‘Gretel & Hansel’ Trailer Unveils a Creepy Horror Take On the Classic Fairy Tale

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Take a look at the trailer released for Gretel & Hansel, an upcoming horror film based on the well-known German fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm.

The tale of the two abandoned siblings that are taken in by a witch who intends to fatten them up and eat them is no doubt very dark, and it could be perfect for a moody horror film that looks to be in the vein of The Witch. Sophia Lillis (known for playing young Beverly Marsh in the It movies) plays Gretel, Samuel Leakey plays Hansel, and Alice Krige (The OA) plays the witch.

This marks the third feature for director Osgood Perkins, who previously made atmospheric yet somewhat elusive horror films The Blackcoat’s Daughter and Netflix’s I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House. Written by Rob Hayes.

Gretel & Hansel, also starring Jessica De Gouw and Charles Babalola, will open in the US on January 31, 2020.

Official synopsis for Gretel & Hansel:

A long time ago in a distant fairytale countryside, a young girl (Sophia Lillis, It) leads her little brother (Sammy Leakey) into a dark wood in desperate search of food and work, only to stumble upon a nexus of terrifying evil.

From Osgood Perkins, the director of The Blackcoat’s Daughter and I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House, the film also stars Alice Krige (“The OA,” Star Trek: First Contact), Jessica De Gouw (“Underground,” “Arrow”) and Charles Babalola (“Black Mirror,” The Legend of Tarzan).

Gretel & Hansel is written by Rob Hayes (“Chewing Gum”), produced by Brian Kavanaugh-Jones (Sinister, Upgrade) and Fred Berger (La La Land, Destroyer) on behalf of Automatik and executive produced by Sandra Yee Ling and Macdara Kelleher.

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