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 — tries to dispatch her rival by invoking the black arts.
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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.
Generally awful, looks like it was filmed on a very small budget. Hideously cheap costume and bad acting. Sigourney Weaver is the only saving grace here. Her wicked and corrupt stepmother character saves the day, being hideous and malicious in superb fashion.
Some nice scenes and visuals at times, but overall this film is pretty weak and suffers from unconvincing actors. It hasn't aged well either and looks dated.
Surprisingly effective. Goes into overkill halfway through, and becomes horror-kitsch. But a very solid setting-up of characters and empathy for the antagonist. The camera loves Monika Keena in this film. It's hard to take your eyes off the fresh, youthful beauty of her face. Indeed, she's the ultimate Snow White, as Weaver is the ultimate queen. If only she hadn't been reduced to a horror caricature by the end.