I need to preface this review to let you know this is NOT the Hansel & Gretel that is in theaters (the one that stars Jeremy Renner). This is another movie by the same name. The Hansel & Gretel I am reviewing in this post stars Dee Wallace (Cujo, E.T.) and is from Asylum Studios.
I think most people are familiar with the tale Hansel & Gretel. It’s a well known fairy tale from the Grimm Brothers.
In the fairytale Hansel and Gretel are a brother and sister who stumble upon a house in the woods made out of candy, cake and cookies. An elderly lady resides there. She invites the children in and tries to fatten them up with all the yummy goodies in order to eat them. When you think about it it’s a pretty sick fairytale, but it does make for a great horror movie.
The movie Hansel & Gretel, now available on Blu-ray, stars Dee Wallace as a sugary sweet old lady who runs a bakery in town called the Gingerbread House (LOL – get it?). You know what they say about sweets – too much is NOT good for you. 🙂
Everyone in town loves Lillith (the owner of the Gingerbread House) including the local law enforcement officers and teenage brother and sister name Hansel and Gretel.
One afternoon Hansel and Gretel’s father tells them that he and his much younger girlfriend are getting married, and they are going to sell their house and move. Gretel takes the news OK, but her brother Hansel gets very upset and flees into the woods. Knowing that her brother won’t talk to their father until he calms down, Gretel tells her father she’ll go into the woods and get him. She knew exactly where he was going – to a special place they used to go with their mother before she passed away.
When Gretel finds her brother he tries to get away from her, only to get his leg stuck in the jaws of a hunter’s trap. Gretel is able to get him free, but he needs medical attention right away.
The pair stumble through the woods looking for help when they happen upon a quaint little cottage. To their surprise it’s their sweet friend Lillith who lives there. Lillith invites them in and helps to tend to Hansel’s wound. She also serves the teens a lot of food, from meat pies to more pastries then one could possibly eat. Hansel is more then happy to take her up on her generous offer and eats pretty much everything in sight. Suddenly Hansel passes out. Lillith invites Gretel to spend the night since her brother was in no shape to travel.
When Gretel wakes up the next day Lilith tells her that a neighbor took Hansel to the hospital. It’s not until Gretel makes a grim discovery that she finds out that Lillith is NOT as kind as she thought. It turns out she is an evil witch who entraps wayward teens, brings them to her cottage, fattens them up with sweets and then kills them so she can bake them into an assortment of foods, such as her delicious meat pies.
Lillith now has her eyes set on Gretel and wants to turn her into a witch just like she is. All Gretel wants is to fine her brother and get out of there before it’s too late.
Will Gretel succeed in finding her brother? Will the pair be able to escape the wrath of Lillith. What other gruesome discoveries are yet to be made in this house of horror? To find out you’ll need to pick up a copy of Hansel & Gretel, available at many retail locations. I found it on Amazon.com, CD Universe and Barnes & Nobel to name a few.
There are bonus features on the Blu-ray including the following;
- Original wide screen version
- The Making of Hansel & Gretel
- Cast & Crew Commentary
- Hell’s Crafty
- Gag Reel
For some odd reason I couldn’t get the bonus features to load on my Blu-ray disc. If you read my site often you’ll know that I almost always watch the bonus features and share my thoughts on them. This time I won’t be able to. I watched the movie on my desktop (HP ENVY) and the bonus features wouldn’t come up. I’ll have to try the Blu-ray on my Blu-ray player. If they work I’ll update this post with my thoughts on the bonus features.
As far as being a horror movie, I didn’t find this the least bit scary. However it’s not a movie for people who cannot stomach blood and gore. There is A LOT of it in this movie. From broken bones protruding from the body, a knife slicing into someone’s neck and an arrow going through a person’s mouth and out the back of their head… there is A LOT of blood and gore.
Dee Wallace does an excellent job of being the sweet and kind elderly lady to an evil witch that is sure to give you nightmares. You will never be able to look at her again the same way. The next time I watch E.T. or Secret Admirer I’m going to see her as the wicked, evil witch with a taste for human flesh.
Here is the movie’s trailer for your convenience. You can also find it here, http://bit.ly/Vcxyrx.
For more information about this and other films by The Asylum, visit www.TheAsylum.cc.
*I received a free screener copy in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and were not influenced in any way.