Snow White: A Tale of Terror
This horror twist on a fairy tale classic declares itself far removed from its Disney counterpart straight away, with Snow White’s father brutally performing a cesarean section on his dying wife to save his child. The film also imbues its wicked stepmother, Claudia (Sigourney Weaver), with a lot more sympathy as she tries again and again to bond with her stepdaughter to no avail. Also starring Sam Neill and Monica Keena, this take on Snow White is steeped in blood, sex, death, and Satanic ritual.
The original Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, The Little Mermaid, wasn’t quite the uplifting story it’s been made out to be in recent decades, and Agnieszka Smoczynska’s feature debut sticks true to the origin story while setting it in a 1980s Polish cabaret. Mermaid sisters Golden and Silver come to shore and fall right in with a nightclub’s house band. One falls in love, the other lusts for human flesh, but both become rising stars. It’s a genre-bender unafraid to get weird, bloody, or tragic.