The classic fairytale of Hansel and Gretel gets updated into a twisted and gruesome horror film in the new trailer for Gretel & Hansel, set to open in theaters January 31st.
Directed by Oz Perkins, the film stars Sophia Lillis as older sister Gretel and Sam Leakey as her 8-year-old brother, Hansel. It finds the siblings cast out from their home and struggling to survive when they stumble upon a small house in the forest, from which emanates an intoxicating smell of sweet food. Of course, the house belongs to a witch named Holda (played by Alice Krige), who takes the children in and gets right down to doing some terrifying, witchy things.
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The trailer offers little in the way of specific plot points, beyond the classic core of the fairytale, although it’s packed with plenty of eerie moments: There’s a tree filled with children’s boots, secret passages in the house, Gretel slowly peeling a bloody sheet off corpses and a man preparing to swallow a burning metal rod. For good measure, the clip closes with Holda pulling what looks to be a long strand of hair from her mouth.
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