Category Fantasy

Gretel & Hansel

Gretel & Hansel

Although its most obvious source of inspiration is the Grimm Brothers’ fairy tale, Gretel & Hansels storybook slow burner also takes plenty of cues from other movies in the horror genre.

Gretel & Hansel follows two siblings in their attempt to survive in the woods. Gretel (Sophia Lillis) is forced to act as a surrogate mother figure to her younger brother Hansel (Samuel Leakey). When they come upon Holda’s (Alice Krige) overly lavish home, the witch tries to tempt Gretel down a different, darker path.

Gretel & Hansel follows the beats of the original fairy tale quite closely. Director Oz Perkins uses careful lingering shots to convey the darker themes broached in this horror reimagining. With its slow burn bent, Gretel & Hansel joins the annals of folk horror, pulling from a number...

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