HANSEL & GRETEL (2013) Reviews and overview


‘A classic tale… horrifyingly real.’

Hansel & Gretel is a 2013 American horror feature film directed by Anthony C. Ferrante (Sharknado franchise; Headless Horseman; Boo) from a screenplay by Jose Prendes (Unspeakable Horrors: The Plan 9 Conspiracy; Hansel vs Gretel), based loosely on story by The Brothers Grimm. The Asylum production stars Dee Wallace, Brent Lydic and Stephanie Greco.

The film is a mockbuster of big budget release Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters.

Teen siblings Hansel and Gretel Grimm are abducted by an elderly recluse named Lilith and witness the horrors of her home in the woods.

Lilith and her dim-witted sons are involved in a conspiracy to fatten up children before she eats them and the local population to serve in meat pies in her local shop “the Gingerbread House”…


” …for the most part, this is Hostel meets Grimm’s fairy tales. Dee Wallace is actually quite good as Lilith, shouting frantically and eating up the scenery as the evil witch abductor. But then again, things get yawny when the film resorts to women in chains and guys who are having a bit too much fun torturing them.” Ambush Bug, Ain’t It Cool News

“Of particular note is a weirdo sequence where each character
suffers a kind of hallucinatory purgatory. It’s fun, imaginative and even a bit shocking. Unfortunately, this chunk only serves to highlight the blandness of everything else around it.” Fangoria

” …for a direct-to-video splotch of mindless horror escapism in 90 minutes or less, H&G did the trick. It’s still technically a bad movie, but leagues above the label’s usual level of dreck. Ferrante seems to care about delivering the best he can, rather than simply meeting a tight deadline.” Rod Lot, Oklahoma Gazette

Choice dialogue:

Sheriff Woody Meckes: “We’ll find ’em. Easy as pie…”

Main cast:

  • Dee Wallace … Lilith – Ouija House; Red ChristmasCujo; The Howling; et al
  • Brent Lydic … Hansel Grimm – Fortune CookieHansel vs Gretel; Flu Bird Horror; Headless Horseman
  • Stephanie Greco … Gretel Grimm – Chemical PeelThe Haunting of Whaley House
  • Steve Hanks … Brandon Grimm
  • Sara Fletcher … Jane
  • Clark Perry … Kevin
  • M. Steven Felty … Sheriff Woody Meckes
  • Adrian Bustamante … Deputy Gerry Carter
  • Jasper Cole … John

Wikipedia | IMDb

Plot keywords:

animal trap | barbed wire | cabin | cannibalism | captivity | despair | drugged | family conflict | fairy tale | full moon | furnace | hope | meal | meat pies | police | screaming | shackles | siblings | torture | video game | vomiting | witches | woods

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