Hansel & Gretel is a 2013 American horror film produced by The Asylum and directed by Anthony C. Ferrante. A modern take of the Brothers Grimm fairytale of the same name, the film stars Dee Wallace, Brent Lydic and Stephanie Greco. The film is a mockbuster of the Paramount Pictures and Metro Goldwyn Mayer film Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters.
Hansel & Gretel (2013 film) Wikipedia
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 moronic 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". The plot revolves around their attempts to escape the clutches of this old age pensioner, and her mute sons.
Dee Wallace as Lilith
Brent Lydic as Hansel Grimm
Stephanie Greco as Gretel Grimm
Steve Hanks as Brandon Grimm
Clark Perry as Kevin
M. Steven Felty as Sheriff Woody Meckes
Adrian Bustamante as Deputy Gerry Carter
Jasper Cole as John
Sara E. Fletcher as Jane
Director Anthony C. Ferrante personally asked Dee Wallace to join the production. Wallace was drawn to her character because it was more than just a stereotypical witch. Wallace found the shooting grueling; besides issues with the budget and time limitations, temperatures rose to 100 degrees Fahrenheit, and there was no air conditioning. Wallace performed her own stunts.
The film was released direct-to-DVD on January 8, 2013. In the tradition of The Asylums catalog, Hansel & Gretel is a mockbuster of the Paramount Pictures/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/MTV film Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, which it preceded by five days.
Scott Foy of Dread Central rated it 3/5 stars and called it "a perfectly okay horror movie" after seeing a misleading pull quote of his comments in a previous article used as ad copy. Mark L. Miller of AICN wrote that the film has "a few worthwhile and creative scenes of grue and gore" but frequently descends into tedious torture porn. Dave Pace of Fangoria rated it 2/4 stars and called it "a good evening of entertainment" that, outside of one shocking and imaginative hallucinatory scene, lacks ambition. Rod Lott of the Oklahoma Gazette wrote that it is "still technically a bad movie, but leagues above the labels usual level of dreck."