Gretel and Hansel and More in This Week's MPAA Bulletin

By Chris Kavan - 10/29/19 at 07:18 PM CT

That MPAA Ratings Board must be really getting into the Halloween spirit this week - though I'm getting more of trick than treat vibe. There is a lone wide release this week - a new take on a classic Grimm Fairy Tale. Aside from that, it's very slim pickings, with barely another peep - but I guess this week is all about getting that horror, candy and dressing up scandalously (if you're an adult) - I'll let it slide this time, but I expect something big in the future.

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As I said, our lone wide release is based on one of the Brothers' Grimm classic tales, but perhaps this time around Gretel & Hansel will be a bit different from the original tale. This isn't the first time this tale has been updated - while it didn't exactly set the world on fire, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters was an action-oriented take, featuring an adult version of the witch-hating children, who put their skills to the test. This new version sticks much closer to the Grimm version - the biggest difference (if you couldn't tell by the title) is that the film focuses more on Gretel - played by "It" breakout star Sophia Lillis, who finds herself lost in the woods with her younger brother (Samuel Leakey - making his acting debut) where they stumble upon a witch, Holda (Alice Krige. who seems quite suited for the role). The film has been described as a kind of coming-of-age story as well as keeping the themes of the original tale. While the film mostly focuses on these three characters, Charles Babalola plays a hunter (who is sure to help our brother/sister) while Jessica De Gouw plays the younger version of Holda. Oz Perkins (or Osgood if you will) is directing this and is no stranger to dark horror, having also helmed The Blackcoat's Daughter and I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House. This is coming out at the end of January - a month that has been surprisingly strong for horror - so we'll see if this continues that trend. Rated PG-13 for for disturbing images/thematic content, and brief drug material.

Hope you got your fill with that, because that's all the treat the MPAA Ratings Board decided to give out this Halloween. But, if you truly feel like it, check out the full list below:


Rated R for violence and language.


Rated PG-13 for disturbing images/thematic content, and brief drug material.


Rated R for strong bloody violence, pervasive language, sexual references and some drug use.


Rated R for pervasive language, violent content, sexual references, and some teen drinking.


Rated PG-13 for suggestive material, some violence and language.


Rated R for violence, bloody images, language throughout and some drug use.


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