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Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013)

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Hansel & Gretel are bounty hunters who track and kill witches all over the world. As the fabled Blood Moon approaches, the siblings encounter a new form of evil that might hold a secret to their past.

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Tommy Wirkola

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Tommy Wirkola
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeremy Renner ... Hansel
Gemma Arterton ... Gretel
Famke Janssen ... Muriel
Pihla Viitala ... Mina
Derek Mears ... Edward
Robin Atkin Downes ... Edward (voice)
Ingrid Bolsø Berdal ... Horned Witch
Joanna Kulig ... Red Haired Witch
Thomas Mann ... Ben
Peter Stormare ... Sheriff Berringer
Bjørn Sundquist Bjørn Sundquist ... Jackson
Rainer Bock ... Mayor Engleman
Thomas Scharff ... Father
Kathrin Kühnel Kathrin Kühnel ... Adrianna
Cedric Eich Cedric Eich ... Young Hansel
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Storyline

The siblings Hansel and Gretel are left alone in the woods by their father and captured by a dark witch in a candy house. However they kill the witch and escape from the spot. Years later, the orphans have become famous witch hunters. When eleven children go missing in a small village, the Mayor summons Hansel and Gretel to rescue them, and they save the red haired Mina from the local sheriff who wants to burn her, accusing Mina of witchcraft. Soon they discover that the Blood Moon will approach in three days and the powerful dark witch Muriel is responsible for the abduction of children. She intends to use the children together with a secret ingredient in a Sabbath to make the coven of witches protected against the fire. Meanwhile Hansel and Gretel disclose secrets about their parents. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines:

Revenge is sweeter than candy. See more »

Genres:

Action | Fantasy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong fantasy horror violence and gore, brief sexuality/nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 January 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,690,956, 27 January 2013

Gross USA:

$55,703,475

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$226,349,749
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| (Unrated Cut)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Director Tommy Wirkola got the idea to create the film, based on the adult lives of Hansel and Gretel in 2007, while at film school in Australia. After being discovered by Gary Sanchez Productions, Wirkola pitched the idea at a meeting with Paramount Pictures and won a contract. See more »

Goofs

When Hansel and Gretel are in front of the candy house, he eats colorful candy and she eats the white icicle. However when they go inside both of their mouths are colored. See more »

Quotes

[to Mina and Ben, as they approach the witch's house]
Hansel: Whatever you do, don't eat the fuckin' candy.
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Crazy Credits

The text of the newspaper clippings used in the opening credits is from Alexander Roberts' 1616 "A Treatise on Witchcraft". The same piece of text is used twice for different headlines. The repeated excerpt starts 'and of these in day of executions which she is no wise would condiscend'. See more »

Alternate Versions

Aside from more language, gore, sexual content, and a few extra lines, the extended version features a few extra scenes. They include scenes showing witches forcing children to eat frogs as part of their potion. The bar scene also shows Hansel awkwardly approaching a woman and getting rebuffed. The horned witch, while trying to be interrogated, reveals that she can also communicate with the red-haired witch when she needs help. The morning after the village attack, Sheriff Berringer blames the Mayor for the attack and kills him. The scene where the Sheriff and his goons attack Gretel is extended, is cut in between the scene where Mina heals Hansel, and shows that the men plan to rape her right before Edward kills them. Right after Hansel and Gretel behead Muriel, Ben (despite being a big fan of the siblings killing witches) throws up when he sees the decapitated head. See more »

Connections

Version of Hansel & Gretel (1997) See more »

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Bundy
Written by Christian Wibe and Agnete Maria Kjolsrud (as Agnete Kjølsrud)
Performed by Animal Alpha
Courtesy of Racing Junior
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Good straight-forward entertainment packed with action.
29 January 2013 | by helmuttySee all my reviews

It is a pretty straight-forward action flick. With the short runtime of 1 hour and 28 minutes, you can expect this to move briskly and to be packed with a lot of action.

The story: The movie starts with the young Hansel and Gretel losing their parents. They are shortly picked by a witch to be food. They manage to escape and burn the witch alive and that's how they become witch hunter. Cue to the opening credit. The next scene shows them saving an innocent woman whom is accused of being a witch. And from there, the action keeps going. There are some slight twists about the innocent woman and Hansel and Gretel's parents. Other than that, it is purely straight-forward for a good thing. The action scenes are not bad but they are more gritty than fantastical. Music wise is quite alright with Han Zimmer acting as the music supervisor.

3D: It is okay. As many of the scenes take place at night, the 3D effect dampens. It becomes more like harder to see. But when it comes to explosions, blood splatters and action, it is gimmicky with objects flying to your face. Other than that, the 3D is not really recommended unless you have some spare money.

Overall: It is not bad for the month of January. Sure, there is a great potential that the movie never reach but Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters won't disappoint if you want a good entertainment packed with action. Next fairy tale movie is Jack the Giant Slayer in Feb.


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