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They sure are ugly witches!
9 August 2015
Hope I spelt that correctly! This 2013 action-horror neo-noir comedy is a sequel to the fairy tale in which Hansel [Jeremy Renner] and Gretel [Gemma Arterton] are now adults embarked on a career as witch hunters. The movie opens with a reworking of the basic tale and then skips forward ‘many years’ as the duo are hired to investigate the disappearance of a number of children, bringing them into conflict with the local sheriff and witches alike.
The opening credits a reminiscent of ‘Lemony Snikett’ anf the fast driving music is likewise quirky. Instantly we know this is special. The entire story has been given that steam-punked edge with sleek costumes and snazzy weaponry. The special effects and make up are first class with good acting from all and a clear picture quality.
The single disc opens to language selection of English or Netherlands, selection takes you to main screen offering play, set up [basically subtitles or audio description], special features [a single making of documentery] and scene selection. Rated at 15 it has everything, nudity, gratuitous swearing, bloody gory deaths, burnings and head crushings and in many respects outdoes a lot of ‘dedicated horror’ movies, so this is definitely not one for the kiddies. If you like action with a comic twist -although the plot twists do seem rather obvious, and like the recent trend for giving everything a Victoriana steampunked edge, you’ll probably love this, but if you want the traditional fairytale approach look elsewhere.