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The knee jerk reaction at seeing the title Gretel and Hansel was one of immediate disinterest but something about the still caught my attention and so I begrudgedly pressed play on the trailer only to find myself actually looking forward to yet another take on the classic fairy tale.

This new interpretation stars Sophia Lillis of IT fame as Gretel, new-comer Samuel Leakey as Hansel, and Alice Krige as Holda, the evil witch who traps the children.

Few directors could get me excited for a project on that limited amount of information but Oz Perkins is definitely one of them.

Perkins has proven his ability to direct seemingly familiar horror tropes to success, both The Blackcoat's Daughter and I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House are far more effective than any synopsis would lead you to believe, and it appears the director has brought his unique approach to Gretel and Hansel as well.

The trailer is dark, creepy and mysterious; we know what the basic story is but this iteration, adapted by Rob Hayes, seems far more interested in the drama unfolding between Gretel and Holda and even the movie's title suggests this tale is all about Gretel.

Gretel and Hansel opens January 31, 2020.

Recommended Release: The Blackcoat's Daughter

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