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Old 06-24-2013, 07:19 AM   #46
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You've never heard of Van Helsing's long lost sister?
I have now lol!
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Old 06-24-2013, 01:52 PM   #47
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It definitely has a lot in common with Van Helsing, no doubt about it. But where Van Helsing fails miserably, Hansel and Gretel succeeds by:

1) Not taking itself seriously at all!

2) Not relying completely on CGI. There are tons of practical effects and real world location work on display here. Van Helsing felt like all of the acting was in front of a green screen for the entire time.

3) Having a likeable cast.

4) Keeping the script simple and straight forward by focusing solely on witches. Van Helsing, in comparison, was completely convoluted with the need to throw every well known Universal Monster into the mix. It was just sensory overload and flat out didn't work at all.

5) Not having a legacy behind it. In the end this may be what damned Van Helsing the most. It took the Universal classic monsters we all grew up with as it's inspiration and then pretty much set upon bastardizing them by making the film an action film rather than a horror movie like it should have been. Hansel and Gretel in comparison is allowed to be it's own thing because it wasn't held to any real expectations of what it "should" be.

Maybrick nailed it.
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Old 09-10-2014, 02:12 AM   #48
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I watched this again tonight- and I do not care if most of the critics said it was awful - I really enjoy this movie (and looks great in 3D too). For anyone else that liked it it appears a sequel is in the works for 2016- I just hope they have Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton in the lead roles again

http://www.cinemablend.com/new/Hanse...016-43517.html

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2784082/
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Old 09-22-2014, 02:53 PM   #49
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Tommy Wirkola says he's submitted a sequel draft to Paramount, and that it's in their hands now. He also doesn't know about Renner's availability, what with him doing Avengers, Bourne, Mission Impossible 5, et al.

http://www.shocktillyoudrop.com/news...2-script-done/
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Old 09-23-2014, 04:23 AM   #50
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I guess Spielberg is working on some sort of Hansel and Gretel movie as well - which might be confusing for some people- lol . I expect that to be quite a different toned movie <:
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Old 07-28-2015, 01:14 AM   #51
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The movie had its premiere on FX last night. Even with the F-bombs dubbed over and more gorier scenes cut, it was still a fun ride.

Still puzzled why Paramount never greenlit a sequel. It made $225 million worldwide on a reported budget of $50 million, so it was profitable. Were Renner and Arterton not contracted for a sequel? This could've been Paramount and MGM's answer to Screen Gems' craptastic Resident Evil franchise.

EDIT: I just read that Tommy Wirkola decided not to direct the sequel almost a year ago.

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Old 07-28-2015, 04:51 PM   #52
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I had watched Dead Snow 2 on Netflix the other week, after having avoided it for quite a while since I did not like the first Dead Snow at all, and ended up really enjoying the sequel. So decided to check out Wirkola's Hansel and Gretel this past weekend and also found myself enjoying it. Dumb yes, but fun.
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Old 07-28-2015, 04:54 PM   #53
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Still puzzled why Paramount never greenlit a sequel. It made $225 million worldwide on a reported budget of $50 million, so it was profitable. Were Renner and Arterton not contracted for a sequel? This could've been Paramount and MGM's answer to Screen Gems' craptastic Resident Evil franchise.
The studios still think it's cheaper to make sequels to even more craptastic flicks like 'paranormal activity','Ouija',....
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The studios still think it's cheaper to make sequels to even more craptastic flicks like 'paranormal activity','Ouija',....
Yeah. Why spend a couple of bucks when you can spend pennies on numerous Blumhouse pics and make a quick profit?
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