We’ve seen Hansel and Gretel in a thousand forms by now. We’ve even seen them grown up and hunting monsters thanks to Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton in Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters. Now, we are getting a new take on the story that seeks to add horror by adding new details about the sister from the titular duo. At least from the trailer, it looks like it could either be a fun, jumpscare-filled romp or a pretentious bore-fest… it really could go either way. All will be revealed when Gretel and Hansel hits theaters on January 31st.
A long time ago in a distant fairytale countryside, a young girl leads her little brother into a dark wood in desperate search of food and work, only to stumble upon a nexus of terrifying evil.
From Osgood “Oz” Perkins, the director of The Blackcoat’s Daughter and I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House, the film stars Sophia Lillis (It, HBO’s “Sharp Objects”), newcomer Sammy Leakey, Alice Krige (Star Trek, Netflix’s “The OA”), Jessica De Gouw (WGN’s “Underground,” The CW’s “Arrow”) and Charles Babalola (Netflix’s “Black Mirror,” The Legend of Tarzan).
Gretel & Hansel is written by Rob Hayes (Netflix’s “Chewing Gum”), produced by Brian Kavanaugh-Jones (Sinister, Upgrade) and Fred Berger (La La Land, Destroyer) on behalf of Automatik and executive produced by Sandra Yee Ling and Macdara Kelleher.