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Cinderella’s Revenge (2024) Review

Horror versions of fairy tales, such as Snow White: A Tale of Terror with Sigourney Weaver and Sam Neil, for example, have been around for quite a while. And now the current trend of turning kid’s stories and nursery rhymes into horror films has carried over to them. It makes sense, they’re filled with witches, ghosts and in their original versions tended to be pretty grim and bloody moments such as Cinderella’s stepsisters cutting off their toes to try and get their foot in the glass slipper. And that brings us to Cinderella’s Revenge

It certainly opens on an appropriately nasty note as Katherine (Stephanie Lodge, Jack & Jill: The Hills of Hell, Don’t Speak) frames her husband for the theft of the king’s jewels and has him killed for the bounty. This leaves his daughter Cinderella (Lauren Staerck, Crocodile Swarm, Mega Lightning) at the mercy of her stepmother and her two daughters Josephine (Beatrice Fletcher, Nutcracker Massacre, The Loch Ness Horror) and Rachel (Megan Purvis, Th’dread Rattlin’, It Came From Below).

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And for the first half of the film, director Andy Edwards (The Vampire of Soho, Zombie Spring Breakers) and writer Tom Jolliffe (War of the Worlds: The Attack, Ouija Hosts) stay reasonably close to the original material plotwise. Cinderella is abused, denied her chance to go to the ball, gets there with some magic help and wows Prince James (Darrell Griggs, Mandy the Doll, Looks Can Kill).

Granted, the script does take a few liberties such as her Fairy Godmother (Natasha Henstridge, This Game’s Called Murder, Species) conjuring up Vidal Sassoon (Mark Collier, Viking: Blood Lust, Burnt Flowers) to help her get ready for the ball. And sending her there not in a carriage made from a pumpkin, but in an orange Tesla driven by Elon Musk (Stephen Staley, Croc!, The Honey Trap). Anachronistic? Sure, but we’re dealing with magic here.

It’s not until after the ball that our heroine is pushed too far and seeks revenge with the help of a mask given to her by her Fairy Godmother. And this is where the film makes its big mistake. Rather than letting her use magic to bring vengeance down on those who have wronged her, the film makes her another masked slasher, stalking her enemies through the woods and the family’s mansion.

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There’s nothing wrong with that, per se, I like a good bit of slice and dice as much as the next horror buff. But after the creativity we saw earlier in the film, it seems a letdown, although with this obviously being a low budget film, death by magic may not have been an option either.

Yes, the mask has a couple of magical properties. It makes her stronger and supposedly hides her appearance, though her victims all seem to know it’s her. And what’s the fun of anonymous revenge? If you’re going to kill someone, don’t you want them to know who’s ending their life?

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In all fairness though, as a slasher, Cinderella’s Revenge is fairly decent. There are some gory and inventive deaths, with throat’s slashed, eyes cut out, and death by high heel and croquette mallet. Mylene Alexandra Howson (Jurassic Triangle, Rag Doll) provides some decent practical effects to go with them and the long, messy final fight between Cinderella and her stepmother.

Overall, while Cinderella’s Revenge does have its issues, and probably should have started in on the killing a bit sooner, it’s certainly not a bad film and is well ahead of most of the other films aiming to ruin our childhood memories. There’s enough blood, bare skin, and general weirdness to warrant at least a one time watch.

Cinderella’s Revenge is available on Digital Platforms via Quiver Distribution.

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