by Tommy Cook Posted: January 23rd, 2013 at 11:23 am
Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters has had a troubled journey getting to screens. Originally slated to arrive in cinemas last year, the film was delayed for a year and underwent substantial editing changes. According to the film’s director, Tommy Wirkola – this was all due to a dispute over the level of violence in the film – which is surprising considering just how very red and wet the movie being released this Friday actually is. The reimagining of the classic Brothers Grimm tale cast Hansel and Gretel (Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton) as adults who have made it their lives work to hunt and kill the broom riding, child eating witches that almost ate them as children. Head squashing, bodies torn limb from limb, and just good ol’ fashioned decapitation ensue. So how much more violent could the original cut have been?
In the following interview with Wirkola, he discusses just how violent the film used to be and the scene that was just too much for test audiences. He also talks about his affinity for blending horror with comedy, shooting the picture in 3D and his just-finished-written sequel to Dead Snow. For the full interview, hit the jump.
A few months ago, we posted some badass posters from Phantom City Creative for Let the Right One In, Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon, Mulberry St., Dead Snow, and Repo: The Genetic Opera. Phantom City has now alerted us to a sweet new poster they’ve done for George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead. It’s a limited edition of 350, 11×17 signed and numbered, and printed on sundance felt tex 80 lb paper. The cost for this great-looking piece of art? $30 (plus shipping). That’s a steal.
Phantom City Creative has also released alternate versions of their previously-released posters for Let the Right One In and Dead Snow. Check out all the posters after the jump along with links to go buy them.
Phantom City Creative has printed up five sweet posters celebrating films that have played over the past five years at the Toronto After Dark Film Festival. Let the Right One In, Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon, Mulberry St., Dead Snow, and Repo: The Genetic Opera were all festival favorites and now each one has a sweet poster. The posters are 11×17, limited to 66 each, and are hand-signed and numbered. They’re available individually for $20 a pop or you can get the whole set for $85.
Hit the jump to check out all of the posters. Click here to go buy ‘em.
The PR folks behind the Nazi zombie flick “Dead Snow” have apparently gotten word that their film hasn’t been tracking very well – how else to explain their creation of the following “Dead Snow” promo video entitled simply “My Ass”.
Whipped up for the upcoming Norwegian DVD release of “Dead Snow”, the video features FHM model/columnist Lenni Meister and her… well, her ass. Twitchfilm has posted the tongue in cheek video in advance of IFC’s limited US release of the film on June 19th. Now, if you’re wondering what Ms. Meister’s ass has to do with promoting a Nazi zombie flick, you’ll just have to watch to find out. Personally, I suspect her ass has anti-Semitic tendencies…
Take a long hard look at “My Ass” after the jump
“Dead Snow” is part of the “just add monsters” trend of movies so instead of a regular “World War II” flick, you have Nazi zombies. And Nazi Zombies sounds very interesting on the surface. It also plays into a nice metaphor of how mob mentality can push regular men towards brainless evil (and also how Jew brains are delicious and Kosher for Passover). Sadly, I’ve heard only negatives about the film since its Sundance debut this past January.
While this new trailer is slightly similar to the ones we posted back last January, this one is A-OK by the MPAA even though there’s a ridiculous amount of gore and violence. Just remember kids: naughty words and tits are bad but hacking someone to death is family fun for everyone!
Check out the trailer after the jump. “Dead Snow” hits theatres on June 19th.