Hell hath no fury like a woman denied an invite. That, arguably, is the moral of the Sleeping Beauty story. As the tale goes, the sprite that didn't make the guest list still appears at the eponymous princess's christening, but with a rather quirky gift for the royal baby: death. Disney downgraded the curse to a century-long coma, but the scorned fairy hardly gets gentle treatment—she's a literal dragon lady.

That one-dimensional portrayal has held for the 55 years since the Technirama masterpiece was released, but now it appears Maleficent will have her day in court. Starring the angular majesty that is Angelina Jolie, Maleficent keeps the gothic aesthetic intact, but it remains unclear whether it will add dimension to anything other than the zygomatic bones.

Because the film didn't screen by WW press deadlines (find a review at wweek.com later this week), we've decided to look back at portrayals of Maleficent over the years—in the 17th-century fairy tale "Sun, Moon, and Talia," Disney's 1959 Sleeping Beauty and 1987's straight-to-video offering featuring Morgan Fairchild and Tahnee Welch (yes, sprung from Raquel)—to examine how the evil fairy transformed from an abstract concept of doom into a leather-horned succubus.

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Sleeping Beauty (1959)
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Sleeping Beauty (1987)
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Maleficent (2014)
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SEE IT: Maleficent is rated PG. It opens Friday at most major Portland-area theaters.