Gretel and Hansel
Discover the terrifying side of fairy tales in Gretel and Hansel (2020), a new horror film based on the German tale popularized by the Brothers Grimm. The film is directed by Oz Perkins, famous for his creepy horror movies such as The Blackcoat’s Daughter (2015) and I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House (2016).
Gretel and Hansel is a darker version of the original fairy tale. In this one, Gretel wanders with her younger brother Hansel in search of food and refuge, until they meet a strange woman who offers them shelter in the shadows of her home. Gretel‘s role is played by Sophia Lillis, who previously starred in the successful horror movies It (Andrés Muschietti, 2017) and It Chapter Two (Andrés Muschietti, 2019).
The film manages to immerse us in a terrifying atmosphere of mist and darkness, and its closeness with the fantasy genre endows it with characteristics most uncommon in today’s horror cinema. The small number of characters means that we can spend more time with each of them, get to know them better. The directing offers beautifully composed shots and creepy scenes, but despite their visual power, Gretel and Hansel falls a little short on story development and can feel slow or superficial at times.
Although horror is one of the most crowded genres in cinema, Oz Perkins‘ elegance and subtlety make his films stand out from the rest. We are confident that when Perkins produces his masterpiece, it will be a great day for all horror fans.