“A dark twist on the morality tale of forbidden love between beautiful Belle and the feared forest Beast. As villagers are being brutally murdered and the Beast is hunted down as the one responsible for the mayhem, Belle and Beast team up to defeat the real killer the power-hungry witch’s malevolent troll.”– American World Pictures, IMDB.
Beauty and the Beast: A Dark Tale, is a 2009 Australian film was produced by Limelight International Media Entertainment . Variety called the film “An odd, bloody, cheaply made” adaptation “designed not for kids, but young guys heading toward a date with a Sunday-morning hangover”. Estella Warren, who stars in the film, was previously in such titles as Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes (for which she won a Razzie for Worst Supporting Actress), and Kangaroo Jack. Estella is originally from Peterborough Ontario, and once represented Canada at the World Aquatic Championship as a synchronized swimmer, where she placed 2nd.
Some thoughts from me (Potential spoilers below)…
Beauty and the Beast: A Dark Tale, is a pretty enjoyably bad film, though be warned that it might not be quite what you’re expecting. I might as well come out and say it, but you’d think with Belle up there with her cleavage emphasized the way it is that this would be a weird smutty version of Beauty and the Beast. And while there’s definitely some weird smut moments, don’t expect to see any nudity in this one. In fact, when our viewing group watched this one we noted that The Fairy Princess: Secret of the Crystal, a very kid friendly film, technically had more nudity in it than Beauty and the Beast: A Dark Tale. Still there’s fun to be had; we ended up making a running gag throughout the movie to point out where it would be fitting to have a sex scene (We joked that those scenes are in some unreleased porno version of the movie).
Speaking of The Fairy Princess: Secret of the Crystal, that film is how I stumbled upon Beauty and the Beast: A Dark Tale. Both films are by the same director, separated by 10 years.
I can’t quite get a bead on whether Beauty and the Beast: A Dark Tale knows that it’s a terrible movie, or if it’s just sheer luck that we ended up with a movie with so many laughable moments. Either way, I really enjoy this one. Frankly when I looked at the director’s IMDB I was secretly hoping he did more ‘dark’ versions of fairy tales, because I would’ve loved to have seen more. I’d definitely recommend this one for any Bad Princess Movie night.