3 1/2 Stars
Someone had the (semi) bright idea to ride the coattails of the upcoming Marvel sequel to The Avengers, by collecting the title characters of the Brothers’ Grimm tales and placing them together in a movie. Instead of Iron Man and Captain America, we are treated here to the sight of Rumpelstiltskin and Cinderella doing battle.
Dastardly Rumpelstiltskin uses Snow White’s Magic Mirror in order to transport himself and White into the modern world. This transgression inadvertently brings three other princesses Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Rapunzel along too. Now, out-of-place in the real world, the group of ass-kicking females must use their training and every bit of their magical prowess to defeat Rumpelstiltskin and his legion of enslaved men. Aided by Red Riding Hood, the ladies must confront the Wolf and return Snow White to their alternate universe. Bodybuilding champion and one-time Hulk-ster Lou Ferrigno is Iron Jim, a monster of a man who transformers in a green colored wrecking machine.
This is one of the most enjoyable ‘Mockbusters’ to escape from the Asylum since Hercules Reborn. I’ve been accused of being both too kind and overly critical of these titles, but this time out the praise is deserved. Casper Van Dien knocks this one out with an intensity, and sense of wily mischief we haven’t seen from the actor in recent years, while Marah Fairclough’s slumbering beauty is a dream. The fight scenes are polished and the movie has a vibe similar to the X-men series, particularly the parallel between Rouge and Riding Hood.
Director: Jeremy M. Inman
Stars: Casper Van Dien, Rileah Vanderbilt, Milynn Sarley