The forthcoming not-so-cuddly reimagining of the beloved bear, Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honeyunveiled his first poster, and things aren’t looking so good for Christopher Robin.
What on earth happened to Pooh Bear? Well, the original character, created by children’s book author AA Milne in the 1920s, entered the public domain in January 2022. Although Disney has copyright on the interpretation of the characters in their own films, anyone is now free to work with the original source material. Taking advantage of the copyright loophole, director Rhys Frake-Waterfield wrote and directed his horror-inspired take on the story in just a few months.
On the poster for Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey, released by Dread Central, a closeup of the adorable bear shows him as a comically tall slasher villain, complete with a bloody ax and a plaid shirt. Below, Piglet is seen sneaking through a dark and misty forest, grabbing a kitchen knife with his new opposable thumbs, while the tagline reads, “This isn’t a bedtime story.” The film’s plot features an adult Christopher Robin who is going to college goes. After being left without food for months, Winnie the Pooh and Piglet go “essentially wild,” according to the director, and go in search of blood.
Copyright issues prevented Tigger and Eeyore from appearing in the film, but director Frake-Waterfield says he likes to imagine Eeyore not appearing in the film because he was eaten by Winnie the Pooh and Piglet. As you might imagine, the film is a low-budget independent slasher, so don’t expect a Disney-scale production. However, for fans of slasher movies, the film has become one of the most anticipated of the year.
Although Frake-Waterfield hasn’t released any films yet, he’s currently working on a whopping three: Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey as a writer and director Dinosaur Prison as a writer, director and producer, and Alien abduction as editor, composer and visual effects supervisor. blood and honey Stars Craig David Dowsett as Pooh Bear, Chris Cordell as Piglet and Nikolai Leon as Christopher Robin. The film is produced by Jagged Edge Productions, an independent horror film studio that has worked on many horror retellings of popular stories including The Curse of Humpty Dumpty, The Legend of Jack and Jilland easter murder.
Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey has completed production and is expected to be released later this year.
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Source: Dread Central