| Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013) |
I admit, this didn't seem like a great movie when I first came across it, but with a name like Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters I had to check it out. It's pretty much what you'd expect it to be, an alternate version of the classic story of Hansel and Gretel where the duo become bounty hunters after slaying their first witch. This film is the epitome of a guilty pleasure, yet I can't bring myself to hate it.
The film begins with the duo as children escaping and killing the witch from their classic story and becoming minor celebrities as witch hunters. They arrive in a town where witches have been kidnaping children recently and are hired by the mayor to put a stop to it and get the kids back alive. Despite the world being a typical fantasy setting there are several modern forms of technology, mostly in the form of weapons wielded by the titular duo.
There is a decent story here, but the main focus is on the action and special effects. This is without a doubt the witch-killingest movie I have ever seen, with the final 30 minutes of the film alone racking up a body count of dozens of witches one right after the other along with a few minor characters. Aside from the entirely female witches the body count is fairly even. Some male characters as well as female characters die so I can't call misandry in regards to the death toll.
The movie also has Gretel suffering just as much damage as Hansel in the fights, including things like bloody cuts, scraps and bruises. Given the title I also don't think I need to mention how many witches get killed off in various nasty ways at the hands of Hansel, Gretel and their few allies. Ultimately, I'd say violence in this movie heavily skews towards women, though most of it is towards the monstrous witches rather than normal human women. I'd say its fair enough given the insane body counts I've seen in other movies.
Let me just say that this isn't worth your time if you want a serious movie or can't stand somewhat over the tops levels of violence and gore. If a person exploding on a crowd of people or being cut to ribbons by wire is too much for you I'd say skip it. If you have a couple hours to kill and want to watch a silly action movie with some good fight scenes and special effects I'd say go ahead and check it out.
- Reviewed by Midnight Undead
Rating: R (Strong fantasy horror violence and gore, brief sexuality/nudity and language)
Run Time: 88 minutess