Two 'Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters' International Spots

Wednesday, 02 January 2013 09:59 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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Two 'Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters' International Spots

After a pretty extensive delay, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters arrives in theaters at the end of this month.  What better way to whet your appetite for the goofy action-horror-fairy tale than with a pair of international TV spots containing not even a hint of English?

Both of these spots are Russian, and as such, you won't be hearing the voices of Jeremy Renner or Gemma Arterton as the title characters.  Instead, you'll be treated to the soothing tones of a whole lot of Russian, both from the characters and voiceover.  So if you were looking to glean more information as to this movie's story or even hear more cheese-filled one-liners, then you're out of luck.

If, however, you're looking for many, many shots of the duo's anachronistic weapons shooting, cutting, and blowing stuff up, then you'll find plenty of visuals to enjoy here.  There's so much show-offy slow motion that Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters begins to distinctly resemble Timur Bekmambetov's Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter in its insistence on shots of weaponry and whatnot, clarifying immediately that the witch hunting business is a kewl one.  Slo-mo aside, these spots do show off a bit of variation in the movie's locations, which previously looked limited almost exclusively to generic woods. There's one shot, for example, of a desert setting.

Of course, there are also lots of digital witches and whatnot.

This story takes place fifteen years after Hansel and Gretel were almost eaten by a witch in a candy house, at which point the kids murdered the witch.  Unsatisfied with the brutal killing of just one witch, the siblings have spent the years between channeling Blade as they wander the woods in leather outfits and dispatch supernatural villains using improbably high tech weapons and tricks.

Renner and Arterton suit up as the central pair, but the cast also includes Famke Janssen as the villain and supporting turns from Thomas Mann, Zoe Bell, and Peter Stormare.

Tommy Wirkola, best known for the 2009 zombie-Nazi mashup Dead Snow, directs from a script he co-wrote with Dante Harper.

Originally scheduled for last March, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters will instead arrive in theaters this January 25th.

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