Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey is an independent slasher film based on A. A. Milne and E. H. Shepard’s Winnie the Pooh books. It follows Christopher Robin’s return to Hundred Acre Wood after having left for college. However, having been left alone, Winnie and Piglet are no longer their cuddly counterparts but feral and bloodthirsty.
The personality change of Winnie comes as the 1926 childhood classic entered the public domain in the United States on January 1st, 2022. This means the Walt Disney Company no longer holds the rights to the characters anymore, so anyone can legally use or reference the original characters from the book. In an interview, the director, Rhys Waterfield, said, “No one is going to mistake this [for Disney] … there’s no way anyone’s going to think this is a child’s version of it.”
Rhys Waterfield has also directed films such as Firenado, The Area 51 Incident, and The Killing Tree.
The film is said to have been filmed entirely in 10 days around Ashdown Forest in East Sussex, England. Ashdown Forest is where the original inspiration for Winnie the Pooh came from.
There was a mixed reception regarding the horror retelling of the lovable yellow bear. Rolling Stones has already called the film “childhood ruining” before it is even released.
Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey is due to be released on 15 February 2023, just in time for Valentine’s Day. If you’re interested, then check out the official trailer below:
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