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Watch: Grisly Red-Band Trailer (& Poster) For 'Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters' With Jeremy Renner & Gemma Arterton

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by Oliver Lyttelton
October 29, 2012 1:35 PM
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If the performance this summer of "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" was anything to go by, the future of the "[Insert Name Of Historical Or Literary Figure]: [Insert Name Of Supernatural Creature] Hunter" sub-genre isn't looking too great; even on a relatively modest budget, Timur Bekmambetov's horror-actioner failed to make much of a box office impact, only just scraping its way to $100 million worldwide. But if Paramount had any second thoughts about their own "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters," it was too late; the film had long since wrapped (indeed, it was set to come out first, until it was delayed nearly a full year by the studio), and was already on the release schedule.

The studio were at one point said to be considering recutting the film for a PG-13, but eventually decided it against it, as they're keen to demonstrate with a blood-and-viscera-splattered new red band trailer that just debuted over at IGN. We weren't especially impressed by the green band equivalent, but was all the good stuff hiding among the gristle and cursing?

Not so much, no. We like a bit of gore as much as the next man, and the film certainly seems to deliver on that front, with exploding bodies, decapitated heads and razor wire dismemberments left, right and center. But the film continues to look like Terry Gilliam's "The Brothers Grimm" but without the wit; the alleged horror-comedy lacking in any of the laughs that you might expect from producers Adam McKay and Will Ferrell. Leads Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton continue to look uncomfortable, and we might also have a front-runner for the most misogynistic film of 2012, not least by the immediate damsel-in-distress sidelining of Arterton.

Could we be pleasantly surprised? We're always optimistic, and it could be that it's just being undersold by the marketing. But a release date that pits it in the depths of January hardly bodes well. You can find out if our gut is right when the film opens on January 25th, 2013.

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9 Comments

  • jingmei | October 30, 2012 1:53 AMReply

    Nice article.

  • Alex | October 29, 2012 8:18 PMReply

    Looks crap - like Brothers Grimms / Mirror Mirror/ Alice and Wonderland 3D crap.

  • Ugh | October 29, 2012 5:41 PMReply

    "Hansel... he's so hot right now!"

    Looks like dog shit.

  • Tom | October 29, 2012 5:38 PMReply

    How is this so horribly misogynistic? Would you rather see "Hansel and Gretel: Witch AND WIZARD Hunters?"

  • Alex | October 29, 2012 8:16 PM

    Haaaa - i was going to argue against you but when you put it like that it sounds a little absurd. Its just annoying that Gretel became the damsel and her knuckle head brother had to blow the 'bitches' heads off to save his sister. Bleurgh

  • cammy | October 29, 2012 5:05 PMReply

    i'm a big renner fan so i'll probably give this a shot

  • Abztract | October 29, 2012 4:50 PMReply

    I think it looks like fun. The blood & guts that I love in Tarantino movies, plus Jeremy Renner... yay! Too bad it isn't being released for Hallowe'en.

  • rich | October 29, 2012 2:40 PMReply

    ''When you see my signal, unleash hell'' ... I feel as though I may have heard that before...

  • j bone | October 29, 2012 2:26 PMReply

    this looks like complete and utter shit, and this is coming from a big renner fan

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