Hansel & Gretel (DVD)

If you go down to the woods today…

The original fairy tale of Hansel and Gretel, as told by the Brothers Grimm, is pretty spooky stuff in its own right. It tells of two small children who happen upon a house made of candy, only to be trapped by its evil witch owner and fattened up for her pot. Even though it has a happy ending, with the kids working together to outwit the witch and make their escape, it’s still the stuff of child nightmares.

So it’s easy to see why South Korean film-maker Yim Pil-Sung has chosen to base his fourth film on this grim tale and, in his talented hands, it’s turned into a creepy modern fable on the dangers of excess.

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