Way back in 2009, director Tommy Wirkola released his Nazi Zomibes film, Dead Snow (Død snø), and it was a far better film than it had any right to be. Alas not a lot of people got to see the fun because it wasn’t widely released. Plus it wasn’t in English so most of the public wouldn’t bother anyway. But Wirkola is back… in a big way.
Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters will be his English language debut and continues with the latest “trend” of bringing back well-known historical figures or legends and amping up the fantastical (see Abe Lincoln: Vampire Hunter or Snow White and the Huntsman).
In this rendition, Hansel and Gretel are not just two helpless youngsters following a trail of bread crumbs. They’re two mean motor scooters out for blood; witch’s blood. So creepy creatures, big explosions, martial arts and bullet time are all employed as we watch Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton have their way with the supernatural.
The movie, much like Dead Snow (review), actually looks like a lot more fun than it probably should be. Rounding out the cast are Famke Janssen, Peter Stormare, Zoe Bell and Thomas Mann. A trailer with Spanish subtitles hit the tubes of You this morning and is probably worth taking a look at…