Fairy Tales Aren’t Just for Kids Anymore

June 1, 2012

Photo credit: Universal Pictures

There’s something about Snow White that appeals to filmmakers and moviegoers time and time again. Snow White and the Huntsman, in theaters June 1, is the second remake of the fairy tale in 2012 (the other being Mirror Mirror, starring Julia Roberts). But this isn’t your typical take on the Brothers Grimm fable. It’s dark and violent and anything but cute. You’ll want to leave your children at home with the babysitter. To get yourself in the mood, check out these other grown-up fairy tales on DIRECTV.

Pan’s Labyrinth
In the aftermath of Spain’s Civil War, a young girl discovers she might be a princess of an underground kingdom after being led into an elaborate stone labyrinth by a faun named Pan. Trapped in a world full of dark creatures, she must complete a series of life-threatening tasks in order to return home.

Why it’s not child-friendly: Presence of nightmare-inducing creatures.

Red Riding Hood
Valerie (Amanda Seyfried) is a young woman torn between two men. Though her heart belongs to Peter (Shiloh Fernandez), a brooding outsider, her parents have arranged her marriage to Henry (Max Irons), a wealthy man. But while she plans to run away with her love, her older sister is killed by a werewolf, setting off a town-wide hunt for the beast. Could they be after the man she loves?

Why it’s not child-friendly: A rather physical relationship with a wolf.

Beastly
This edgy teen romance is about seeing past physical defects and discovering inner beauty. Kyle Kingson (Alex Pettyfer) has everything—looks, brains, wealth, and popularity. But after inviting Kendra (Mary-Kate Olsen) to a party and blowing her off, his date casts a spell on him that makes him repulsive. The only way to break the curse is to find someone who will love him for who he is. Starring Vanessa Hudgens and Neil Patrick Harris.

Why it’s not child-friendly: While it isn’t necessarily scary, the film’s beast is a recovering egomaniac with unappealing disfigurement.

TV, TV on the wall, who has the best movies of them all? DIRECTV, of course.