Film: Rumpelstiltskin

This ain't no fairy tale.

"I smell a baby... smells a lot like a baby named Johnny!"

Rumpelstiltskin is a 1995 horror film by Mark Jones and it stars Max Grodénchik and Kim Johnston Ulrich. It was directed by Mark Jones, the man responsible for the Leprechaun series.

Much like his green counterpart, Rumpelstiltskin is a Darker and Edgier take on the fairy tale. He grants wishes to those with newborn and takes the babies for their souls.

The film opens in 15th century, where Rumpelstiltskin's baby-exchange deal has gone sour and is imprisoned inside a statue by a witch. He is then brought back to the present (The Nineties) by a mourning widow who accidentally makes a wish (while holding the statue) to bring back her gunned down police husband. Carnage ensues.

Has the examples of:

  • Kill It with Fire: Burning straw is used against Rumpelstilstkin
  • Kryptonite Factor: Fire and straw to Rumpelstiltskin. Straw is even referred to be "like kryptonite".
  • Losing Your Head: Complete with the "body blindly searching for its head" gag.
  • Mama Bear: The instant when Rumpelstiltskin confronts Shelley about giving him the baby she starts dishing out the pain.
    • To make this clear, she starts out just wacking him with a broom. When it snaps, she shoves the handle down his throat. She also cuts off several of his fingers and stabs him in the head. Oh, and kicks him in the balls. And runs him over. All of this is on his first appearence, and she does spend more of the more doing the usual scream and run away thing after that, but it is a pretty awesome sight.
  • Neck Snap: Hildy's death.
  • Off with His Head!: Trucker's death.
  • Ominous Fog: It starts circling Rumpelstiltskin when he starts prematurely celebrating his victory at the graveyard.
  • Self Plagiarism: Mark Jones has a thing for shorter villains.
  • Shower Scene: Subverted. As Shelly approaches the shower to be with her resurrected husband, Rumplestiltskin suddenly appears in his place.