Monday, October 29, 2012

Creepy Classic: Hansel and Gretel

It's been far too long since I've featured a Creepy Classic.  I'm such a slacker it's embarrassing.  Life happens and that's my only excuse.  The last book I was supposed to post on was H.G. Wells The Island of Dr. Moreau.  I'll get to that at some point but today I want to feature Grimms' Fairy Tales: Hansel and Gretel

Since Halloween is almost here and magic and sorcery continues to have a foothold in my brain, I couldn't resist reading this classic again.  I realize everyone recalls the creepy children's tale, but when was the last time you read it?  Why do I ask?  Well, because most original fairy tales (minus the Disney angle) are disturbingly dark--like I like it.   Who doesn't want to eat little children? Muhwahhhh! Better yet, what parent hasn't thought about dropping their kids off in the middle of the forest to fend for themselves? Heh. Heh.  Like I said, Hansel and Gretel wonderfully paints a freakishly good picture of what witches in classic literature represent: pure unadulterated evil. #lovedit!

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Paramount Pictures  is scheduled to release their take on the classic tale--Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters in early 2013.  Check out the bad ass movie trailer below featuring Jeremy Renner (yum!) as Hansel and Gemma Arterton as Gretel.  Damn, I hope Hollywood doesn't disappoint.



Did you love H&G as much as I did? Which tale is your fav from Grimm? Did you like the movie trailer?

Mina B.

20 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

The movie looks good. Yes, thanks to Disney, most have forgotten that Grimm Fairy Tales were really GRIM!

Tamara said...

I think Grim fairy tales are awesome. Dark and creepy.

And I love the idea of Hansel and Gretel all grown up and kicking some ass!! Sounds like a cool movie. :)

S. L. Hennessy said...

I seriously can't wait for Witch Hunters. I was really hoping it would come out this year as I've been following it's production progress for a while. Sigh. Hansel and Gretel is definitely a creeptastic classic.

Dianne K. Salerni said...

Hansel and Gretel, Witch Hunters, huh?

You know, I always thought the kids had it coming. They *were* eating the old lady's house. And we only had their word for it that she wanted to eat them. The witch couldn't tell her side of the story, considering Gretel burnt her up in the oven.

Michelle Dobbins said...

The movie looks awesome. I like the Grimm tales, but for my kids I stick with the disney stuff. If they have nightmares I don't get to sleep either. :)

Allison said...

I love Jeremy Renner! I hope this movie doesn't disappoint.

Allison (Geek Banter)

Elise Fallson said...

I saw this trailer not too long ago and I can't wait to see it! I'm not expecting anything fantastic, but a lot of kick a** action and special effects is fine by me. (:

mshatch said...

I love fairy tales, too, and the darker the better imo :)

Angela Brown said...

Fairy tales with a kick butt twist. Sounds like my cup of tea.

C.M.Brown said...

This sounds like my type of Fairy tale!

Laura said...

I much prefer the original versions of fairy tales, I love the darkness of them!

Morgan said...

Oh, I hadn't heard of this! I'm waaaaay excited now! I've always loved this story...

Gwen Gardner said...

The movie does look good! And you're right about the original fairy tales. I don't know if I ever read H&G, but I did read Cinderella. It's sooo different than the Disney version. I mean, birds pecked out Cindi's step-sisters eyes! Pretty gruesome.

Cherie Reich said...

Now I want to read some of Grimm's fairytales. And I think the movie looks cool.

M Pax said...

All those fairytales were so grisly. I hope they make a decent movie of the story.

Mark Murata said...

Professor Tolkien noted that the old fairy stories are treated like old furniture -- something to be embarrassed about. But he knew that for the most part, they were not for children.

The dialog in the movie trailer sounded disturbingly contemporary, so I'm not sure about it.

starryblue said...

Wow the characters look like strong people.

Medeia Sharif said...

I'll look out for the movie. I love Hansel and Gretel. The creepier the fairy tale the better.

Lizzy said...

I absolutely love the Grimm Brothers' versions of fairytales. Disney is cute and good for little kids, but it's far from realistic and Disney promotes pretty shallow morals. Pretty girl meet pretty boy. They kiss and get married. End story.

Real life romances have ups and downs. It's impossible to truly appreciate the good without knowing how bad can be sometimes. I like the Little Match Girl - where she has but a glimpse of heat/warmth and the good things life can offer before she's thrusted back into reality and freezes to death.

On the same subject, how many children die every day from a lack of the bare necessities like shelter, food, and clean water. These children cherish the things we take for granted. It's a horrible feeling to not know how you will get your next meal. Or where you will sleep tonight. These are the things that the Grimm Brothers' fairytales make us think about.

michelle said...

I like Rapunzel and Rumpelstiltskin... they are the more popular ones!