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Movies and TV shows that offer a gritty take on beloved children's classics

Shilpa S

Shilpa S
Jul 14, 2021

Most of us grew up with fairy tales and fables of beautiful princesses and heroic princes. To revisit those tales today offers a sense of comfort for many. But what if your favourite childhood stories were flavoured with dark and macabre themes, disturbing enough to fluster, but also bold enough to intrigue. Here is a list of movies and tv shows that take classic children’s tales and give them an edgy twist.

Snow White and the Huntsman
6.3OTTplay Rating
Instead of waiting for a prince to rescue her, what if Snow White had challenged the evil queen herself, with the Huntsman who was sent to cut out her heart battling at her side. This movie reimagines the Disney tale exactly so. Breathtaking graphics and stellar performances by the cast just adds to an already magical experience.
Alice in Wonderland
6.9OTTplay Rating
From the wonderfully weird mind of Tim Burton, this version of Alice in Wonderland features Alice as a prophetic savior, a stark contrast from the original version where she is a little girl who happened to stumble down a rabbit hole. The residents of Underland, a fantasy world of talking animals and magical residents, beg Alice to free them from the Red Queen’s tyranny, which she can do only by slaying a ferocious beast. The movie’s success also led to a sequel titled ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’.
6.1OTTplay Rating
A modern retelling of ‘The Beauty and the Beast’, Beastly explores the story of a vain young man cursed by a witch to turn into a hideous version of his former self, as a reward for his arrogance. Only being loved by another in this form before spring can the man regain what was lost. Alex Pettyfer and Vanessa Hudgens play the two leads.
Once Upon a Time
7.9OTTplay Rating
To say that Once Upon a Time has a lot going on would be an understatement. The series features a host of characters from not only popular fairy tales but also Greek mythology and Western folklore. Pinocchio, Red Riding Hood, Captain Hook, Prince Charming, Rumplestiltskin are just a few familiar characters who pop up in this adventure-fantasy.
Red Riding Hood
5.6OTTplay Rating
This movie adaptation of the classic tale Little Red Riding Hood offers a much sinister version of the grandmother impersonating a wolf. A werewolf terrorising a village forms the backdrop of this horror flick. The story is centered around finding out who the cursed monster really is and as well as a love story between the titular character and a village boy. Amanda Seyfried’s performance as the female lead garnered rave reviews.
The Brothers Grimm
6.3OTTplay Rating
The Brothers Grimm, the academics whose efforts brought us the precious collection of fairy tales, are re-imagined as con men and bogus exorcists in this movie. Trouble brews when the brothers are encountered by an actual curse in one of the places they travel to, which no amount of flair and theatrics can reverse. The movie features stunning visuals and a star-studded cast.
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