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Old 11-03-2003, 12:25   #1
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Fairy Tales in Horror Movies?

My sister has to write an essay on the use of Fairy Tales in horror movies. Any ideas of good examples?

At the moment I have

Blair Witch Project
Company of Wolves
Chinese Ghost Story

and pretty much every David Lynch film

Can anyone else help?
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Old 11-03-2003, 12:38   #2
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there was the snow white horror that had Sigourney weaver in!
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Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Old house, curious children etc, etc. Grandma and grandpaw?

Many elements of the classic fairytale here, and there is a splendid essay on the subject in the first issue of the journal Necronomicon. Can't remember who its by, but its only a few pages long and can easily be copied and posted if that would be useful?

It's very academic and abstract if I recall correctly, but would, I am sure be useful?

Just looked and found this link to it, but I can't seem to make it work! It's by Mikita Brottman, BTW.

http://www.screamtelevision.ca/essay...per_essay2.asp

And this might be useful too.

http://www.horrortheory.com/search_site.html

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there was the snow white horror that had Sigourney weaver in!
Did think of that one too but probably not 'academic' enough

Actually it would be quite funny if she wrote the whole essay on Straight to Video horror flicks, as I'm sure there must be loads of Little Red Evil Hood or whatever films out there on video shelves

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The article certainly sounds very useful. I'll let her know about it as she may be able to get it through the library at Uni to save you having to scan it in. Thanks for the offer.

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do they have to be 'official' fairy tails, i.e., well known, real world ones, or is it ok for the film to make use of it's own fairy tail?

an example of the latter case might be Clive Barker's Candyman (although i haven't actually seen it yet) which uses the idea of the Candyman coming to get you if you say his name three times in front of the mirror or whatever it is...
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Did think of that one too but probably not 'academic' enough

Actually it would be quite funny if she wrote the whole essay on Straight to Video horror flicks, as I'm sure there must be loads of Little Red Evil Hood or whatever films out there on video shelves



The article certainly sounds very useful. I'll let her know about it as she may be able to get it through the library at Uni to save you having to scan it in. Thanks for the offer.

Can't scan it, but happy to post!

Uni Library though, might have it esp if there is a big media dept. I will post full reference deatails for it here later. (When I get home and find it!)

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Candyman would be a good one, Blair Witch Project.

When you think about it, most fairytales have a horror, or at least 'perilous' aspect to them, and horror films just build upon this, really.

The old spooky house is a staple of both genres. And witches/evil step parents/boogeymen etc.

Stephen Kings Danse Macarbe would be a useful starting point, as there is a chapter in that about fairytales as well, if I remember right.
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I seem to remember an 80's video nastie that was based on fairy tales....
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hmm.. Wishmaster?

(if the genie-in-a-bottle thing can be classed as a fairy tale)
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Company of Wolves is a perfect example - using the Little Red Riding Hood story as a background.
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Deep In The Woods uses a number of them. It really depends on what you mean by Fairy Tales. Do you just mean such things as written by The Brothers Grim, or do you mean folk tales in general? If so, you can most likely include many more.

It's also worth checking out publications like Slimetime, as I know for a fact that there were tons of sleazy sex-horror versions of fairy tales.
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Seems that they have Necronomicon in her Uni library so I will get her to check out the article. Certainly sounds like an ideal resource.

Ironic that when you search for Mikita Brottman on Google a Banner Ad comes up for Makita power tools

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Do you just mean such things as written by The Brothers Grim, or do you mean folk tales in general?
I think the main purpose is to be Brother Grimm type tale, but I'm sure she will be able to expand it to take in folk tales in general

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Excellent, I remember that essay was really interesting.
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Ironic that when you search for Mikita Brottman on Google a Banner Ad comes up for Makita power tools
...OT: I (easily!) found this review of MB's Hollywood Hex on my favourite search engine...

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As suspected, Stephen King's Danse Macarbe has quite a few references to fairy tales/horror crossover. It's a good read and easily dipped into.

Best one I could find, though, is Necronomicon Book One, Edited by Andy Black, Creation Books, 1996. Essay entitled "Once Upon a Time in Texas: TCM as inverted fairytale" by Mikita Brottman. It's quite detailed and includes excellent analysis of the tropes of fairytales and relates them to TCM and can easily be extended into nearly all types of horror film.

As I said, I am quite happy to photocopy and post to you if the Library does not have a copy. Email if this is the case.
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Wes Craven's New Nightmare used the story of Hansel and Gretel to great effect.
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I seem to remember an 80's video nastie that was based on fairy tales....
Freaky Fairy Tales (aka Deadtime Stories in the USA) maybe?

One of my all-time favourites, still got it on a ropey vhs copy but no sign of a dvd release as it's universally panned by pretty much all the world except me! Three stories (all linked by an uncle babysitting his nephew who is convinced there's something in his room), first about witches, the second based on red riding hood, the third very loosely themed around goldilocks. Love this film - it's fantastic, has some very funny lines and some reasonable effects with a corking theme tune too.
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Actually when you consider it, almost every horror movie has elements of at least one Fairytale.
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