Hansel & Gretel Warriors of Witchcraft and Ghoul Bring the Youthful Horror to DVD this January

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A ravenous ghoul terrorizes a cast member of “Modern Family”. A Twilight wolfman and his real-life sister go hunting for supernatural evil. Younger horror fans get to start the new year off with Ghoul and Hansel & Gretel: Warriors of Witchcraft on DVD.

Who would have ever thought Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters would inspire so many b-movie knock-offs? Sure, we’re only talking two, but that’s still two more than I would have expected.

While The Asylum’s Hansel & Gretel name-only mockbuster takes a more modern horror approach, Lionsgate has one that looks to be more of a tweener-friendly version of the R-rated big screen version. Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, allow me to introduce you to Hansel & Gretel: Warriors of Witchcraft.

JONAH AND ELLA MAZER (Hansel and Gretel) were happy, normal teenagers–sent to an elite boarding school. The Headmaster, SEBASTIAN, seems to know more about the brother and sister than they know about themselves. As both get to know their high school classmates, strange and frightening things begin to happen. When their new friends explain that they are all descended from powerful witches, and they’ve been waiting for Hansel and Gretel to join them and complete a new generation of the Coven, both refuse to believe them. But it’s not until Hansel discovers a message from his mother in an old leather-bound book of spells hidden in the school library that he understands their true and dangerous destiny – slaying witches.

Twilight wolfpacker Booboo Stewart and his real-life sister Fivel Stewart (according to IMDB, “Fivel” is a nickname; her real name is Trent – what’s with the naming in the Stewart family?) star as the titular sibling warriors of witchcraft. Vanessa Angel (“Weird Science: The Series”) and the prolific Eric Roberts co-star in the PG-13 fantasy-horror-adventure flick from even more prolific b-moviemaker David Decoteau.

Hansel & Gretel: Warriors of Witchcraft begin their quest when Lionsgate releases the film to DVD on January 22nd.

Kudos to whoever crafted the DVD artwork; looks like something straight out of the young adult fantasy book section.

An even younger protagonist finds himself in peril in Ghoul. If you didn’t see the feature film version of Brian Keene’s novel when it premiered on the Chiller Network earlier this year, you’ll get another chance when Image Entertainment releases the film to DVD on January 8th.

Something ghastly haunts Golgotha Cemetery – an entity of unspeakable evil…and insatiable hunger. It is the summer of 1984, a time that should be full of lazy, carefree days for 12-year-old Timmy (Modern Family’s Nolan Gould) and his two best friends, Doug and Barry. But when a teenaged couple goes missing among the gravestones of the local cemetery, the bloodcurdling legend of a horrific ghoul begins to seem more like reality than myth. As the body count rises, Timmy and his friends are forced to confront their worst fears when they unearth long-buried secrets and unleash not only their personal demons…but also the one lurking underground! Based on the novel by Brian Keene comes GHOUL, a tale of terror about the convergence of monstrous inhumanity and a ravenous, inhuman monster.

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