Review: Hansel and Gretel (A Korean Horror Film)

This is an interesting take on the old German tale of Hansel and Gretel. This horror film isn’t really scary but it does have a disturbing story. The movie starts with a man driving on the highway and he is on the phone with his pregnant wife. He gets into an argument with her and subsequently gets into an accident. He wanders into the forest looking for help but then gets lost. He passes out and is found by a young girl dressed in white. He follows her to her house where she lives with her parents and her older brother and younger sister. As he is entering the home, everything seems odd and more like a fantasy than reality. All the people in the home, especially the parents, appear as if they are putting on an act.

The movie follows a somewhat predictable plot. It starts out slow and doesn’t get interesting until the end. It’s a 117 minutes long and it can do with a little less repetition. I felt like the movie dragged a bit but it was an interesting take on the popular tale. The middle of the movie was the part that dragged on the most. But even though the movie seemed slow, the story was interesting enough for me to watch all of it.

If you are looking to be really scared though, you will be disappointed because it’s not scary at all. It’s more sad than scary.

Audience: PG-13
Scariness factor: 1
Acting: 8
Story: 5
Direction: 6
Would I recommend: No

*Note: Based on a scale from 1 to 10. 1 being the worst and 10 being the best you could get in a category.

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