5 Films * Twisted Tales

 Subverted, satirical or just plain strange, these films all include a new take on elements of Fairy Tales.

1) The Princess Bride

Endlessly quotable, Rob Reiner’s cult comedy plays with all the fairy tale traditions. Buttercup faces pirates, giants, riddles and Rodents of Unusual Size.

princess bride

Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya

2) Pan’s Labyrinth

Guillermo Del Toro’s dark Spanish Civil War family drama is juxtaposed by flights into the realm of magic. Touching, violent and beautiful.


There lived a Princess who dreamed of the human world…

3) Hard Candy

NOT for children, but uses Little Red Riding Hood imagery and dark subversion of the plot. Not for the faint hearted.

Juno as you’ve never seen her before

4) Black Swan

Darren Aronofsky’s dark fable references Dario Argento’s 1970 kitsch horror ‘Suspiria’. Includes frightening mother and transformation and a lot of ballet.


Swan Queen Natalie Portman

 5) The Dark Crystal

Jen is on a quest to heal the dark crystal. Definitely the oddest of the bunch, this puppet epic from Jim Henson and Frank Oz is full of  weirdness and wonder.



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