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mary lou 102
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(12/19/06 4:45 pm)

Snow White- A Horror Film
Hello all,

My company Golden Films/Macabre Pictures has optioned a rough treatment to a horror version of the story Snow White. It's not very traditional. I'd think this was the right place to post it and get some interesting ideas about things to add, explain, or change.

So here's a synopsis of the story:

On his way back from a late night study session with his fellow students, folklore student Carter Phillips nearly runs over a hysterical 12 year old girl anmed Bianca. After some hospital tests, Carter takes Bianca in and lets her recover, while he tries to find a suitable foster home for her. Bianca refuses to go anywhere near her home for fear of being killed.

Almost as soon as Bianca enters Carter's life, strange "accidents" and brutal murders begin to kill off his friends and anyone else who comes close to unraveling the secret of Bianca.

With some research, Carter finds similarities with Bianca's family and the fictional family in the fairy tale Snow White. With time running out, a deadly person from Bianca's past is out to get her, and only Carter can save her.


Are there any directiosn you think this should go? The treatment was pretty much that. It never goes into detail. We're still in the early scripting phases and need some input on what might be frightening and inventive to include or any special twists, etc.

Thank you for your time. Any input will be very much appreciated.

Gardner Productions
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(12/20/06 1:29 am)


Re: Snow White- A Horror Film
I think this is a really great idea and I am also doing a fairytale film (Cinderella, however). I think that you should definately watch "Snow White: A Tale of Terror" with Sigorney Weaver.. that might be a good start. I'm not the best horror filmmaker and most of my research has been done on Cinderella. However, If you watch that movie, (and possibly read Grimm's Fairytales- not sure if they have Snow White, but they can certainly be violent and controversial) it may help you! Good luck, and keep me informed, it sounds like an interesting project.

mary lou 102
Registered User
(12/20/06 1:09 pm)

A Tale of terror
yes, I have done both. A Tale of Terror is a very good film. This film, though, is taking place in present day with a sort of Stepford Wives/Rosemary's Baby posession/cult thing going on.


My company has also optioned two fairy tale film script(which are actually complete). We have Hansel and Gretel, and just like you, Cinderella. That script is like a huge, futuristic mix of drama, horror, comedy, and musical.

I love your ideas for your film though. I wish you the very best on your film and hope all goes well.

Gardner Productions
Registered User
(12/21/06 1:49 am)

Re: A Tale of terror
Gah! I am so jealous that you are done with your script(s)! It is so hard to find the time to write! Good luck!

mary lou 102
Registered User
(12/21/06 11:19 am)

Writing Time!
Yes, that is the difficult part. It's usally best to write a treatment, detailing every plot device and turn that you will take. It's more of a long short sotry of sorts. It's written in prose. Well, it's really like a very long, spoiler filled, plot synopsis.

That usually helps, because then you know just what you need to write to get from point A to B. If you find yourself bored in ameeting or a classroom, it can cure that sas well. Just start writing a treatment, coming up with new ideas.

I've made one very well recieved film called North Woods, which is about to fun the film fesitvals during Halloween next year. It went throuhg many different drafts, re writes, and MANY re-shoots. I've learned a lot from it. Mainly, you must always be open for critique and and changes. The original script for North Woods has about 4 of the characters in the finished film. We had to add in characters, change them around, etc. It can get hectic, but it's always worth it in the end. The test screening is a great tool as well. If you've shot the film and has assembled a rough cut, with temp music, etc. it's always the best thing to do. Ther'es no point in wasting time and money to market and release it, if it doesn't please an audiance.

Gardner Productions
Registered User
(12/21/06 2:18 pm)

Re: Snow White- A Horror Film
Yeah, I have that treatment in my head perfectly but when it comes to writing it down I just can't. I'm going to sit down and do it really soon because I really need to organize my thoughts before I lose them. The script is what I'm apprehensive about because you need dialogue, and I'm afraid that if I write the dialogue it will sound corny. haha

mary lou 102
Registered User
(12/21/06 9:53 pm)

Dialouge!
well, it also depends on who your target audiance is. Kids will be much more accepting, possibly not even care if your dialouge sounds corny. An adult audiance will loath it though.

I've found that the best family/children's films never write with only children in mind. They don't condescend to a child's level or what they "think" a child wants to see and hear. That's oen of my complaints with modern children's television. It's dull, silly, and never interesting. Back when I was growing up (man I sound old!), children's programing had some smarts and wit. Now, I see mind melting T.V. shows for kids that are just too sweet, corny, and sugary. Compare the older Willy Wonka film with the new Tim Burton one. While I enjoy both, the new one was too sweet and sugary, while the first had a creepy, somewhat strange vibe to it.

Don't write it just for kids, and it should turn out fine.

Gardner Productions
Registered User
(12/22/06 1:25 am)

Re: Dialouge!
Well although i'd say my film is directed more towards the teen/adult audience, i have to agree with you. I think one of the main reasons 'Shrek' is so brilliant is because parents can go watch it with their kids and actually be entertained themselves. The only few childrens shows that have some adult humor are "Fairly Odd Parents" and "Spongebob Squarepants" although rare, they do have some jokes that only adults would get and my dad has actually watched those shows a few times.. haha. But yes, a movie generally does better when it can relate to a wider, (and multi-generational) audience.

mary lou 102
Registered User
(12/22/06 11:14 pm)


Adult!
Yes. I think that is certainly why those were so well done.

Even films like, say Mary Poppins and many of the Disney films appeal to adults as well. The Harry Potter films have a very diverse following as well.

I know my film is going for a hard R rating, though. The themes of the original story with a mother wanting to kill her child are so dark that to sweeten it up to even a PG-13 would not be doing it justice. There are also many gory Omen/Final Destination style "accidents" that plauge the modern day 7 dwarves and anyone else who gets in the mother's way.

CrazyEddie6
Registered User
(12/30/06 11:35 am)


Re: Adult!
Very interesting indeed. I can't wait to hear from this project. In my opinion, fairy tales tend to do a lot better when they are directed to a larger audience.

Guillermo Del Torro's recent Spanish/Mexican fairy tale "Pan's Labyrinth" (El Laberinto del Fauno) has done a well job in theaters all over the areas already released in. And it's intended for an older audience because of its violence and horror themes.

It's not meant for kids. It's a darker look at what other fairy tales have done. What I am saying is if your tale heads for the audience it is intended to (adults and young adults) it can really be something many would love to know about.

Keep up the good work. :D

Edited by: CrazyEddie6 at: 12/30/06 11:36 am
mary lou 102
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(12/30/06 9:42 pm)

Pan's Labyrinth
I've heard that is a wonderful film. I hope it comes to my area soon.

There really haven't been many wider fairy tale films in the decade or so. They are usually sugary kiddie stuff.

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