United States: January 31 2020
Ranking: 1,439 out of 16,089 movies (up 202)
In early fourteenth century Bavaria, Gretel (Sophia Lillis, 'It', 'Sharp Objects', 'Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase') and Hansel (Sammy Leakey, 'Twist', 'MotherFatherSon') are cast out of their home by an uncaring mother and are told to fend for themselves. Gretel, the older of the pair, leads Hansel into the imposing woods in search of work and sustenance. Drawn by the smell of food, they stumble upon a cottage laden with sweet treats. The owner of the dwelling is a mysterious woman named Holda (Alice Krige, 'Carnival Row', 'The OA', 'Tyrant'), who takes the children in under the agreement that they will receive food and shelter in exchange for cleaning for her. When Holda notices a deep power nestled in Gretel, however, she begins to whisper pretty promises of power into the weary and downtrodden girl's ear. Power will be hers, Holda promises, if she is willing to sacrifice that which is most dear to her. Stranded in the woods under Holda's beguiling spell, Gretel must make the choice of a lifetime. 'Gretel & Hansel' is a dark horror fantasy directed by Osgood Perkins ('I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House', 'February') and written by Rob Hayes ('Chewing Gum', 'Immaculate Heart', 'New Gods'). Charles Bablola, Jessica De Gouw and Beatrix Perkins also star.