As red-band trailers go this week, there’s going to be very little that’s going to top the Evil Dead remake. And it certainly won’t be the trailer for Tommy Wirkola’s Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, which is so tame in comparison, it seems more like the original fairy tale than the adult action horror it’s supposed to be.
The filmschoolrejects.com site have commented on the new trailer and they are not alone in wondering how the hell this movie ever made it past the pitching stage. Of course, we’re hoping that once it’s released, it may reach the upper echelons of the ‘so bad it’s good' school of film making but it’s hard to judge from the trailer whether or not that’s going to be possible. Starring Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton as brother and sister duo Hansel and Gretel, Wirkola has taken the traditional Brothers Grimm tale and switched it up a little so that Hansel and Gretel are (as the title may suggest) witch hunters.
If nothing else, there are lots of schlocky special effects to revel in. Witches’ faces exploding into a spiky, metallic mess, bullets travelling through the air, whilst simultaneously evolving into spiky metallic weapons. Witches being split in half by spiky metallic chains. They kind of overdid it on the spiky, metallic special effects, if we’re honest. File under low-brow.
Watch the trailer for Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters