HANSEL & GRETEL (2013) Reviews and free to watch online

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‘A classic tale… horrifyingly real.’
Hansel & Gretel is a 2013 American horror film directed by Anthony C. Ferrante (Nix; SwimZombie Tidal WaveSharknado franchise; Boo!;  Headless Horseman) from a screenplay written by Jose Prendes (Unspeakable Horrors: The Plan 9 Conspiracy; Hansel vs Gretel), based very loosely on a 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. A sequel, Hansel vs Gretel, followed in 2015.

Plot:
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”…

Reviews:
” …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.” 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

“It has a few good moments and That Lady From The Howling clearly has fun with this. If I hadn’t already seen here play evil in that La Llorona film, this would at least have that appeal going for it. As it is, it feels way more like Wrong Turn than it should. It’s not the worst Asylum film by far, but its bleak tone and gory nature make it pretty niche.” Mondo Bizarro

“[Dee] Wallace takes the opportunity to pulls all stops out and go completely nuts in the role – all considerably to the film’s entertainment value. Not to mention that she gets assorted scenes shoving pitchforks and machetes into victims and bashing heads in with rolling pins.” Moria

” …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.” Oklahoma Gazette

“The plot isn’t anything too special, but keeps from being entirely predictable and throws in the odd spot of weirdness (scenes involving hallucinogenic candies and string that cuts like razor wire spring to mind). Not that this is necessarily a glowing endorsement, but this is the best movie produced by The Asylum that I’ve seen so far.” Schlock to the System

“Not only is this Asylum’s best work to date, it is also their most enjoyable work yet. A terrifically over-the-top performance by Dee Wallace who gets to shout lines like “F-cking eat!” and “I was always going to eat you!” seals the deal. A must-watch for slasher fans. I can’t wait to dig in for seconds.” Slasher Studios

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

Full film – free to watch online on YouTube [1080p HD]:

Or watch on Horror Central YouTube channel

Related:

HANSEL VS GRETEL (2015) Reviews and free to watch online

HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS (2013) Overview

HANSEL & GRETEL GET BAKED (2013) Reviews and overview

HANSEL AND GRETEL (2007) Reviews and overview

GRETEL AND HANSEL (2020) Reviews and overview

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

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

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