HANSEL AND GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS (movie review)
Since fairy tale retellings seem to be a trend among novels, it only makes sense that the same trend would follow in movies. This Hansel and Gretel starts off with the same premise as the classic tale, with two children being brought out into the woods by their parents and left to fend for themselves. However, unlike the Grimm tale, this one doesn’t include a happy reunion with their beloved father. Instead, after throwing the witch into an oven, the two set off on a life of witch-hunting together, amid Europe’s Dark Ages.
This movie reminded me a lot of Van Helsing, or a grown-up Hocus Pocus, but was predictable (even in its ‘twists’) and some of the action was a bit too convoluted, almost slapstick — just with lots and lots of blood.
Rated R for nudity, lots of violence/gore, some cursing/swearing, and some disturbing imagery.