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Ten Movies More Twisted Than The Fairy Tale
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Following last year’s Snow White And The Huntsman comes the similarly revisionist Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters. With Jack The Giant Slayer also mere weeks away, kick-ass retellings of folk and fairy stories are clearly all the rage. But they’re not so new, as evidenced by these ten tales, all of which wrench familiar narratives in unfamiliar directions. All the better to disturb you with...

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Ten Movies More Twisted Than The Fairy Tale | Little Otik (2000)
Little Otik (2000)

Folk Tale: Otesánek

Based on Otesánek, the Czech folktale about a childless couple who acquire a weird wooden tree-stump baby that eats anything and everything it comes into contact with (including several people), Little Otik is a typically eye-opening and grotesque entry on the CV of Czech animator extraordinaire Jan Švankmajer. See also Alice... said The White Rabbit

Grimm-est Moment: When Otik devours the postman.

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