Schneewittchen (1997)

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Schneewittchen: Directed by Michael Cohn. With Sigourney Weaver, Sam Neill, Gil Bellows, Taryn Davis. In this dark take on the fairy tale, the growing hatred of a noblewoman, secretly a practitioner of the dark arts, for her stepdaughter, and the witch’s horrifying attempts to kill her.

“A wealthy man (Sam Neill) remarries years after his first wife dies during childbirth. However, the new wife (Sigourney Weaver) despises her stepchild and the daughter (played by the lovely Monica Keena) is forced to flee into the woods where she befriends seven miners (not dwarfs). Will the stepmother get away with her wickedness? My friend Jason had been suggesting we watch this film for a while and I couldnu0026#39;t bring myself to do it. With the movie being based on Snow White and the silly cover photograph, this just didnu0026#39;t seem like a decent horror film. And I know Sam Neill makes some decent horror appearances, but Sigourney Weaver? Come on! Then when I saw Monica Keena was in it (who I know from u0026quot;Dawsonu0026#39;s Creeku0026quot; but many horror fans will know her from u0026quot;Freddy vs. Jasonu0026quot;) I couldnu0026#39;t get the DVD in the slot fast enough.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThis film comes from director Michael Cohn, whom Iu0026#39;ve never heard of and I suspect neither have you. And despite his relative obscurity (ten years later and I still havenu0026#39;t seen anything else heu0026#39;s done) he can weave a very well-visualized tale. The man has a knack for the realm of fantasy.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThis really is the filmu0026#39;s strength. We are treated to a land of fantasy with witches and magic mirrors, but there is no silliness about it. This is not a kidu0026#39;s tale like u0026quot;Labrynthu0026quot; or u0026quot;The Dark Crystalu0026quot;, but something much more adult and terrifying. There is even a scene where — dare I say it — we get hints of rape.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eAll the acting is strong, which should come as no surprise. Keena is great, and Sam Neill really cannot do a bad job acting even if he wanted to as far as I can tell. The effects were fine, the music was alright, and there was a scene where a horse did a back-flip, which was pretty intense. Donu0026#39;t be discouraged like I was about the title, this is a horror film worth seeing and a nice change of pace from the usual modern-day fare.”


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