The Rumpelstiltskin Movie – A Summary

The Rumpelstiltskin movie is a contemporary story based on the original Brothers Grimm fairy tale. Produced in 1996, and set in present-day Los Angeles, the Rumpelstiltskin movie tells the story of Shelley Stewart, a newly widowed mother of a baby, who is left to raise the child alone.

On a visit to a witch’s shop, she buys a jade talisman, which according to legend, grants wishes, but also has a dark side. The talisman harbours the spirit of an evil imp, Rumpelstiltskin. Unwittingly, Shelley frees this demon, which grants her wish, and then demands possession of her baby in return.

The Rumpelstiltskin Movie – Director/Main Characters

Directed by Mark Jones, the Rumpelstiltskin movie stars Kim Johnston Ulrich as Shelley Stewart, the police officer’s wife, Tommy Blaze as talk show host Max Bergman, Allyce Beasley is best friend Hildy, and Max Grodénchik as Rumpelstiltskin, the main protagonist.

The Rumpelstiltskin Movie – Box Office Magic?

Produced on a budget estimated at three million dollars, the Rumpelstiltskin movie grossed around three hundred thousand dollars on its opening weekend in August 1996. The Rumpelstiltskin movie was not a box office success, with its release limited to only fifty four theatres. It did, however, take on a cult B-movie status, celebrated for its cheesy dialogue, poorly drawn characters, and surprisingly, its excellent special effects makeup. Max Grodénchik as Rumpelstiltskin also gets many plaudits.

The Rumpelstiltskin Movie – A Modern Fairy Tale

An updated version of one of the oldest fairy tales, this Rumpelstiltskin story differs from the original in its modern setting. The Brothers Grimm tale is first set in the 1400s, and for this incarnation we fast forward five hundred years or so.

However, the basic premise of the story remains the same. Rumpelstiltskin is freed to grant a wish, and always to someone with a baby close at hand. He then demands said baby in return for his largesse (his fascination with babies is never explained). What follows is the mother’s increasingly desperate attempts to keep her child out of the evil imps clutches. Along the way she fails, but ultimately triumphs in saving her child from demonic possession, and Rumpelstiltskin is thwarted until next time.

As fairy tales go, this one will never end in ‚happily ever after‘.