Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

2013 film by Tommy Wirkola
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Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters is a 2013 action horror film written and directed by Tommy Wirkola. It is a continuation to the German folklore fairy tale "Hansel and Gretel", in which the titular siblings are now grown up and working as a duo of witch exterminators for hire. The film stars Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton in the title roles with Famke Janssen, Peter Stormare, Thomas Mann, Pihla Viitala and Derek Mears as the supporting cast.

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Michael Bonvillain
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  • January 25, 2013 (2013-01-25) (United States)
  • February 28, 2013 (2013-02-28) (Germany)
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88 minutes
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  • United States
  • Germany
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English
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$50 million
Box office
$226.3 million

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Hansel: We learned a couple of things while we were trapped in that house. One, never walk in to a house made of candy. And two, if you're gonna kill a witch, set her ass on fire.
  • 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!".
  • 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.
  • The notices with images of the missing children and rewards being offered that are attached to milk bottles are a reference to the campaign started in the 1980s where pictures of missing kids were printed on milk cartons.
  • 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.
  • Tommy Wirkola:  One of Berringer's deputies.

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