'Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters' Is Brothers Grimm Meets Quentin Tarantino (VIDEO)

Hansel and Gretel: Witch HuntersI wasn't terribly interested in either of the recent Snow White movies -- either The Huntsman version or Mirror Mirror -- but sign me right the hell up for the newest installment in what appears to be a current trend for re-inventing well-known fairytales. I mean, if you're going to serve up a twist on a classic Brothers Grimm tale, you might as well stick a superhot action star in it, give it a pulpy, ultra-violent feel, and infuse the whole thing with comical amounts of modern weaponry, right? In other words, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters looks ridiculously awesome.

The trailer for Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters just hit the web, and it's a doozy. I'm pretty sure it's the kind of thing you'll either love or hate, so check it out and let me know which side of the fence you fall on. Team Witch Hunters? Or Team Oh My God This Looks Like a Steaming Pile of Crap WTF Were You Thinking, Jeremy Renner?


The synopsis for Witch Hunters is this: it's 15 years after their "traumatic gingerbread-house incident," and siblings Hansel and Gretel have become bounty hunters who track and kill witches all over the world.


Oh wait, there's more: the brother-and-sister team must now team up against a mysterious new threat, which is ... well, we don't know what it is, but it's scary and big and our intrepid witch-killing duo is going to have to get out the big guns to fight it.

Check it out:

My feeling is that this has some real potential to be creepy and funny and gory and way, way, WAY over the top, which is pretty much my favorite kind of movie. (Basically, anything that comes remotely close to Evil Dead 2 is right up my alley.) The director is Tommy Wirkola, the Norwegian weirdo who brought us the 2009 Nazi zombie flick (yes, NAZI ZOMBIES) Dead Snow, and it looks like he had a lot of fun making this movie. Matrix-esque arrow dodging scenes! Female action lead head butts! Decapitated witch splatter-fu!

Plus, Jeremy Renner in a black leather duster. Yeah, I'm in.

Unfortunately, we'll have to wait a while to see if this really is any good, because Paramount pushed back the film's release date until January 2013 (to avoid overexposing Renner, who's in, like, everything these days). Something deliciously unwholesome to look forward to, after the treacly family-friendly holiday movies, maybe?

What do you think of the Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters trailer? Is this your kind of movie?

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