While Disney has found great success over the decades making animated and live-action versions of classic fairytales, the source material for these stories is often much darker than what gets to the screen. Hansel and Gretel is one of the most famous fairytales of all time, but it has never had the full Disney movie treatment–perhaps because it involves lost children and a witch who wants to cook and eat them. Frankly, it sounds more like the plot of a horror movie, and that’s clearly what the makers of the upcoming scary adaptation Gretel & Hansel thought too. A new clip from the movie has now been released.
The clip shows the two siblings of the title encountering a house deep in a wood. This is a time of famine and plague, so naturally the possibility of finding some food inside lures Hansel instead–but there’s also someone very scary in there too. Check it out below.
Gretel and Hansel are played by Sophia Lillis, who starred as the younger Beverly Marsh in two recent It movies, and newcomer Sammy Leakey, with Alice Krige (Star Trek: First Contact) as the witch. It’s directed by Oz Perkins, who previously made the acclaimed indie horrors The Blackcoat’s Daughter and I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House. Perkins is also the son of the late Anthony Perkins, who played Norman Bates in Hitchcock’s classic Psycho. Gretel & Hansel hits theaters on January 31, and you can also watch the trailer here.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Perkins spoke about what to expect from this new version of the classic story. “In the title, the names are reversed, which obviously caught my attention,” he said. “It’s awfully faithful to the original story, it’s got really only three principal characters: Hansel, Gretel, and the Witch. We tried to find a way to make it more of a coming-of-age story. I wanted Gretel to be somewhat older than Hansel, so it didn’t feel like two 12-year-olds–rather, a 16-year-old and an 8-year-old.
“There was more of a feeling like Gretel having to take Hansel around everywhere she goes, and how that can impede one’s own evolution, how our attachments and the things that we love can sometimes get in the way of our growth. Sophia Lillis is really fantastic. She has one of those faces that the camera immediately understands, which is something that rarely happens. For my style and for my taste, which tends to be minimalist and a little bit more mannered, she’s really a dream.”
For more, check out GameSpot’s guide to the biggest upcoming horror movies of 2020.
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