Gretel and Hansel also known as ‘Gretel & Hansel: A Grim Fairy Tales‘ is a 2020 dark fantasy horror movie based on the German folklore tale ‘Hansel and Gretel’ by the Brothers Grimm. The film ‘Gretel & Hansel’ received favorable reviews from critics, with praises for its cinematography and visual effects, as well as the performances and the horror elements, but received criticism for the screenplay and pacing. The movie was directed by Oz Perkins and produced by Fred Berger, Dan Kagan, and Brian Kavanaugh and released on the 31st of January 2020.
Gretel and Hansel Movie Cast
- Sophia Lillis as Gretel: Gretel is a 16-year old girl and Hansel’s older sister.
- Sam Leakey as Hansel: Hansel is Gretel’s 8-year old brother.
- Charles Babalola as The Hunter: The Hunter is a young man who helps Gretel and Hansel early in the story.
- Alice Krige as Holda The Witch: Holda The Witch is a terrifying and powerful evil witch. Who lives in the shadows of the dark wood and kidnaps Gretel and Hansel.
- Jessica De Gouw as Young Holda The Witch
The movie ‘Gretel & Hansel’ opens with a story about “The Beautiful Child With The Little Pink Cap”. There was a baby that everyone in the village found to be the most precious, but she became terribly ill one winter. Her father took her to see an enchantress, the enchantress removed the illness but left a power within the girl. As the girl grew older, people in the village went to the girl, as she can foretell the future. Since she knew the future ended in death, she used her power to kill people, including her father. The girl was taken into the woods to be left alone, but she lured other children to a grim fate.
Gretel, and her younger brother Hansel, are going to meet a man to seek for a job as a housekeeper. Gretel meets with the man, but he made his true intentions clear when he asked her if she is still a virgin. The Gretel and Hansel left without a job. At night, their mother rebukes Gretel for not doing what she had to do to get the job and help provide for the family. She told Gretel and Hansel to leave since there is no room left in the house. Their mother went as far as threatening to hack Gretel to bits if they don’t leave immediately.
The siblings left their home and found a hut to sleep in for the night. Suddenly, a ghoulish man arose and lets out a horrible scream which made the kids run away. He chased them outside and attacked Hansel. Before he could get to Gretel, he was killed with an arrow to the head. A hunter rescued the siblings, He took them into his home for the night. He also promises to direct them toward others who can provide them with food and work. The following morning, the Gretel and Hansel went out to forage to seek out work. They got frustrated when they found nothing until Gretel spots some mushrooms. They turned out to be “magic” mushrooms that cause the two to laugh hysterically.
Hansel wanders until he found a house that has a cake smell coming out from it. Gretel followed him as she heard what sounds like a girl’s voice beckoning her, seen alongside The Beautiful Child being taken away in a carriage. Gretel tried to stop Hansel from going in, but he does so anyway and appears to be taken by someone. She tried to start a fire to break inside, but she was greeted by ‘Holda’, a woman living inside. She invites the Gretel and Hansel inside for a meal and allowed them to sleep there in exchange for work.
Holda told Hansel to go out into the woods to practice his skills with an axe, while she kept Gretel in the house. Hansel enjoyed his time there because they have plenty of food, but Gretel became suspicious of Holda’s intentions. Gretel started seeing a vision of the Enchantress and also hears children’s voices guiding her somewhere But before she finds out what is going on. she woke up in her bed. Hansel went out, Holda shows Gretel how to tap into her powers as a witch. Gretel goes into the woods and manages to use her power to bring a tree branch near her so she can plug a fruit.
Hansel saw a vision of the Enchantress and spots a satanic carving on a nearby tree. Hansel grew suspicious of Holda. Later at night, Gretel went into Holda’s cellar where Hansel is sitting in a trance. The floor is filled with goo. And a younger witch emerges, she emptied buckets of guts on the table before turning them into food. The same food that Holda fed the siblings. Gretel realized that food is made of children. The next day, Gretel sat with Holda, she ate something and pulls a long strand of a child’s hair out of her mouth. Gretel begged Holda to let Hansel go, but she refused.
Holda told Gretel the truth about the story of the Beautiful Child and she is the girl’s mother. She resented her daughter after she killed her father, so she left the girl in the woods of her own accord. The child lingered in Holda’s mind, she promised to share her powers with her if she trusts the darkness.
Holda devoured her other children and disguised as an old woman to appear friendly and lure other children to their fates. Holda straps Gretel to a table in the cellar and she assumes her youthful appearance to lure Hansel into a cage so that she can cook him. Gretel managed to use her powers to send a staff toward Holda, pinning her to the wall over the flames.
Her body caught fire and she cried out in agony until she died. Breaking the trance on Hansel and let Gretel go free. Gretel decided to stay at the house while she sent Hansel on his way with a horse. The horse brought him back to his old house, where his mother no longer stays. Gretel saw the spirits of the dead children emerging from the trees, now free at last. Gretel’s fingers turned black just like Holda’s did, but her voiceover states that she would be brave and trust in herself.