I know, I know, I keep saying that, but seriously, isn’t October awesome? 😀 It’s probably my favorite month out of the year because it’s cold, but still pleasant to be outside and you can see the leaves change. PLUS it’s time for Halloween and TONS of awesome new fall TV shows!
If you’re like me and love all things fairy tales, then you’ll know there are quite a few fantastical fall shows to look forward to this fall. Aside from TV shows, there are some oldies but goodie films that every fairy tale fanatic MUST see as well. Here is my official list of not so typical fairy tale themed shows and films to watch this fall ♥
Not-So-Typical Fairy Tale Themed Movies and TV Shows You Must Watch!
One of the darker spins on classic Brother’s Grimm fairy tales that I’ve seen, this show is like a mix of CSI, Horror and fairy tale fantasy all rolled into one. The story is awesome and the action is really cool. Their take on creatures from the classic tales are really cool and creative. I highly recommend this if you’re into horror, fairy tales and the darker side of Grimm tales.
ONCE UPON A TIME:
This show is a more conventional Disney-style (ABC is owned by Disney) take on fairy tales, but they give their own spin to each character and the story of how they end up in our world is weaved so cleverly. Plus, the way that they describe how magic works and their version of fairy tale land are certainly different than what you might think and a bit darker than the Disney animations of these tales.
ONCE UPON A TIME IN WONDERLAND:
A spin off show of Once Upon A Time, this show explains what happened/ happens to Alice in her adventures in Wonderland, but not the typical Wonderland you read about; Once Upon A Time’s Wonderland.
THE 10TH KINGDOM:
Another take on fairy tales, this is a 7 hour mini-series that NBC came out with around 2000 that had a fun play on each fairy tale character and told is as if it was actual history. The set design and locations in this film are fantastic and so are the actors, despite the somewhat cheesy and dated effects. Also, Ed O’Neil plays a troll king!
This is a really clever spin on Alice in Wonderland. Some parts were kind of cheesy, but the acting was great and the special effects and sets were awesome as well. I was especially impressed by the re-imagination of Wonderland which was darker than most, but in a less obvious way.
This film was a favorite of mine growing up and it doesn’t really stray far from the original or re-imagine much of anything, but it’s just fun to watch. I mean, come on! RUF-I-O! No, but seriously, Julia Roberts plays Tinkerbell and Robin Williams plays Peter Pan. It’s a fun time.
This is a fantastic period film re-telling the story of Cinderella. It’s one of my favorite Drew Barrymore films for sure and Anjelica Houston is brilliant as always as the evil stepmother. I love how they spun the story into history. If you’re a girl, you’ll enjoy this period chick flick.
This is a GREAT sort of modern type fairy tale about a girl who is cursed to live with a pig nose because her great great … grandfather messed with the wrong witch. Because of this she’s pretty much told she’s ugly her entire life and even believes it herself. It’s a fantastic story to show young girls.
PAN’S LABYRINTH (EL LABERINTHO DEL FAUNO):
This was coined as a “fairy tale for adults” and that couldn’t be more true. They combine Fascist 1940’s Spain historical elements with a fictional tale of a girl who must prove she’s a princess by completing fantastical, yet horrifying tasks set to her by a scary-looking faun.
This somewhat satirical take on fairy tales and Disney type films is really funny and I think it can be enjoyed by both children and adults alike. Hilarious, fun and endearing.
This is a unique fairy tale all it’s own, but it does have some fantasy elements in that the father, who is telling the story of his life to his son’s new wife recalls things in a very fantastical out-of-this-world way that his son doesn’t believe or agree with.
This is another fairy tale all it’s own written by a great writer, Neil Gaiman (author of Coraline among others), where a young man falls in love with the village beauty. In order to prove his love, he promises to bring her a star after they both see a falling star cross the sky. The only problem is when he gets to where the star fell, what he finds is nothing he could have imagined.
THE SECRET CIRCLE:
The Secret Circle is all about witches! When Cassie’s mother dies suddenly, she is forced to move to her mother’s hometown, Chance Harbor, with her grandmother. Strange things begin to happen and the local kids claim that Cassie is a witch. You can watch the entire first season on Netflix.
Lost Girl centers on Bo, a succubus, as she tries to uncover her past and solve strange mysteries along the way. I don’t want to give too much away, but it’s awesome and you can watch the first 4 seasons on Netflix!
What Are Your Favorite Fairy Tales or Spin-Offs?
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