The trailer for next year’s Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters was as tongue-in-cheek and ridiculous as the title suggests, but its mishmash of familiar elements (think The Brothers Grimm meets Van Helsing starring Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton) discouraged some people from anticipating any sort of memorable B-movie treatment of the famous fairy tale.
Witch Hunters was co-written and directed by Tommy Wirkola (who also made the bloody-campy romps Kill Buljo and Dead Snow), so we knew the green band trailer couldn’t do it proper justice – especially since the film is already confirmed for an R Rating due to gory violence. However, that’s no longer the case with today’s red band preview.
As you can see from the red band trailer, Witch Hunters embraces its existence as low-brow entertainment. Wirkola is relying on kitschy 3D effects and blood-splatter gags to put a cheesy horror spin on some classic fairy tale tropes, while the cast as a whole appears willing to play it all straight – while still making it abundantly clear that they are in on the joke (see: Renner not even attempting to hide his American accent).
Arterton’s Quentin Tarantino comparison makes more sense after watching this new promo, what with all the sadistic humor and self-awareness. Could this movie succeed where Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter fell short? As always, we shall have to wait and see…
Check out the new poster for Witch Hunters (via IGN):
Witch Hunters was recently pushed back a couple weeks to January 25th next year, where it will be released in regular and IMAX 3D. The film will no longer have to compete with Gangster Squad during its first weekend of release, which reads as a wise decision – considering that trailers for Ruben Fleischer’s 1940s crime drama suggest it could be something special. By comparison, Witch Hunters seems to have potential foremost as decent entertainment during the sluggish first month of 2013.
Are you interested in seeing Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, now that you’ve gotten a better look at the film in all its goofy, bloody, glory?