Underworld: the Awakening actress India Eisley stars in The Curse of Sleeping Beauty, about a young man inherits a mysterious estate that holds a legendary secret within its walls. Eisley will play the role of Sleeping Beauty, aka Briar Rose.
In the film now on various VOD platforms, “Thomas Kaiser (Ethan Peck, “Eden”) inherits an ancestral mansion that has been in his family for generations — only to learn that he has also inherited an ancient curse stemming back to the Crusades. Forced into his new role as “protector” — the guardian appointed to keep the evil demons in the house at bay — Thomas teams with an ambitious local realtor (Natalie Hall, “True Blood”) and paranormal cleric (Academy Award nominee Bruce Davison, “X-Men”) to unravel the mystery of the house, while struggling to awaken the beautiful Briar Rose (India Eisley, “Underworld: Awakening”), held captive in a terrifying netherworld seen previously in his dreams.”
Bloody caught up with director Pearry Teo who tells us his five favorite twisted fairy tale films!
Pan’s Labyrinth – Guillermo Del Toro’s film Pan’s Labyrinth has been a staple of my respect for this amazing director. The design of dark fairy tale creatures is unparalleled today and the story that weaves in and out of real life and fantasy hits home to me in how I define our society’s need for fairy tales. A lot of people will see influence of ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ in my work for there is no denying how much this man has influenced the way I think.
In the Company of Wolves – this dark and surrealist piece was something that had awed me for a long time. While the transformation scene into the wolf was not as matured as ‘American Werewolf in London,’ it no doubt left the lingering image of the wolf’s snout ripping through a men’s mouth ingrained into my head. But the set design was so gorgeous it really set a dark fairy tale tone for many movies that came after it but unsuccessfully recreated.
Return to Oz – This film scared me and my sister as kids. Particularly the wheelers with their British punk inspired insanity. Add that to stitching animals up, head decaptitations, it was not wizard of oz! I’ve learned how cryptotaxidermy can be a frightening thing but yet so fascinating. I feel this fascinations definitely carried with me as my growth into an artist.
Alice – The film starring Kristýna Kohoutová was made by one of my favorite animators of all time, Jan Švankmajer (Along with the Quay Brothers). I think it really brought a twisted element into the “Alice in Wonderland” fairy tale, something that was in the dark recess of your mind that you never quite knew existed. The stop motion (for a first time feature director) is crude in today’s standards but the ideas behind this film is truly worth watching!
Sleepy Hollow – “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irvin was brought back to its gothic glory in Tim Burton’s imagining of this classic. Tim’s early films have had a large influence on as a child and later as a filmmaker. I felt this was Tim’s darker film compared to his other classics and definitely the lighting scheme of that movie really introduced me to what mood and atmosphere is.