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#1 skudfisher

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Posted 04 February 2009 - 08:00 AM

I recently picked Grimm up at my local shop and have been reading it cover to cover before coming up with our first adventure. As I've been reading it, it has reminded me of a number of different movies. I thought it would be fun to come up with a list of movies people should see to get in the 'Grimm' mood before playing. Here's a short list of what I've thought of so far.

Hook
Labyrinth
Neverending Story
Little Monsters ( Anyone else remember this totally crazy 80's movie with Fred Savage and Howie Mandel?)
Nightmare Before Christmas (the idea of a Christmas monsters vs Halloween monsters campaign has crossed my mind more than once)
Goonies
Alice in Wonderland (some versions more than others)
Return to Oz
The 10th Kingdom

Other than movies the first thing I thought of while reading Grimm was Terry Pratchett's Discworld book called Witched Abroad which I also highly recommend to anyone looking for messed up fairytale story ideas. It's also a really funny book anyway. :)

So what other movies can anyone think of that share the same atmosphere as Grimm?



#2 skudfisher

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Posted 04 February 2009 - 10:11 AM

Whoops I meant 'Witches Abroad'



#3 Valyar

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Posted 04 February 2009 - 07:38 PM

Best inspiration you can ever have from movies: The Brothers Grimm (with Heath Ledger and Matt Daymond)

This movie depicts the exact mood and theme you should try to achieve in Grimm RPG



#4 skudfisher

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Posted 05 February 2009 - 06:14 AM

I can't believe I forgot that movie! I was just talking to someone about it a week ago because they liked Heath Ledger but had never seen it before.



#5 The Alchemist

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Posted 07 February 2009 - 07:04 AM

Pan's Labyrinth.

Definetly Pan's Labyrinth.



#6 thehuntercat

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Posted 08 February 2009 - 06:00 PM

I took inspiration from Sci Fi channels Tin Man, and the movie City of Lost Children.



#7 CanadianPittbull

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Posted 09 February 2009 - 09:13 AM

Legend

Jim Henson's Storyteller Series

Willow

Dragonslayer

Bridge  to Tarabitha

Narnia Chronicles both the BBC releases as well as the Hollywood releases.

Harry Potter series

Dungeons & Dragons Cartoon Series

Eragon

The Golden Compass

The Last Unicorn

Princess Bride

 

If only for that fairy tale feel and idears!



#8 Sartredes

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Posted 14 February 2009 - 12:59 PM

In addition to the movies mentioned here, you might consider the "Shrek" movies, "The Dark Crystal", "The Cell" (Yes, the J-Lo movie. The parts where she's in the psycho's mind are pretty kick ass), "The Nightmare before Christmas", "Beetlejuice", and "Charlie and the Chocolate factory".



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Posted 17 February 2009 - 01:05 AM

Skudfisher: Heck, I used to have "Little Monsters" comic books. *smiles*

I think that The 10th Kingdom would be a great movie/series to watch before playing... just based on what I've read about Grimm (and what I've seen in the D20 version) it seems to be just the sort of mindset that you'd want to have. *smiles* And an upcoming movie that might be added to the list: The Power of the Dark Crystal, the sequel being directed by Henson's son and produced by his daughter (and bringing back a number of the people who worked on the original, if I remember correctly.)



#10 Marred_Bard

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Posted 17 February 2009 - 09:42 PM

A number of Hayao Miyazaki (Studio Ghibli)  movies come to mind, of course most notably and directly Spirited Away, though Nausicaa or Mononoke are both inspiring in terms of a child who's gone 'feral.' Of course, most of these movies are significantly lighter in tone than Grimm.

Also worth considering is Akira Kurosawa's Dreams, particularly 'The Fox's Wedding.' It's the story of a young boy who sneaks out to see a marraige-train of fox-spirits in the woods, and when he returns home, his mother hands him a knife and says he must kill himself, or go ask the foxes for fogiveness. It's a really intriguing scene, and perfect for Grimm.

People already said most of the ones that came to mind, though I noticed Mirrormask was absent from among the Jim Henson and Neil Gaiman suggestions. Perhaps I'm breaking some taboo by mentioning it, but it certainly illustrates one possible fairytale world, and has it's share of horror and wonder.

But because I think good movies bear repeating:

  • Pan's Labyrinth
  • Labyrinth
  • City of Lost Children
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas


#11 Bad Dog

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Posted 25 March 2009 - 07:10 PM

Coraline was released to theatres just a little while ago.  It is another Neil Gaiman story, and worth seeing for inspiration.

Other that are not out yet, but might be worth keeping an eye out for:

2009 release of a movie called "9", by Tim Burton.  The plot synopsis describes a group of sapient rag-dolls living in a post-apocalyptic world.  Sounds like Grimm material to me.

2010 release of "Alice in Wonderland", also by Tim Burton.  If Tim burton is involved, you know this version is going to be Grimm material.



#12 The Alchemist

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Posted 27 March 2009 - 09:37 PM

They are making the "Alice" computer game into a movie?!?!?!

SOOOOO AAAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWSSSSSSSSSSOOOOOOOOOOMMEEEEEEEEEEEE!

PURE FRAKKING AWSOOOOOOOMEEEEEE!



#13 bastion_korupt

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Posted 28 March 2009 - 03:53 AM

Its seems a lot of these movies came out in the 80's, a golden age for fantasy films?  I think the LotR trilogy is epic fantasy but not fairy tale and the fairy tale feel is more attuned with the Princess Bride, Krull, Legend (still am amazed by Dr. Frank-n-Furter- Tim Curry as the demon/satanic lord in that film and Tom Cruise is so imperfect from how he has Hollywoodized his appearance, that he actually makes the character more real).

 

The 80's were a golden era for Fairy Tale cinema... what about TV miniseries?



#14 CanadianPittbull

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Posted 29 March 2009 - 04:26 AM

How about Where the WiLd Things Are? It will be coming out in Theatres Oct 16th 2009!

Check it out the trailer here: www.apple.com/trailers/wb/wherethewildthingsare/



#15 Sartredes

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 09:19 AM

I was thinking about this thread the other day and thought "Time Bandits"  and "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen" by Terry Gilliam might also be good sources of inspiration.



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Posted 31 March 2009 - 08:12 AM

I couldn't speak for the movies, but for books, Inkheart and The Thief of Always are great. So is the Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, who also wrote Coraline.



#17 Vespers

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Posted 01 April 2009 - 07:42 AM

Talking it over with a few of my players the other night and we thought Monster Squad would be a good inspirational film, especially as we went over some general talents. "Wolfman's got nards!"

 



#18 Zarkhovian_Rhythm

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Posted 06 April 2009 - 06:04 PM

Mirrormask, Silent Hill, Forbidden Kingdom, Spiderwick Chronicles, Flushed Away.

I've just recently discovered Grimm and have been watching these to get some ideas as well as many of the previously mentioned ones.



#19 RhinoBarbarian

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Posted 08 April 2009 - 06:33 AM

I think MirrorMask gives me the most inspiration. Granted, I only just started devoloping my own ideas, but I think MirrorMask really fits into the same theme as Grimm.



#20 Zarkhovian_Rhythm

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Posted 09 April 2009 - 09:44 AM

It's just plain weird and off it's rocker.






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