Second Red Band Trailer for Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters Preaches an Important Lesson
01.07.13 by Ryan
It's important to learn from one's mistakes.
The original fairy tale of Hansel and Gretel told of a poor woodcutter's family, who are so poor that they leave their children in the woods to fend for themselves because they cannot afford to feed them. Abandoned, the siblings find a house made of gingerbread and sugar that houses a blind yet cannibalistic witch who wants to eat them. Instead, Gretel tricks the witch and burns her alive in her own oven and the kids live happily ever after.
The upcoming horror comedy Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters continues the siblings' story, taking Hansel and Gretel (Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton) into adulthood, where they are now trained witch hunters that are hired to defeat a coven of witches and retrieve the children they have abducted. As the title indicates, the movie is a tongue-in-cheek affair, and a bloody one at that, as revealed in the second red band trailer (the first red band trailer was released in October), which offers a simple, yet effective, lesson that Hansel and Gretel live by.
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Only appearing briefly in the trailer is Famke Janssen (X-Men, Taken), who co-stars as the evil sorceress and main antagonist of the movie. The actress admitted to The AV Club that she was "very excited, but yet nervous" to see how the movie turned out, mostly because she spends most of the movie buried under a mountain of make-up.
"You have a team, literally, of people trailing your every move, because every time you open your mouth, something unglues and they need to be in there with a stick of glue to put it back together," said Janssen of her Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters experience. "So there’s that restriction and limitation, which I found difficult to work with. And then, also, you know your own face in a way that certain things, when you act, work and don’t work, and with that ugly makeup on your face, it’s a challenge."
Audiences will finally get to see the "challenge" later this month, as Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters was delayed from its original March 2012 release date to January 25th instead. Tommy Wirkola (Dead Snow) directed the movie, which was produced by Anchorman director Adam McKay and actor Will Ferrell. Peter Stormare (Lockout) co-stars.