Cinderella And The Story’s Bloody Origins

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Disney’s new live-action adaptation of Cinderella with Lily James and Cate Blanchett is doing more than well at the box office, but you might be surprised to learn that no matter how “edgy” and “dramatic” parts of it are, they are nowhere near as bloody and outright insane as the original story by Brothers Grimm.

In Cinderella by Brothers Grim, the evil stepsisters try to slip into the famous glass shoe by cutting off parts of their feet. One of them chops off her big toe while the other does a bit of a heel amputation in hopes of making the shoe fit. The prince is actually told by the enchanted bird that there is blood everywhere and that there is something wrong with these particular sets of evil feet.

The things are even bloodier in the version of the Cinderella story by an Italian dude called Giambattista Basile that Grimms based their story on, in which the “kind” governess advises Cinderella to slam shut a large wooden chest on her stepmother’s head and kill her that way.

And guess what, Cinderella does it.

Now, on a more cheerful note, here is the trailer for the new and noticeably more timid version that the children might actually enjoy.

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