Thursday, February 23, 2012

Syfy's New Fairy Tale Film: Witchslayer Gretl and Black Forest

The Syfy (Silly*) Channel is having an enchanted Saturday this week on 2/25/2012. They are re-airing Red: Werewolf Hunter which premiered last year starring Felicia Day as well as two new films in one night, Black Forest and Witchslayer Gretl (also titled Gretl: Witch Hunter on the SyFy site, great way to simplify the branding, Syfy, it's not clear which title is preferred). Beauty and the Beast (2010) is not on the schedule but two premieres in one day is impressive.

And the campiness will be thick across your screen, so be warned.

From the SyFy press release at the Examiner:

Tinsel Korey (The Twilight Saga) and Shannen Doherty (90210) become embroiled in two dark takes on the increasingly popular fairy tale genre – the first ever Syfy Original Movie Double Feature.

Black Forest, starring Tinsel Korey and Ben Cross (Chariots of Fire), tells the chilling story of tourists lost in a magical forest, who battle evil fairy tale creatures plotting to kidnap one of their babies and slaughter the rest of them. A production of UFO Films, Black Forest airs Saturday, February 25 at 7PM (ET/PT).

Shannen Doherty and Paul McGillion (Stargate Atlantis) star in Gretl: Witch Hunter, premiering Saturday, February 25 at 9PM (ET/PT). Twenty years after his encounter with the witch, a grown-up Hansel returns to the haunted forest, seeking revenge. But there's a surprise waiting -- his sister Gretl (who he thought had been killed) is the witch's protégée. Gretl: Witch Hunter is a production of Vesuvius Productions and distributed by Sony Pictures Television.

Here is a promo for both movies, very short:

Here is the official promo for Witchslayer Gretl:

Here is a longer preview for Gretl:

There was a longer promo video on but I couldn't find a version to embed here. Be warned that Snow White doesn't make it after meeting the dwarves....

*I am NOT calling science fiction and fantasy silly here. I am still protesting SciFi Channel's rebranding into a silly name as well as logo design that now looks like Silly whenever I first look at it. I know there's a long standing debate over the diminuitive term 'sci-fi' which never much mattered to me but I find syfy rather insulting myself for some reason.

And then one sees movies like these and begins to wonder anyway... But I never miss Merlin (even if it is BBC) and Face Off can be fun.

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