Monday, October 29, 2012

A bloody, sexy look at Hansel and Gretal: Witch Hunters

It's never a good sign when a movie's release date gets bounced around more than a New Orleans whore, but I have faith in the upcoming horror comedy Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters.

For one, director Tommy Wirkola did a bang-up job mixing comedy and gore in the Nazi zombie movie Dead Snow. Secondly, Jeremy Renner is a damn fine actor. Thirdly, Gemma Arterton is just damn fine. Add an appropriate level of camp and violence and you're good to G-O.

I think Paramount Pictures and MGM don't know what to do with the project. Blood, humour and children in jeopardy don't sell well. When mixed that is. But at least the studios are trying with this new red-band trailer, which offers plenty of everything I mentioned above.

In this dark spin on the fairy tale, siblings Hansel and Gretel are a formidable team of bounty hunters who track and kill witches all over the world. Whether or not it's any good will be answered when the Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters hits theatres on Jan. 25, 2013.

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