Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters - Gemma Arterton and Jeremy Renner
Gretel (Gemma Arterton) and Hansel (Jeremy Renner) ©2013 Paramount Pictures

In this clip from Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters Hansel (Jeremy Renner) and Gretel (Gemma Arterton) come across the mouth-watering but malevolent Candy house.

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters – Clip: Don’t Eat the F-ing Candy

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Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters – Creating their world

Helping to turn more of Wirkola’s imaginings into reality was production designer Stephen Scott – who also worked on Guillermo del Toro’s Hellboy and Hellboy 2.

Like Wirkola, Scott was mesmerized by the chance to create sets ranging from cottages to caves and underground chambers. “Stephen has one of the richest imaginations of anyone I’ve ever met,” comments producer Messick.

Heading for Germany – to the very landscapes that first inspired Hansel & Gretel – Scott was especially thrilled to create sets in one of the haunting natural environments on earth: dark, virgin forests… the kind with full of twisting branches that reach out as if to grab you,. “We founds forests with a real medieval feel – and also with trees that have a scary side,” Scott explains.

In addition to the forest sets, Scott and his team had fun building Muriel’s lair (which glows with the dying embers of children’s souls), the mouth-watering but malevolent Candy House and the set they called “Stone Circle,” scene of the film’s climactic showdown.

One of Wirkola’s favorite sets became the Candy House. “Everyone has their own idea of what that house might look like,” notes the director. “But the important thing was that it needed to look so tempting that a couple of young kids would ignore their skepticism.”

“We see it first in the moonlight,” continues Scott, “with all its gooey, melting chocolate, gingerbread on the walls and sparkling sweeties. But it also has a hidden side because inside is the Candy Witch, and the house and the witch are one and the same: an evil and nasty piece of work.”