Director Tommy Wirkola’s Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters has received a new blood-soaked red band trailer, according to Cinema Blend.
Stars Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton are scheduled to wage war against supernatural forces as the titular characters this January. The film has experienced a series of delays since completing production, leading some to believe that the studio had lost faith in the feature. Considering Paramount Pictures has added a few IMAX screening to the release schedule, the film’s January release date may be a little misleading.
The official synopsis reads as follows:
“After getting a taste for blood as children, Hansel (Jeremy Renner) and Gretel (Gemma Arterton) have become the ultimate vigilantes, hell bent on retribution. Now, unbeknownst to them, Hansel and Gretel have become the hunted, and must face an evil far greater than witches … their past.”
According to Film Stage, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters was originally scheduled for release last May. For one reason or another, executives thought the gore-soaked motion picture would work better as a January release. However, as most studios tend to dump problematic films in the early months of the year, many assumed Paramount had lost hope in Tommy Wirkola’s American debut.
Given Jeremy Renner’s box office success as of late, it’s seem odd that the studio wouldn’t want to cash in on his success closer to the release of The Avengers or The Bourne Legacy. While the month of January does occasionally produce some surprise hits — industry analysts are still trying to figure out how Kevin James’ Paul Blart: Mall Cop generated $146 million in 2009 — most movies just fizzle out before experiencing a slow death on home video.
In order to get horror fans interested in the project, the marketing team has unleashed and impressively gory red band trailer. If you like your movies packed with squishy grue, then this is one you’ll want to keep an eye on.
Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters opens in the US on January 25. The NSFW trailer has been embedded below.