). The new stepmother is a nice woman but Lilli does not like her and turns up her nose at any attempts at friendship Claudia makes. Nine years after that, Claudia suffers a miscarriage and is rendered unable to have other children. She becomes convinced that Lilli is her enemy and tries to have her killed. Lilli escapes into the forest and hides out with seven gold miners, outcasts from the kingdom.
18th Nov '16 9:19:02 PM captainpat
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* WomanInBlack: Claudia tends to wear black when she is doing witchcraft. The most noteworthy instance, though, is when she is disguised as a crone, especially as she is sitting next to Lilli who is wearing white.
17th Apr '16 8:38:30 AM Zark
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** Realism got thrown out of the window even earlier than that, when Lilli's nanny was killed by supernatural force.
27th Aug '14 3:12:32 PM Brontesaurus
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* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: Mostly averted. Claudia forces herself on an injured Friederich as part of a spell. He doesn't seem to mind but it still technically counts as MaritalRape. But it's presented as a sign of Claudia's villainy and provides no Fanservice.

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* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: Mostly averted. Claudia forces herself on an injured Friederich as part of a spell. He doesn't seem to mind but it still technically counts as MaritalRape.MaritalRapeLicense. But it's presented as a sign of Claudia's villainy and provides no Fanservice.
15th Aug '14 4:05:17 AM Morgenthaler
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''Snow White: A Tale of Terror'' is a 1997 adaptation of the [[Literature/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs Snow White]] fairytale, attempting to take the story back to its gothic and grotesque roots. It stars Creator/SigourneyWeaver, MonicaKeena, Gill Bellows and Sam Neill. The film opens with a carriage accident, fatally wounding the pregnant noblewoman Lilliana Hoffman. Her husband Lord Frederich (Neill) is forced to perform a medieval C-section to save the baby girl, who is named Lilliana after her mother. Seven years later, Lilli's father is to marry another woman, Lady Claudia (Weaver). The new stepmother is a nice woman but Lilli does not like her and turns up her nose at any attempts at friendship Claudia makes. Nine years after that, Claudia suffers a miscarriage and is rendered unable to have other children. She becomes convinced that Lilli is her enemy and tries to have her killed. Lilli escapes into the forest and hides out with seven gold miners, outcasts from the kingdom.

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''Snow White: A Tale of Terror'' is a 1997 adaptation of the [[Literature/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs Snow White]] fairytale, attempting to take the story back to its gothic and grotesque roots. It stars Creator/SigourneyWeaver, MonicaKeena, Creator/MonicaKeena, Gill Bellows and Sam Neill.Creator/SamNeill. The film opens with a carriage accident, fatally wounding the pregnant noblewoman Lilliana Hoffman. Her husband Lord Frederich (Neill) is forced to perform a medieval C-section to save the baby girl, who is named Lilliana after her mother. Seven years later, Lilli's father is to marry another woman, Lady Claudia (Weaver). The new stepmother is a nice woman but Lilli does not like her and turns up her nose at any attempts at friendship Claudia makes. Nine years after that, Claudia suffers a miscarriage and is rendered unable to have other children. She becomes convinced that Lilli is her enemy and tries to have her killed. Lilli escapes into the forest and hides out with seven gold miners, outcasts from the kingdom.
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