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A classic tale butchered and overcooked,
This review is from: Hansel & Gretel [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
The childrens dark fairytale of Hansel and Gretel is a great one but this Asylum incarnation isn't. Asylum films are low budget 'mockbusters', released shortly after the big budget blockbuster of the same name as a cheap cash-in. They are mostly terrible although they often have their own take on the story. This is one of their latest offerings and to be honest one of their better ones..
That isn't to say this is any good. In a film based on Hansel and Gretel it really should have atmosphere in spades but here it doesn't have any. You could be forgiven for expecting some kind of surreal look to the film, filled with colour, sweets and chocolates and all that stuff but you will be disappointed. It has a more adult drab look and that look extends to the cast as well. Hansel and Gretel who are both I would guess in their twenties seem slightly too old for the role. There is a little bit of character development but you won't really care for the characters. Gretel is very attractive though...But the one big thing the film has going for it is in Dee Wallace who plays the witch. She is by far and away the standout and probably the only reason you will keep watching. But even her character isn't done any justice by the woeful script and direction which is a shame as she could have been used so much better.
It might have an adult look but there is little in the way of blood and gore which might not be a pre requisite for horror films but when there is nothing else it would be good to fall back on. None of the deaths are memorable but they are ridiculous and you will probably find yourself laughing at just how stupid some of these scenes are. I won't spoil any but lets just say some of these characters have a superhuman constitution. And then there is the ending 'twist' which is unimaginative, cliche and also ridiculously unreal.
Bottom line, the film just isn't very good or enjoyable. Not even the brilliant Dee Wallace can save it. Avoid.