Oh, bother. Winnie the Pooh just got real dark. A new horror film, Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey, reimagines the beloved children’s book character as a serial killer. Not exactly a cozy bedtime story.
The indie horror title is currently in production by director Rhys Frake-Waterfield. Quite a staggering directorial debut if you ask me. The cast includes Craig David-Dowsett as Winnie, with Chris Cordell as Piglet. Other characters include “Caged Man” and “Mauled Woman” just to give you an idea of where they’re going with this…
The film is being made by the London-based Jagged Edge Productions, which also made The Curse of Humpty Dumpty and The Legend of Jack and Jill. So, it seems they’ve got form for putting a bloody take on childhood stories.
But how are they able to make a Winnie the Pooh movie? Winnie the Pooh is almost synonymous with Disney at this point after the studio turned AA Milne’s classic children’s books into a collection of movies and the recent Christopher Robin film. Until now, Disney had the exclusive rights to the character… but Milne’s work entered the public domain earlier this year, meaning that anyone can now adapt those classic characters as they see fit. We just weren’t expecting it to get quite so dark, quite so quickly.
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