Thursday, June 20, 2013

Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters (2013)

Witches, who look like a Norwegian Death Metal band, begin kidnapping children from a small village. The over zealous Sheriff wants to kill anyone suspected of being a witch. But this is temporarily halted when the Mayor hires famous witch hunters, Hansel and Gretel.

Hansel and Gretel think there is something more sinister going on due to the unusually high number of children taken from one area.  After capturing the witch who looks a bit like a goth Eddie Izzard, they figure out that there will soon be a blood moon and  the witches intend some sort of ritual using 6 boys and 6 girls.

For famous witch hunters, Hansel and Gretel don't seem to be the best at their job.  They get dragged through the woods or get injured frequently. Once they get the witches within their clutches, their proclivity to speak instead of act, gives the witches time to escape or make a break for it, causing more potential for more injuries. Get it together, kids!  Stop being so lax in your methods.

This is a pretty ridiculous movie, but at times it's fun because it's so ridiculous.  There are some cool effects, such as when the Troll crushes or lops off some heads.  The movie is almost in a no mans land as far as who it's intended for - it's a bit violent for a kids fairy tale but it's a bit stupid for adults.

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