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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

Writer:

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 ... 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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What ever became of Hansel and Gretel? [Scandinavian DVD.] 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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Trivia

In an interview with Famke Janssen at Cannes 2011, she stated that she took the role as the head witch in this movie because she had to pay off her mortgage. Janssen has stated multiple times that since 2007, she was prepping her writing/directorial debut with Bringing Up Bobby (2011), where funding and distribution had gone through hard times, partly due to the 2008 economic crisis. She also had not done much acting in that period of time. See more »

Goofs

When Hansel and Gretel first arrive at the candy witch's lair as children, Gretel pulls off the end of one of the icing icicles to eat it. In the next few shots, the icicle is shown as intact when it should have a blunted end. See more »

Quotes

Sheriff Berringer: [as his henchmen hold Gretel] This time, I do the talkin', and you do the bleedin'.
[Gretel viciously bites his nose, drawing blood]
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Crazy Credits

The background of the ending credits shows the weapons used then fire, smoke and ashes flying around. See more »

Alternate Versions

Also shown in a 3D version. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Animal Alpha: Bundy (2006) See more »

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Merrie England (D)
Written by Robert (Bob) John Foster
Courtesy of APM Music
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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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Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 January 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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