Hansel and Gretel – 2007
From Imdb: When Eun-soo gets lost in a country road, he meets a mysterious girl and is led to her fairytale ike house in the middle of the forest. There, Eun-soo is trapped with the girl and her siblings who never age. Eun-soo finally discovers a way out which is written on a fairy tale book. But the book tells a story of none other than himself.
From time to time, we all want to watch a horror movie just for the entertainment. We want something that will please our eyes, our guts, and that will make us jump from our seats once or twice. Of course each one of us has a favorite horror category to refer to when needed, such as slasher, gore, psychological and so on. As a person who loved horror movies longer than i can even recall (rumors say i was a fan even while still in the womb, true story), i have always had a soft spot for one thing: that creepy fairy tale element that brings my inner child out, the one who’s scared of the dark but still insists in playing hide and seek just because of the thrill.
When i was little i was always intrigued by the creepy characters in my fairytale books, like the witch of the west, the witch in Snow white, and so on. Hansel and Gretel takes inspiration from this element, borrowing the very popular brother Grimm’s story title, and makes a hell of an entertaining horror movie out of it, in typical (the good kind of typical, think A Tale of Two Sisters) K-Cinema style.
Directed in 2007 by Yim Phil-Sung (Antarctic Journal) , Hansel and Gretel provides such a delightful journey with its impeccable photography and camera work. Many compared the visuals to Pan’s Labyrinth, and i can definitely see some similarities in the attention for the details. It’s an entertaining dark fairy tale, complete with creepy little kids that can make things happen with their imagination.
not only the movie successfully delivers the eerie factor, but it also tries to go a little deeper exploring (and of course, condemning) abusive childhoods. you won’t be disappointed, this movie is pretty much a must see.