Giving the Brothers Grimm tale Hansel and Gretel a facelift is Curtis Harrington's Whoever Slew Auntie Roo? (1971), which will be released on Blu-ray / DVD on August 16th courtesy of Kino Lorber.

From Kino Lorber: "Coming August 16th on DVD and Blu-ray!

Brand New 2016 HD Master!

Whoever Slew Auntie Roo? (1971)

• Audio Commentary with Film Historian David Del Valle and Film Scholar Nathaniel Bell
• Trailers"

Synopsis (via "This is a retelling of the old tale of Hansel and Gretel, but set in England in the 1920's. To the children and staff at the orphanage, Auntie Roo is a kindly American widow who gives them a lavish Christmas party each year in her mansion, Forrest Grange. In reality, she is a severely disturbed woman, who keeps the mummified remains of her little daughter in a nursery in the attic. One Christmas, her eye falls upon a little girl who reminds her of her daughter and she imprisons her in her attic. Nobody believes her brother Christopher when he tells them what has happened, so he goes to rescue her..."

Directed by Curtis Harrington, Whoever Slew Auntie Roo? stars Shelley Winters, Mark Lester, Chloe Franks, Ralph Richardson, Lionel Jeffries, and Hugh Griffith.

Trailer via cassandracollins:

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