Fairy Tale Movies—With a Twist

Posted 08/03/2011


Fairy Tale Movies—With a Twist
Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke's latest movie, Red Riding Hood, looks like a very sexy update of the classic we all know and love. It got us thinking about some of our other favourite films that revamped the seemingly harmless fairy tales we read as a child.

Here is our Top 5 list of Fairy Tale Movies—With a Twist!

Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
Not based on any specific tale, but Guillermo del Toro's breakout movie tells the story of a lonely girl living in Fascist Spain. As she escapes the tyranny of her stepfather, she enters a vivid fantasy world where she meets magical creatures, benevolent and evil alike. Is anyone likely to forget the scene with the multi-eyed monster anytime soon? We think not!

Beauty and the Beast (Disney - 1991)
Of course, Disney is the premiere studio for revitalizing old fairy tales. Everything from Snow White to Cinderella, Aladdin to The Little Mermaid has gotten the Disney touch and introduced generation upon generation to these age-old classics. We're partial to 1991's Beauty and the Beast as a standout favourite. Besides great songs and adorable sidekick characters, this film tugs at our heartstrings just a bit more than the others with its outstanding messages of love and inner beauty.

Beauty and the Beast (Cocteau - 1946)
On the other end of the spectrum, you have this 1946 French classic from legendary director Jean Cocteau. Filmed in black and white and filled with early special effects, the film creates a delightfully dark and gothic atmosphere that you'd be hard-placed to top. In fact, the Beast's whispered lamentations for "La Belle" will probably haunt your dreams for a while!

Enchanted (2007)
Who better to send up the classic Disney princess than Disney itself? In this story, Giselle is a cartoon princess who gets tricked by a wicked witch into entering the decidedly unmagical New York City. Amy Adams takes over from there, masterfully creating a character who is eminently loveable in her ridiculous cheerfulness and naïveté. If she can get Patrick Dempsey to fall in love with her, she's certainly got us!

Shrek (2001)
This mega-hit franchise wasn't just based on one fairy tale—it was based on all of them! Cleverly parodying the characters and world of classic children's stories, the original film about the ugly green ogre was a laugh-a-minute for both kids and adults.