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In this modern retelling of the classic horror tale, teen siblings are enslaved by a psychotic recluse within her gruesome house of horrors in the woods.
The Asylum takes the classic tale of Hansel and Gretel and gives it a modern spin. When their father announces he is getting married again to a younger woman Hansel takes a fit and runs off into the woods. Gretel follows him and finds that he has gotten himself caught in a bear trap. Looking for help they come upon the little cottage of Lilith, owner of the local bakery and Gretel's employer. The story takes off from there, to talk about the plot too much would only ruin the surprises that await so I am not going to go into any more details here.
To be honest I wasn't expecting much from this and went into it with my expectations low but was happy to find a very good flick here. The story is slow in a few spots but for the most part it keeps a fast pace and while there are a few cheesy parts the story is mainly played straight. Once the story gets going and Lilith's true nature is revealed the suspense really picks up, there's plenty of action and violence and a number a nice twists along the way as well.
What makes the film even better is it's cast, Brent Lydic and Stephanie Greco are fantastic as Hansel and Gretel but the film belongs to Dee Wallace who steals and chews up every scene she is in as Lilith. The supporting cast all did a terrific job as well.
Production wise the film looks great and the effects are very well done. So the bottom line here is that Hansel and Gretel is one of the better horror films to come from The Asylum in awhile, it has a good story and plenty of mayhem to go along with the stellar performance from Wallace. The twist at the end wasn't much of a surprise but I did like it anyway and I hope to see a sequel at some point. Available on DVD amd Blu-ray, both come with Special Features that include:
5.1 Surround Sound
Making of Featurette
If you're a horror buff I highly recommend checking out this fun little flick.
Released by The Asylum Home Entertainment
**** Out Of *****