Hansel & Gretel Review

Hansel & Gretel (2013)

Starring: Dee Wallace, Brent Lydic, Stephanie Greco
Directed by: Anthony C. Ferrante

It's been a long month, but it definitely feels good to get back on track. I've missed you readers more than you can imagine and hopefully you've been able to make due without my regular posts. Actually, I'm sure you have. But without further ado...

There have been so many iterations of the Hansel & Gretel story that it's hard to keep up sometimes. First off, this is not the action horror with Jeremy Renner. I'll look into that one some other time. Today's flick is a lesser known flick starring the lovely Dee Wallace.

In Hansel & Gretel, the general premise is a modern re-telling of the classic horror fairy tale. Siblings, Hansel and Gretel are taken captive in a house in the woods.

Hansel & Gretel was one of my favorite horror tales of all time. Even when it's whitewashed for children, it's still pretty jacked up. The 2013 re-telling of Hansel & Gretel definitely takes a shot at making the tale more adult by adding gore and foul language. There are some other changes to the story, such as the dungeon has other victims besides just Hansel and Gretel and the "witch", Lillith (Dee Wallace), has her own "family" of cannibals that help her "prepare" her meals.

I feel these changes are a nice attempt at bringing something different to the table, but ultimately they make it feel like many other cannibal movies, which is not what one wants in a re-telling.

The main characters in the film, Hansel & Gretel Grimm (Brent Lydic, Stephanie Greco) are decent enough, though the Hansel character is just a bit too "modern" for my tastes. The supporting characters really don't add much to the movie and, to be honest, were kind of stupid. Without spoiling anything, all I can say is two of them kill themselves in the most baffling of ways.

The general atmosphere isn't bad, but still leaves a lot to be desired in Hansel & Gretel. The dungeon itself is alright--it's dank, it's kind of dark. It works.  But the rest of the film does absolutely nothing to add to the tension or feel of the film. To its credit, there are some things the movie does get right, like the house in the woods with all the sweet treats.

The gore factor in Hansel & Gretel is mediocre at best. There are some decent gory scenes, but nothing significantly major. The previously mentioned scenes where said characters kill/eat themselves are probably the most notable, although it does bear mentioning there is a scene where a girl gets put on a spit. Not quite "Evil Dead" good, but it made me cringe just thinking about it. Kudos.

For yet another re-telling, Hansel & Gretel is decent. I can't stress that enough. There is nothing about this movie that particularly stands out as being "good". The characters as a whole aren't bad, but aren't exactly worth looking up on IMDb (save for Ms. Wallace). The special effects are just good enough to help make it through the film. It's decent enough to add to a collection, but not good enough to make you want to go out of your way to tell anyone about it.




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Overall Rating: Sinfully Sweet

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