‘Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters’ Red Band Trailer Is Bloody and Cheesy

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In three weeks, we’ll find out if Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters defies the disappointing trend of fairy tale projects. However, until then, the debate rages on as to whether this flick is schlocky B-movie art or a miscalculated attempt to turn the original Grimm story into a cheesy blockbuster for our modern times.

Today brings a second Hansel and Gretel red band trailer, featuring Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton – with neither one attempting to pull off a German accent – as the famous siblings, who survived their infamous gingerbread house encounter and grew up to become masters of their trade: killing witches (preferably those disguising themselves as sexy women, it seems).

Hansel and Gretel co-writer/director Tommy Wirkola (Dead Snow) has taken some flack for recycling leftovers, given how past trailers have similarities in style and content to movies like Van Helsing and The Brothers Grimm (which also co-starred a hammy Peter Stormare, as it were). The same goes for the latest promo, where the 3D cinematography and horror violence recalls the (intentionally) cheesy style of Fright Night (2011); similarly, those ‘bullet-time’ shots are (re)treading on the same territory as many a post-Matrix title, be it WantedSherlock Holmes, etc.

So, many individual Hansel and Gretel components feel all too familiar. But will the actual movie bring something new to the table, by combing these influences?

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Gemma Arterton and Jeremy Renner in ‘Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters’

Well, the R-Rating frees up Hansel and Gretel to embrace its pulpy premise and deliver on its B-movie promise, which Arterton says includes Quentin Tarantino levels of gore and cursing. Similarly, the cast appears to be having fun keeping their tongues in cheek and embracing the silliness; that should also go for all the nasty witches, being played by such people as Famke Janssen (X-Men), Zoe Bell (Django Unchained), Ingrid Bolsø Berdal (Chernobyl Diaries), Monique Ganderton (Sucker Punch) and polish actress Joanna Kulig.

All things considered, Hansel and Gretel seems on course to serve up some decent entertainment during the sluggish early-going of the new year. Perhaps nothing memorable; but again, you could do worse for a January movie.

Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters opens in U.S. theaters (2D, 3D and IMAX 3D) this month on January 25th.

Source: Collider

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  1. “a miscalculated attempt to turn the original Grimm story into a cheesy blockbuster for our modern times.”

    This is my inclination. Very much the same I am towards Van Helsing and The Brothers Grimm.

    • yeah van helsing sucked, there were some interesting action bits but all in all it sucked. I prefer it over grimm. I think grimm is the worst terry gilliam film I’ve ever seen. That movie was a big mess imo.. Looks like hansel and gretel will follow suit. If it embraces the cheesiness though it could have some redeeming value kinda like army of darkness or something :)

    • Mindless b******* without any logic… This movie is going to be awesome.

      • THIS! Can’t wait to see Gemma! 😀

        • Agreed xD

  2. I will be giving Gemma my full support in this matter, despite the threat of any real or perceived cheesiness :)

    This movie is meant to be entertaining and I am sure that many people, especially guys, will be entertained by it, despite cheesiness.

    I haven’t watched the new trailer yet, but if I look at it and I think it sucks I will come back on here and admit that it sucked, but honestly, that is not my expectation.

    • Cheers :) and amen to that !

  3. Hawkeye high as f*ck, pretendin’ to be in a fairy tale and shiat.

  4. the trailer is awesome. Jeremy Renner will be awesome in this. The cast looks amazing. Famke Jansen looks scary. I will be seeing this one.

  5. This looks great! “Who am I kidding? We do this *&^% for free.” Loved that line!

    • Me too. Looking forward to it. :)

  6. I can’t help think of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter when I see this. Hopefully I’m wrong about that.

    • Why? That movie was freaking awesome, and the book was even better! This movie looks okay. I’ll probably go and see it at the $3 theater with friends just so I can see Gemma.

  7. Doesn’t look awful I’d see it, I love Renner as an actor so yeah

  8. Can’t wait for Humpty Dumpty: Daredevil

  9. I don’t really think you can compare this movie to “Van Helsing” or “Grimm”, because those actually tried to be serious action movies…

    In this case though it seems, as if the movie isn’t even trying to be taken seriously and even makes fun of it’s own premise/setting quite often…

    And that’s exactly why this movie could actually end up a winner…

    • Van Helsing was not at all trying to be a serious film, which is why its semi passable.

  10. Just saw the trailer last night,and it looks quite terrible.

    I guess we all know now why they pushed the release of this movie back so far.

  11. I think I’d rather try to eat a candy house than watch this.

  12. I reckon this one will be alright, the trailer shows off some neat visuals and i like a twist on the fairy tales if done right

  13. looks like it could be a good one, some neat visuals looking at the trailer

  14. Why do Hansel and Gretel speak english????

  15. I’ll watch it. It’s Gemma dammit. you damn right am going to. But besides that it looks good.

  16. Im getting a real “Van Helsing” vibe.