This Gothic retelling of the immortal fable stars a wickedly wonderful Sigourney Weaver as vain noblewoman Claudia Hoffman, who — threatened by the presence and beauty of stepdaughter Lilly (Monica Keena) — tries to dispatch her rival by invoking the black arts. In place of the seven dwarfs are seven cranky misfits — including a sullen miner (Gil Bellows) with eyes for Lilly — who reluctantly take the girl under their collective wing.
An amiable attempt to return the Grimm brothers' iconic tale to its gothic roots, even if it is a bit hokey at times. Strong performances - Sigourney Weaver as the evil queen is particularly memorable, but the characters and plot are underdeveloped. And though some of the attempts to darken the material were effective, it did seem to be pulling its punches at times. A decent watch, but not what it could have been.