The I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House director Oz Perkins has signed up for his next directorial endeavour for Orion Pictures. The director, who has also helmed February AKA The Blackcoat’s Daughter, will direct an adaptation of the Brothers Grimm tale Gretel and Hansel.
It’s a well-known fairytale of terror that follows the young Hansel and Gretel as they are kidnapped by a witch who lives in a cake made of confectionary. Although it’s a story told to children, there’s no doubt that it has the potential to chill those of us who’ve left their childhoods behind.
Even though I wasn’t a huge fan of The Blackcoat’s Daughter, but I did appreciate its overall air of mystery. The slow unravelling of the film’s truth is not entirely faultless and I would argue that its dark mysteries are a little too easy to unwind. I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House was an atmospheric mystery, certainly worth a watch if you like your horror to keep you guessing. Hopefully Perkins’ next feature will be just as beguiling.
Filming for Gretel and Hansel will begin this autumn, so look out for a release date soon.
Words: Jessy Williams (@JessyCritical)