Movies For Grown Ups Based on Fairy Tales

A Listmania! list by Lostgirl
The list author says: "People tend to associate fairy tale movies with Disney. But fairy tales can be dark, scary, subversive, romantic or funny... All qualities that adults appriciate in a movie. These movies are based on classic fairy tales but are definitely not for kids!"
Freeway
1.  Freeway DVD ~ Reese Witherspoon
The list author says:
  "This is a twisted, updated "Red Riding Hood" story about a teen runway looking for her long lost grandmother, and the serial killer she encounters along the way."
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Hard Candy
2.  Hard Candy DVD ~ Patrick Wilson
The list author says:
  "If "Freeway" is a twisted take on "Red Riding Hood", then "Hard Candy" is a corkscrewed tale of Red Riding Hood turing the tables on the Big Bad Wolf."
$5.50   Used & New from: $0.01
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (384 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

The Company of Wolves
3.  The Company of Wolves DVD ~ Sarah Patterson
The list author says:
  "Based on the short stories of Angela Carter, this "Red Riding Hood" story incorporates a few other fairy tales and is very sexy and scary."
$19.49   Used & New from: $15.90
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Rotkäppchen: The Blood of Red Riding Hood
4.  Rotkäppchen: The Blood of Red Riding Hood DVD ~ Stefanie Geils
The list author says:
  "Very sexual, gory slasher movie, modern version of the "Red Riding Hood" story."
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3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Little Erin Merryweather
5.  Little Erin Merryweather DVD ~ David Morwick
The list author says:
  "Another horror version of Red Riding Hood set on a college campus"
$18.99   Used & New from: $0.18
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade (Special Edition)
6.  Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade (Special Edition) DVD ~ Yoshikazu Fujiki
The list author says:
  "Modern, violent anime variation on "Red Riding Hood""
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (162 customer reviews)

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Red Riding Hood
7.  Red Riding Hood DVD ~ Amanda Seyfried
The list author says:
  "A Red Riding Hood tale set in the middle ages where a small, European village is plagued by a werewolf."
$5.00   Used & New from: $0.01
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (501 customer reviews)

Beauty and The Beast (The Criterion Collection)
8.  Beauty and The Beast (The Criterion Collection) DVD ~ Jean Marais
The list author says:
  "Jean Cocteau's 1946 "Beauty and the Beast" film isn't inappropriate for younger viewers but has some subtexts that older viewers might find intersting."
$26.99   Used & New from: $22.73
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (235 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Edward Scissorhands (Widescreen Anniversary Edition)
9.  Edward Scissorhands (Widescreen Anniversary Edition) DVD ~ Johnny Depp
The list author says:
  "Tim Burton's haunting romantic fairy tale is very strongly influenced by "Beauty and the Beast"."
$9.95   Used & New from: $0.01
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (667 customer reviews) | 4 customer discussions

The Phantom of the Opera (Widescreen Edition)
10.  The Phantom of the Opera (Widescreen Edition) DVD ~ Gerard Butler
The list author says:
  "Any "Phantom" movie has strong parallels the the "Beauty and the Beast" story. I just put this one on the list because director Joel Schumaker makes strong visual references to Cocteau's "Beauty and the Beast"."
$4.50   Used & New from: $1.99
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,629 customer reviews) | 6 customer discussions

Blood of Beasts
11.  Blood of Beasts DVD ~ Etienne Changuion
The list author says:
  "This made for TV science fiction movie gives "Beauty and the Beast" a Viking setting."
$9.21   Used & New from: $0.56
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

No Such Thing
12.  No Such Thing DVD ~ Sarah Polley
The list author says:
  "Another sci-fi take on "Beauty and the Beast", which shows what might happen if the unscrupulous media got word of the Beast."
$4.61   Used & New from: $0.61
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)

Meridian: Kiss of the Beast [Region 2]
13.  Meridian: Kiss of the Beast [Region 2] DVD ~ Sherilyn Fenn
The list author says:
  "Erotic horror version of "Beauty and the Beast""
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2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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Beastly
14.  Beastly DVD ~ Vanessa Hudgens
The list author says:
  "A modern day Beauty and the Beast featuring wealthy NYC teens."
$7.96   Used & New from: $0.96
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (266 customer reviews)

Suspiria (Two-Disc Special Edition)
15.  Suspiria (Two-Disc Special Edition) DVD ~ Jessica Harper
The list author says:
  "Dario Argtento's horror flick is a twisted "Snow White" story that visually references Walt Disney's version!"
$12.90   Used & New from: $6.86
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (477 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

Snow White: A Tale of Terror
16.  Snow White: A Tale of Terror DVD ~ Sigourney Weaver
The list author says:
  "A very dark made for TV version of "Snow White" with Sigourney Weaver as the (very!) wicked queen."
$7.60   Used & New from: $1.48
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)

Ball of Fire
17.  Ball of Fire DVD ~ Gary Cooper
The list author says:
  ""Snow White" as a 1940's era screwball romantic comedy."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)

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Secret Beyond the Door [VHS]
18.  Secret Beyond the Door [VHS] VHS Joan Bennett
The list author says:
  "Fritz Lang's "Bluebeard" tale."
$25.00   Used & New from: $2.10
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

Bluebeard
19.  Bluebeard DVD ~ Dominique Thomas
The list author says:
  "A French feminist take on "Bluebeard" that also has an interesting parallel story in modern times."
$16.29   Used & New from: $3.98
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

Bluebeard
20.  Bluebeard DVD ~ Richard Burton
The list author says:
  ""Bluebeard" reimagined as a WWI era  pilot/ladykiller."
$54.99   Used & New from: $29.95
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Freeway 2: Confessions of a Trickbaby
21.  Freeway 2: Confessions of a Trickbaby DVD ~ Natasha Lyonne
The list author says:
  "This stand alone sequel to "Freeway" takes on a new fairy tale: "Hansel and Gretel"."
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3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

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What's the Matter with Helen?/Whoever Slew Auntie Roo? (Midnite Movies Double Feature)
22.  What's the Matter with Helen?/Whoever Slew Auntie Roo? (Midnite Movies Double Feature) DVD ~ Debbie Reynolds
The list author says:
  ""Whoever Slew Auntie Roo" is a "Hansel and Gretel" story about two British orphans pitted against a "charitable widow" who is more unhinged than she lets on."
$4.31   Used & New from: $0.31
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

Running Scared
23.  Running Scared DVD ~ Paul Walker
The list author says:
  "This gives "Hansel and Gretel" a gritty, crime movie setting while not sacrificing the fairy tale feel."
$4.92   Used & New from: $0.01
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (322 customer reviews)

Hansel & Gretel [Region 2]
24.  Hansel & Gretel [Region 2] DVD ~ Jeong-myeong Cheon
The list author says:
  "A stranded traveller is brought to a very creepy house, and learns that candy coated exterior can hide something sinister in this Korean film inspired by "Hansel and Gretel""
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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The Red Shoes - Criterion Collection
25.  The Red Shoes - Criterion Collection DVD ~ Moira Shearer
The list author says:
  "Hans Christian Anderson's story  "The Red Shoes" is reimagined as a tale of a ballerina torn between romance and dancing."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (186 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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The Red Shoes
26.  The Red Shoes DVD ~ Hye-su Kim
The list author says:
  ""The Red Shoes" gets a contemporary Asian horror movie treatment."
$12.99   Used & New from: $4.56
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Sweet Hereafter
27.  The Sweet Hereafter DVD ~ Ian Holm
The list author says:
  "A tragic reimagining of "The Pied Piper""
$25.40   Used & New from: $4.88
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (159 customer reviews)

Splash (20th Anniversary Edition)
28.  Splash (20th Anniversary Edition) DVD ~ Tom Hanks
The list author says:
  ""The Little Mermaid" as a romantic comedy"
$5.29   Used & New from: $1.98
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (287 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Ondine
29.  Ondine DVD ~ Colin Farrell
The list author says:
  "Contemporary reimagining of "The Seal Bride", with some of "The Little Mermaid" thrown in"
$8.96   Used & New from: $1.01
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (220 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Black Swan
30.  Black Swan DVD ~ Natalie Portman
The list author says:
  "This film, set in the cuthroat world of professional ballet, retells Hans Christian Anderson's "Swan Lake" from the perspective of a psychologically unstable ballerina."
$6.81   Used & New from: $1.55
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (895 customer reviews) | 9 customer discussions

Donkey Skin
31.  Donkey Skin DVD ~ Georges Adet
The list author says:
  "Jaques Demy's surreal musical film is based on the story "Donkey Skin" which is pretty disturbing!"
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Ever After - A Cinderella Story
32.  Ever After - A Cinderella Story DVD ~ Drew Barrymore
The list author says:
  "A feminist "Cinderella" given a historical context."
$5.64   Used & New from: $0.86
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,880 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Cinderella
33.  Cinderella DVD ~ Ah-yung Ahn
The list author says:
  "A Korean horror film that tells a twisted modern Cinderella story."
$13.71   Used & New from: $2.44
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

Carrie (Special Edition)
34.  Carrie (Special Edition) DVD ~ Sissy Spacek
The list author says:
  "A case could be made that Carrie is a Cinderella story as seen through the eyes of Stephen King."
$6.59   Used & New from: $0.95
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (559 customer reviews) | 8 customer discussions

Some Call It Loving
35.  Some Call It Loving VHS James B. Harris
The list author says:
  "A woman who has been asleep for eight years is bought from a carnival by a lonley man in this "Sleeping Beauty" tale."
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5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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Elvis & Anabelle
36.  Elvis & Anabelle DVD ~ Max Minghella
The list author says:
  "A beauty queen dies just after being crowned Miss Texas Rose. But when a smitten undertaker gives her a chaste peck prior to embalming, she wakes up igniting a media frenzy in this Sleeping Beauty-esque romantic comedy."
$4.89   Used & New from: $0.90
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Sleeping Beauty
37.  Sleeping Beauty DVD Emily Browning
The list author says:
  "An apathetic college student joins an organization of girls who agree to be loaned out to men while under sedation. However as time goes on, our heroine discovers she wants to know what's happening while she's asleep. Disturbing, sexual, and definitely not for kids."
$3.99
2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (262 customer reviews)

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