Plot: Snow (Shanley Caswell) lives with her father Grant (Eric Roberts) and stepmother Eve (Maureen McCormick) and while she struggles a little to stay out of trouble, she thinks the punishments rarely fit the crime. This is because while her father loves her and means well, he is under the spell of Eve, who wants Snow out of the picture, to have the attention all to herself. When Snow lands in trouble once again, Eve is finally able to persuade Grant to send her out of the house, to a special wilderness retreat known as Camp Allegiance. There she will be medicated and trained to be more compliant, or at least that is the intention. Instead, she begins to have strange visions and with rumors of an escaped former camper with a violent past start to seem all too possible. Can Snow manage to not only survive Camp Allegiance, but uncover the truth about the camp and get back to her normal life?
Entertainment Value: I was lured into this Snow White remix because I saw it was directed by David DeCoteau and of course, Eric Roberts and Maureen McCormick as dysfunctional parents sounded awesome as well. As it turns out, this isn’t one of DeCoteau’s more enjoyable movies and while it has some moments that show promise, most of the film here is rather dull and predictable. I liked the scenes early on, with Roberts and especially McCormick, as those had melodrama and a fun vibe, but once it shifts gears into a teen thriller, this Snow White loses steam. The movie is marketed as horror, but falls more into the suspense realm, as there aren’t scares and there’s more drama than terror here. I wouldn’t mind that if Snow White was dialed up enough or creative enough to entertain, but this feels like a by the numbers teen drama with some light thriller elements blended in. The tone is overly serious once it moves from the dysfunctional household and in truth, I think if the movie had more of the parents, it would be a lot more fun to watch. In the end, Snow White is a tough one to recommend, even to fans of DeCoteau’s work.
I didn’t have much fun with this movie, but I did like the scenes that included the parents, as I mentioned. I think Eric Roberts as the clueless dad was a great casting choice and he plays it up well, while Maureen McCormick as the wicked stepmother was a lot of fun as well. I love that both really showed up to turn in memorable efforts and that made those scenes entertain, something most of the rest of Snow White is unable to follow through on. I can’t help but wish these two were around for more of the movie and I’d especially like to see McCormick in this kind of nasty role again, but in a more prominent position. The rest of the cast is passable, but not all that memorable, though Shanley Caswell is a cut above here at times. I liked her performance, but I didn’t feel it carried the movie well and that is likely due to the material, as it doesn’t have a lot of chances for her stand out. The cast also includes Tim Abell, Jason-Shane Scott, and Eileen Dietz.