All editions from Universal are now out-of-print as distribution company Fabulous Films currently acquire ownership rights for distribution in the United Kingdom. She's placed in a stained-glass coffin and lowered into the ground, but the agonized Will, who's fallen in love with her, lifts her from the coffin and a piece of apple falls from her mouth. Doctor Gutenberg informs Frederick that although Claudia is perfectly healthy she can never have another child. Whirling in a black gown, Claudia conjures a wind that strikes the forest; giant trees topple all around Lilli and the men, killing Lars, but Lilli still lives. Will finds Lilli seemingly dead on the ground from a bite of the apple. Lilli is walking near the forest when Claudia's mute brother Gustav draws a knife and chases the frightened young woman into the forest. On the Hoffmans' wedding night, Lilli runs from her nursemaid and hides under Claudia's bed.
Her father Frederick ever reliable Sam Neill ultimately remarries, to the seemingly well meaning Lady Claudia a vampy Sigourney Weaver. Claudia again uses witchcraft to lure Lilli to her death by summoning a gale to knock down the trees and crush her to death. In the castle, Claudia takes Frederick to the chapel, wherein the castle staff appear mindlessly worshipping, ties him to a crucifix and suspends it upside down and prepares to exsanguinate him in a crude Satanic ritual. The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. When young Lillian's mother dies during childbirth, her father soon remarries the well-intentioned Lady Claudia. Later, Frederick and some men search for Lilli in the rainy forest.
However, Claudia's heart is ruled not by her husband, but by an evil mirror with the power to make Claudia Queen over all living things - until they are dead. Her Old Woman is wonderful, and reminds me of the Old Hag from Disney's Snow White. However, Claudia's heart is ruled not by her husband, but by an evil mirror with the power to make Claudia Queen over all living things - until they are dead. Despite Claudia's kindness to her, Lilli is jealous and resentful towards her new stepmother. Sigourney takes the opportunity to do some welcome - and not exactly inappropriate - scenery chewing. It's a shame this attractive, imaginative film didn't have any theatrical release in the United States; originality, especially in a field as well-ploughed as fairy tales, should be encouraged. However, when she coughs up the boar's blood she realises that Gustav has failed her.
People should know right up front what they're getting into. This movie is based somewhat more authentically on the Grimm Brothers' story of a young woman who is unliked by her stepmother. There's things happening in the movie that are there for the effect, but are not explained satisfactory, like the wolves in the opening scene and the zombie maid? In the forest, while the four remaining miners mourn their losses, Lilli notices Will's scars, inflicted by. Lilli stabs not Claudia but her mirror image. Having fallen in love, the two share a kiss. The manuscript isn't very good.
She determines to rid herself of Lilli. Doctor Gutenberg returns to the castle to find it almost abandoned save for Claudia who in an attempt to get rid of him, seduces and pleads with him to find Lilli. It's definitely a Snow White for the adults in the family, presented as a 1990s update of a Hammer type Gothic horror film. Claudia becomes distracted by her son's distress allowing Lilli to grab a dagger and stabs the mirror wounding both Claudia and her reflection. Transported to Lilli's refuge, she deceives her into accepting the apple, which puts her into a deathlike state.
The acting is mostly sturdy. She finds Claudia cradling her newly revived but weak baby. Lilli then proceeds to confront her stepmother. Monica Keena is Lilli Hoffman, a young woman whose mother died in childbirth after a bad roadside accident. Will , scarred during the Crusades, is around Lilli's own age and resents her presence, but the older Lars is friendlier to her. Distraught, she is soon corrupted by the power of the mirror.
Dr Gutenberg proposes to Lilli which she happily accepts and he goes to ask for her father's consent. Also the dialogue is rather stupid. The original music score was composed by. While waiting for him, she is confronted by Claudia's brother, Gustav who tries to kill her as per Claudia's orders but she escapes deep into the woods. On the night of a ball, Claudia now pregnant with Lilli's half brother, gives her a gown to wear at the ball that belonged to her as a child.
Will notices that her eyes have opened and pulls Lilli's body from the coffin, and shakes her as he commands her to breathe, dislodging the piece of apple that had been stuck in her throat. Based somewhat more authentically on the Grimm Brothers' story of a young woman who is unliked by her stepmother, the film includes the talking mirror, a poisoned apple, and some ruffian gold not diamond miners and they aren't dwarfs or cute. Synopsis This movie is based somewhat more authentically on the Grimm Brothers' story of a young woman who is unliked by her stepmother. It's appropriately moody, and gloomy, with vivid on location filming in the Czech Republic, a passable effort at emulating the period, and cinematography by Mike Southon that is wise to never, ever get too bright or colorful. Plot: good versus evil, rescue, palaces castles and temples, witch, magic, danger, betrayal, pregnancy, murder, mirror, fantasy world, jealousy, apple, castle, fairy, family relations, supernatural ability, mute or deaf, babies and infants, social misfits, curses spells and rituals, siblings relations, woman in danger, nobility, dark fantasy.