Paul McGillion and Emilie Ullerup in Witchslayer Gretl (2012)

Charmed it Isn't

It's been 20 years since he had encountered the witch which killed his sister but since then Hansel (Paul McGillion) has devoted his entire life to killing all the witches and warlocks he encounters. Now with help of Lara (Sarain Boylan), the magical Ehren (Emilie Ullerup), and his arsenal of enchanted weapons they are returning to the forest to hunt the witch who killed Gretl (Shannen Doherty). What Hansel doesn't know is that his sister ended up the witch's protege and is the one attacking him, Ehren and Lara.

I have never really been bothered by the story of Hansel and Gretl so am not at all bothered that someone has tried to take their story and make a sequel out of it. Actually I quite like the idea that Gretl ended up with witch's protege and now Hansel unwittingly finds himself doing battle with her magic and the warlock she sends to kill him and those working with him. I am even going out on a limb and saying that with the right cast, the right budget, and the right special effects department the storyline to "Witchslayer Gretl" could have made a good fantasy movie.

But as you can guess "Witchslayer Gretl" is not that good movie and it is littered with all the usual issues which generally drag down a made for TV fantasy movie such as this. As such you have the less than effective special effects, in some places the painfully wrong casting, uninteresting dialogue as well as less than exciting action. I could go on but with the exception of Shannen Doherty as Gretl there is little which generally grabs the audience in this, well other than Emilie Ullerup being an attractive actress.

What this all boils down to is that "Witchslayer Gretl" ended up the weak made for TV fantasy movie I had expected with all the usual issues cropping up in this. But truth be told I actually reckon that the basic idea to "Witchslayer Gretl" has some potential, it just isn't achieved here.