Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013)

 ●  English ● 1 hr 28 mins

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After getting a taste for blood as children, Hansel (Jeremy Renner) and Gretel (Gemma Arterton) have become the ultimate vigilantes, hell bent on retribution. Now, unbeknownst to them, Hansel and Gretel have become the hunted, and must face an evil far greater than witches...their past.
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Cast: Famke Janssen, Gemma Arterton, Jeremy Renner

Crew: Tommy Wirkola (Director), Michael Bonvillain (Director of Photography), Atli Örvarsson (Music Director)

Rating: A (India)

Genres: Action, Fantasy, Horror

Release Dates: 01 Feb 2013 (India)

Tagline: Classic Tale New Twist

English Name: Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters

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Did you know? Adam McKay said in 2010: "The idea is, they've grown up and they hunt witches. It's a hybrid sort of old-timey feeling, yet there's pump-acting shotguns. Modern technology but in an old style. We heard it and we were just like, 'That's a freakin' franchise! You could make three out of those!". Read More
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as Muriel
as Gretel
as Hansel
as Edward
as Candy Witch / Mother
as Sheriff Berringer
as Mina
as Mayor Engleman
as Edward
as Ben
as Tall Witch

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Film Type:
Feature Film
Language:
English
Colour Info:
Color
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Stereoscopy:
Shot in 3D
Archival Source:
QubeVault (Real Image Media Technologies) [Digital]
Taglines:
Classic Tale New Twist
Revenge is sweeter than candy.
Goofs:
Continuity
When Hansel and Gretel first arrive at the candy witch's lair as children, Gretel pulls off the end of one of the icing icicles to eat it. In the next few shots, the icicle is shown as intact when it should have a blunted end.

Continuity
When Hansel and Gretel are in front of the candy house, he eats colorful candy and she eats the white icicle. However when they go inside both of their mouths are colored.

Continuity
At the beginning of the movie when Hansel and Gretel are fighting the witch in the woods Hansel grabs the witch and slams her down on a log behind him. When the witch starts to back away from Hansel the log is in two parts with about 2 to 3 feet between pieces. In the very next shot the log pieces are almost touching with a thin gap. As Gretel locks the witch in place in the air the log is back to a wide gap of 2 to 3 feet.

Continuity
When Mina is tending to Hansel's wounds next to the lake his arm changes positions between shots - from resting on his knee, then his thigh, then his knee again.

Continuity
When Gretel is attacked by the sheriff and his men, she's wearing a leather jacket over her vest and blouse. Once Edward saves her, she rolls over to see him going after the sheriff, and her jacket is gone.

Revealing Mistakes
In the opening scene, their father is silhouetted against a curtain while holding a lamp. The glowing lamp is part of his shadow.
Trivia:
In the movie, Hansel is diabetic as a result of his experience in the gingerbread house as a child. In the original script, Gretel was also supposed to have an eating disorder as a result of her childhood trauma, but it was cut from the final version.

Originally scheduled for release in March 2012, was delayed for ten months to accommodate Renner's appearances in "The Avengers" and "The Bourne Legacy" and to give Wirkola time to shoot a post-credits scene.

When Ben is taking care of Gretel he brings her porridge and says that it's "not too hot, not too cold, but just right" thus making reference to Goldilocks and the Three Bears, another Tale from the Brothers Grimm.

Tommy Wirkola got the idea to create the film based on the adult lives of Hansel and Gretel in 2007 while at film school in Australia. After being discovered by Gary Sanchez Productions, Wirkola pitched the idea at a meeting with Paramount Pictures and won a contract.

Renner and Arterton had a month of training beforehand to prepare for the physical demands of their roles.

Famke Janssen and Gemma Arterton are both former Bond Girls.

Famke Janssen and Gemma Arterton are both former Bond Girls.

The text of the newspaper clippings used in the opening credits is from Alexander Roberts' 1616 "A Treatise on Witchcraft".

Gemma Arterton was ultimately cast in the role of Gretel, because she impressed Tommy Wirkola with her performance in "The Disappearance of Alice Creed".

Diane Kruger, Eva Green, and Noomi Rapace were considered to play Gretel, but Gemma Arterton was eventually cast.

Jeremy Renner found the production to be such a negative experience that he took a sabbatical from acting afterwards.

Adam McKay said in 2010: "The idea is, they've grown up and they hunt witches. It's a hybrid sort of old-timey feeling, yet there's pump-acting shotguns. Modern technology but in an old style. We heard it and we were just like, 'That's a freakin' franchise! You could make three out of those!".

The notices with images of the missing children and rewards being offered that are attached to milk bottles are a reference to the campaign started in the 1980s where pictures of missing kids were printed on milk cartons.
Movie Connection(s):
Followed by: Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters 2 (English)