Release Date: January 25
Director: Tommy Wirkola
Rating: Not Yet Rated
What We Know:
Yet another one of your childhood bedtime stories is getting a stylized, action-packed big-budget treatment. (At least, until Michael Bay decides to tackle Little Miss Muffet.) This time, it will feature Hawkeye and a Bond Girl that ended up bathed in black gold.
Here, we have a slick follow-up to the 1812 Grimm fairy tale that taught us the value of leaving breadcrumb trails and that witches who don't get proper education at Hogwarts end up living alone in an edible cabin in the woods, craving the taste of children.
Managing to avoid becoming the main ingredients in a witch's oven-baked kid pies, grown siblings Hansel (Jeremy Renner) and Gretel (Gemma Arterton) used their childhood trauma and went the Sam and Dean Winchester route, hunting these evil broom-bucking bitches wherever they may hide.
Now, it appears that the baddest of them all, Muriel (Famke Janssen) is lurking about and needs to be stopped. She's kidnapping children to be sacrificed at a massive gathering of witches on "Blood Moon" night. (Of course, this was before the Blood Moon sacrifice of children festivities got all corporate, charging high ticket prices and forcing you to pay $50 for just one eye of newt.)
What We Expect:
While we've seen similar big-budget intensified updates to classic period pieces, full of darkish cinematography and belief-defying, steampunkish gadgets, this one might be able to distinguish itself in the gore department.
Norwegian director, Tommy Wirkola made some noise with 2009's Dead Snow, a horror/comedy gore-fest in which vacationing medical students in an isolated snow-covered cabin encounter zombies. -- Nazi zombies, to be specific. (That zombie apocalypse will probably start by invading Poland.)
So, while we shouldn't be coming into the film looking for anything that breaks the boundaries of the genre, it nevertheless appears to be a fun dose of (hilariously) gory action as the titular siblings work out their unresolved issues with the ugly, spell-casting demographic, armed with a crossbow and Ewok-inspired guerrilla tactics.
For more info, check out the official site for Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters.
Be sure to check out more of G4's 2013 movie previews throughout the month of January.