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Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013)

R  |   |  Action, Fantasy, Horror  |  25 January 2013 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward (voice)
Bjørn Sundquist ...
Kathrin Kühnel ...
Cedric Eich ...


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 that 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 the 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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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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Release Date:

25 January 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hansel y Gretel: Cazadores de brujas  »

Box Office


$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$19,690,956 (USA) (25 January 2013)


$55,682,070 (USA) (19 April 2013)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Famke Jannsen and Jeremy Renner have both starred as superheroes in Marvel films. Renner played Hawkeye in Marvel and Disney's Avengers films and Jannsen played Jean Grey in Marvel and Fox's X- Men movies. See more »


The article texts of the "newspaper articles" in the opening credits have nothing to do with the article titles; two different newspapers have the same text. See more »


[From Trailer]
Hansel: Me and my sister... we have a past. We almost died at the hands of a witch. But that past made us stronger. We'd gotten a taste of blood. Witch blood. And we haven't stopped since.
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The background of the ending credits shows the weapons used then fire, smoke and ashes flying around. See more »


Version of Hänsel und Gretel (1981) See more »


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Written by Robert (Bob) John Foster
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User Reviews

The movie knows it's stupid and has fun with it
27 January 2013 | by See all my reviews

This is not a quality film and I don't think they even meant it to be good or memorable. If you watched the trailers and *didn't* expect it to be terrible, I'd be very, very surprised. I would never have paid to see this. I only saw it because I got passes to a free advance screening. And it was just as ridiculous as I expected - and I was pretty entertained. We were laughing pretty hard the whole time.

The movie wasn't trying to have a good plot or a surprise twist. Clocking in at a little over an hour, it could have been season finale of a B-grade TV series of the same premise. I think movie was just trying to be funny, and I think their jokes worked. Like how Hansel has a "medical condition" (not spoiling it here). It doesn't work in a physiological sense - but who cares? It was really funny that they even made that connection!

There was an incredible amount of gore in this movie; but I suppose that itself was a joke, given the premise of the movie. Their other jokes relied on anachronisms (weapons, fanboys, crime investigations). But they were careful enough that the anachronisms were funny in the context of the world-building instead of being glaring anomalies.

There might be some people complaining about what an inadequate film this was with respect to plot, but that would be missing the point. Don't watch this expecting to take away anything - it's really only just for the lawls.

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