Hansel and Gretel / Hansel e Gretel (1990)

2.0 out of 5

As part of the much maligned Lucio Fulci Presents series of low budget horror movies viewers should not expect special effects on par with American Werewolf in London or The Thing but Hansel e Gretel does deliver bucketloads of the red stuff in it's own cheap and cheery way as director Giovanni Simonelli and possibly an uncredited Lucio Fulci make the best of the resources available.

Children who are killed at the hands of organ harvesters return from beyond the grave to seek revenge which consists of singing a nursery rhyme while a red filtered torch lights up their eye sockets as nasty things happen to the offending party.

The film, in a nutshell, is a time wasting revenge movie through which favourites Maurice Poli and Paul Muller stroll on autopilot to the sounds of dated synth and cherubic acapella. Not as bad as haters suggest, yet, no way can it be considered a Eurocult horror classic.

Maurizio Merli header graphic courtesy of Paddy O'Neill of Foxyfide Graphics