Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013)

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Brother-sister duo Hansel and Gretel are professional witch hunters who help innocent villagers. But they soon stumble upon a case that could hold the key to their past.


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27 January 2013 | sildarmillion
7
| The movie knows it's stupid and has fun with it
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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Gemma Arterton suffered an injury when she sprained her ankle while running through the forest.


Quotes

Hansel: I got it. You know, the last time I was in waters like this, I came across a formidable serpent witch. She mostly looked like a toad, but she could breathe underwater, which made her difficult to track. She was deadly.
Mina: Shh. You talk too much.


Goofs

"Hansel" and "Gretel" are diminutive forms of "Hans" and "Greta" respectively. They are names that children use. As the children grew up, they would change to "Hans" and "Greta".


Crazy Credits

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


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.


Soundtracks

Bundy
Written and performed by Animal Alpha
Produced by
Sylvia Massy

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Synopsis (WARNING: Spoilers)


Genres

Action | Fantasy | Horror

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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