Dark fairy tale movies are able to play with their audience in a way standard horror films aren't, simply because they're able to go back to an audience member's own childhood by twisting a story they've heard their whole lives. Playing with these established characters and tropes allows a filmmaker easier access to a viewer's psyche. A horror movie where a kid is devoured by a witch is scary enough, but make it an even darker take on Hansel and Gretel, and your audience will be eating it out of your hand.
Taking an old fairy tale and modernizing it with an R-rating is fairly cliche at this point, but because there have been so many, some genuinely good ones have managed to slip between the cracks.
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