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/ Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters (2013) /

Classic Tale New Twist.

Revenge is sweeter than candy.

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Famke Janssen as: Muriel
Directed By: Tommy Wirkola
Genre: Action | Fantasy | Horror
Runtime: 88 min

Release Date: 25 January 2013

Hansel & Gretel are 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.

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Cast Highlights

Jeremy Renner
Gemma Arterton


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  • Quotes

    Muriel: [picks up a missing child poster] I see you got my invitation.

    Gretel: Say your name before my arrows rip out your throat.

    Muriel: I go by many names. None of which you are worthy of pronouncing.

    [Muriel grins as she slowly reveals her true self to Gretel]

    Gretel: [whispers] Oh my God!

    Trivia & Facts

    Diane Kruger, Eva Green, and Noomi Rapace were considered to play Gretel, but Gemma Arterton was eventually cast.

    In the movie, Hansel is diabetic as a result of his experience in the gingerbread house as a child. In the original script, Gretel was also supposed to have an eating disorder as a result of her childhood trauma, but it was cut from the final version.

    When Ben is taking care of Gretel he brings her porridge and says that it’s “not too hot, not too cold, but just right” thus making reference to Goldilocks and the Three Bears, another Tale from the Brothers Grimm.

    Not screened in advance for critics.

    Famke Janssen and Gemma Arterton are both former Bond Girls.

    Gemma Arterton suffered an injury when she sprained her ankle while running through the forest.

    The text of the newspaper clippings used in the opening credits is from Alexander Roberts’ 1616 “A Treatise on Witchcraft”.

    In an interview with Famke Janssen at Cannes 2011, she stated that she took her role as the head witch because she had to pay off her mortgage. Janssen has stated multiple times that since 2007, she was prepping her writing/directorial debut Bringing Up Bobby (2011), where funding and distribution had gone through hard times, partly due to the 2008 economic crisis. She also had not done much acting in that period of time.

    Originally scheduled for release in March 2012, was delayed for ten months to accommodate Renner’s appearances in “The Avengers” and “The Bourne Legacy” and to give Wirkola time to shoot a post-credits scene.

    Gemma Arterton was ultimately cast in the role of Gretel, because she impressed Tommy Wirkola with her performance in “The Disappearance of Alice Creed”.

    Tommy Wirkola got the idea to create the film based on the adult lives of Hansel and Gretel in 2007 while at film school in Australia. After being discovered by Gary Sanchez Productions, Wirkola pitched the idea at a meeting with Paramount Pictures and won a contract.

    Adam McKay said in 2010: “The idea is, they’ve grown up and they hunt witches. It’s a hybrid sort of old-timey feeling, yet there’s pump-acting shotguns. Modern technology but in an old style. We heard it and we were just like, ‘That’s a freakin’ franchise! You could make three out of those!”.

    Renner and Arterton had a month of training beforehand to prepare for the physical demands of their roles.

    Was generally panned by mainstream critics, particularly for what they saw as its weak script and gratuitous violence. However, many horror genre critics were more positive, viewing the film as unpretentiously entertaining. The film topped the domestic box office on it’s opening weekend and was a major hit in Brazil, Russia, Germany and Mexico. It’s worldwide theatrical run gross exceed $200 million for the production cost of $50 million. Due to the commercial success of the film, which was planned as the first part of a series, it’s sequel is currently in development.

    Character Information

    Muriel is the grand dark witch in the movie Hansel and Gretel witch hunters, she uses dark powers to kill her enemies, her goal is to collect the blood of the 12 moons which in her case 12 children and collect the heart of a grand light witch, when she gets them she will do everything in her power to be immune to fire which will happen by having the potion that was made with the blood of the 12 children and the heart she must drink it on a blood moon but…

    External Links

  • Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters (2013) On IMBD
  • Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters (2013) On Wikipedia