The trailer for Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters is here, and it’s overflowing with dark imagery, creepy-sexy witches, as well as narration by Jeremy Renner (The Bourne Legacy) professing his taste for witch blood.
Witch Hunters is a continuation of the famous fairy tale about a brother and sister who outwit a candy house-dwelling witch intent on gobbling them up. The pair are now grown-up, leather-clad, bounty hunters-for-hire (played by Renner and Gemma Arterton) who specialize in exterminating witches of all creeds – with an arsenal of witch-killing tools that include Renaissance-era firearms and wires useful for good old-fashioned decapitation, at their disposal.
We’ve already received confirmation that Witch Hunters serves up lots of gory violence that couldn’t make it into the trailer – though, if you listen carefully, you can still catch the splatter sound effects that ensue just before the preview cuts away from a witch getting her noggin lopped off (or blown away by Hansel’s trusty shot-cannon). Moreover, Wirkola and his cast seem to know how to keep things serious yet fun, without constantly winking at the camera.
Arterton previously likened Witch Hunters to a Quentin Tarantino film, what with its foul language and bloody-happy ways recalling Pulp Fiction. Similarly, an early script review suggested the film goes the Buffy the Vampire Slayer route when it comes to blending supernatural horror with humor – and adds a dash of western flavoring, along the lines of Tombstone. That’s the overall vibe of the trailer, even without the R-Rated content intact.
Paramount moved Witch Hunters back a year to avoid over-exposing Renner before The Avengers and Bourne Legacy hit theaters, and take advantage of his increased star power thereafter. Wirkola’s film is now arriving at a time when more people should be in the mood for its brand of good, bloody, fun – which it looks to serve up in larger portions than fellow goofy-titled Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.
The Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters cast is rounded out by Peter Stormare and Famke Janssen as the villains (both appear in the trailer), as well as famed Kill Bill stunt-woman Zoe Bell. It opens in 2D and 3D theaters on January 11th, 2013.
Source: iTunes Movie Trailers