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This ain't no fairy tale.
In the 1400s, Rumpelstiltskin (Max Grodénchik) is imprisoned inside a small jade figurine. In modern-day Los Angeles, Shelley (Kim Johnston Ulrich), the recently widowed wife of a police officer, with baby in tow, finds her way into a witch's shop and purchases a certain figurine, resulting in the cackling beast being freed and demanding possession of the baby.
Theatrical propaganda posters
Target demographic movie keyword propaganda
- Film fantasy fairy tale horror monster
Persons of interest
- Kim Johnston Ulrich .... Shelley Stewart
- Tommy Blaze .... Max Bergman
- Allyce Beasley .... Hildy
- Max Grodénchik .... Rumpelstiltskin
- Vera Lockwood .... Matilda
- Jay Pickett .... Russell Stewart
- Sherman Augustus .... John McCabe
- Valerie Wildman .... Nedda
- Jack McGee .... Detective Ben Smith
- Mark Holton .... Huge Man
- Ben Marley .... Deputy Joe
- Elmarie Wendel .... Gypsy Woman
- Robert Harvey .... Doctor Anzinger
- Joe Ruby .... Screenwriter
- Mark Jones .... Screenwriter
- Mark Jones .... Director
Special Agent Matti
B! B! B! B! B!
It's not often that a true B-movie is produced in these days of big budgets and bigger special effects, but Rumpelstiltskin manages to triumph over the makers' intentions and land smack in the middle of mediocrity. The script is more obvious than a phone book (with fewer surprises) and has the added attraction of creating characters and dialogue that are worse than the acting, which, it pleases me to say, is straight from the William Shatner School of Cardboard Cut-out Performing Arts.
Which is not to say that the actors don't believe in what they're doing, it's quite the opposite, they do believe in what they're doing, and that's what makes the film so bad. The sincerity of everyone involved in Rumpelstiltskin shines through any potential quality and highlights their essential ineptitude.
What a joy. I haven't seen a flick this bad since... since before I started taking his medication, and that's a long time ago!
Rumpelstiltskin is a truly useless piece of trash with no artistic, historic or aesthetic value whatsoever. Enjoy.
Security censorship classification
MA 15+ (Strong violence, horror theme)
88 minutes (1:28 hours)
Not for public release in Australia before date
VHS rental: 23 August 2000