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.
It's as pulpy and preposterous as one can expect, given the title - not to mention, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters comes from the mind of Tommy Wirkola, the Norwegian filmmaker responsible for the Kill Bill parody Kill Buljo: The Movie and Nazi zombie action-comedy Dead Snow. He's earned a small cult following for his ability to create entertaining and, in their own way, smart popcorn flicks that mix camp with legitimate scares, exhilarating action, as well as blood and guts galore.
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