Originally titled The Black Forest: Hansel and Gretel & the 420 Witch, the producers of this film opted for a simpler name, and changed the title to Hansel & Gretel Get Baked. Many interpretations of various grimms fairytales are being released in the media today, making it difficult to separate the thrilling from the lackluster. I believe that this film will be worth watching. Most of the modern day takes on childhood stories are filled with an overbearing amount of CGI, or struggle to find the balance between their adult audience, and their younger audience. What makes Hansel & Gretel Get Baked stand out is their choice to focus on an older crowd. This movie is a mature horror/comedy mashup — drugs are used, people die, and it won’t necessarily have a happy ending. I think it’s a terrific approach to this subject that so many genre fans hesitate to embrace, because they consider these stories to be for children. Additionally, in the original tale of Hansel & Gretel, the children die, and witch eats them. It isn’t a happy story, because it’s supposed to warn kids of the dangers of trusting strangers. So, why not take that scary standpoint and run with it? That’s exactly what Hansel & Gretel Get Baked does, and it appears to have gratifying results.
In the film, a new form of marijuana called “Black Forest” has arrived on the market, and pot smokers everywhere can’t get enough of it. Gretel’s friend claims he knows a witch nearby who grows the special herb in her basement, and pays her a visit. When their friend never returns from his journey, Hansel and Gretel decide to take action. Together, they go up against the witch, but soon realize they have greatly underestimated their opponent.
Look at the photos and trailer below, and decide if you’d be willing to see this movie in theaters.
Written by David Tillman and directed by Duane Journey, the cast for this film includes: Molly C. Quinn, Edward Zo, Michael Welch, Lara Flynn Boyle, Eddy Martin, Lochlyn Munro, Andrew James Allen, Doug Haley, Bianca Saad, Joe Ordaz, Reynaldo Gallegos, Celestin Cornielle, Danielle Adams, and David Tillman.
Hansel & Gretel Get Baked is set to release on February 19th, 2013.