Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters

January 25th 2013
  • Action/Fantasy,
  • R,
  • 88 min,
  • Paramount Pictures
  • Cast: Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton, Famke Janssen, Pihla Viitala, Peter Stormare, Zoe Bell, Derek Mears, Monique Ganderton, Thomas Mann, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Thomas Scharff, Isaiah Michalski, Cedric Eich, Jason Oettle, Alea Sophia Boudodimos, Lucy Ella von Scheele, Joanna Kulig, Alessija Lause, Vanessa Wieduwilt, Robin Atkin Downes, Bjørn Sundquist, Rainer Bock , Kathrin Kühnel, Matthias Ziesing, Sebastian Hülk, Vegar Hoel, Jeppe Laursen, Christian Rubeck, Stig Frode Henriksen, Fritz Roth, Lucas Mann
  • Director: Tommy Wirkola
  • Writers: D.W. Harper, Tommy Wirkola
  • Producers: Will Ferrell, Beau Flynn, Chris Henchy, Adam Mckay, Kevin J. Messick
  • Co Producer: Christopher Fisser
  • Associate Producers: Tracy Grayson, Robyn Wholey
  • Executive Producer: Denis L. Stewart
  • Art Directions: Stephan O. Gessler, Anja Müller, Andreas Olshausen
  • Castings: Deborah Aquila, Jennifer L. Smith, Tricia Wood
  • Costume Design: Marlene Stewart
  • D.O.P.: Michael Bonvillain
  • Editor: Jim Page
  • Makeup: Mike Elizade
  • Music: Atli Örvarsson
  • Production Design: Stephen Scott
  • Set Decoration: Bernhard Henrich


In this spin on the fairy tale, Hansel & Gretel are now adult bounty hunters who track and kill witches all over the world. As the fabled Blood Moon approaches, the siblings encounter a new form of evil that might hold a secret to their past.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: Berlin, Germany; Lower Saxony, Germany
  • MPAA Warning: Strong fantasy horror violence and gore, brief sexuality/nudity and language
  • Production Budget: $60 million
  • Production Companies: Siebzehnte Babelsberg, Gary Sanchez Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), Paramount Pictures, Spyglass Entertainment
  • Production Schedule: 13 March 2011 - 3 June 2011

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2013 Guide Analysis: "After cult success with 2009's Nazi zombie horror comedy "Dead Snow", Norwegian filmmaker Wirkola was hired for this $60 million pseudo-sequel to the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale. Here the siblings are now grown adults who've become expert witch-killing bounty hunters. The pair are hired to rid a small town of an evil sorceress, one who plans to sacrifice the local children. At the same time they have to deal with a brutal sheriff.

The second fairytale action epic originally slated for 2012 and delayed nine months (the other being "Jack the Giant Killer"), this one's ambitions and expectations aren't as high - something which actually works in its favor. In fact this is one case where the delay is not only justified but has proven quite beneficial.

For starters it hits in January, a month that has proven surprisingly profitable for mid-range genre films such as "The Book of Eli" and "Cloverfield". It's two stars - Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton - have seen their profiles go up, especially Renner who is coming off a strong year with three successful tentpoles under his belt. While it is dark, there's much more a vibe of fun and 'f**k it' attitude on display here than other fairytale adaptations of late.

The first trailer was a misfire but not terribly so - all the focus on swirling leather trench coats, anachronistic and almost steampunk-esque firearms, and witches that looked like 250-year-old Marilyn Manson impersonators. As a result we really didn't get a good glimpse of what to expect, rather the film came off like a "Van Helsing" spin-off - perfect for teenage boys but not really anything on offer for the rest of us.

In late Summer though the buzz shifted for the better after word leaked out that two versions of the film were tested. One a PG-13 teen friendly movie, the other an explicitly humored and far superior R-rated cut. Wirkola previously said in interviews during production that it's definitely an R-rated film due to the blood and gore, and it was hoped that it would be the version we'll get to see. Sadly that is no longer the case."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 17 January 2013: Russia
  • 23 January 2013: Indonesia, Philippines, Taiwan
  • 24 January 2013: Argentina, Chile, Greece, Hong Kong, Peru, Singapore, Thailand
  • 25 January 2013: Brazil, Bulgaria, Colombia, Iceland, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay
  • 31 January 2013: Bahrain, Croatia, Kuwait, New Zealand, Portugal, Ukraine
  • 1 February 2013: Estonia, India, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Romania, Turkey
  • 6 February 2013: Belgium
  • 7 February 2013: Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, Hungary, Serbia
  • 8 February 2013: Finland, Poland
  • 14 February 2013: Republic of Macedonia, South Korea
  • 22 February 2013: Ireland
  • 27 February 2013: Sweden, UK
  • 28 February 2013: Czech Republic, Germany, Netherlands
  • 1 March 2013: Spain, Venezuela
  • 6 March 2013: France