The image you have of Winnie the Pooh , the lovable little bear created by AA Milne , is going to change completely with Winnie The Pooh: Blood and Honey . Directed by Rhys Frake-Waterfield , the film is a bloody ‘slasher’ in which the protagonist is a sadistic and merciless being. The film does not yet have a release date, but it promises to be one of the titles that all gory movie fans should add to their wish list.
Winnie The Pooh: Blood and Honey is perfect for adults who grew up watching the animated television series and are fans of ‘slasher,’ a subgenre of horror in which a psychopath usually brutally kills his victims . And in this film, the mythical bear is that killer. The film marks one of Frake-Waterfield’s first feature films alongside Dinosaur Prison , a story about a prison with dinosaurs in cages.
The first images of Winnie The Pooh: Blood and Honey can already be seen. In them, the protagonist bear and Piglet are represented as men with bear and pig masks. In the words of its director, collected by Variety , the film follows these two characters “as the main villains … in full debauchery” after being abandoned by Christopher Robin , who is already an adult. “Christopher Robin walks away from them and hasn’t given them any food, which has made Pooh and Piglet’s life quite difficult” .
Because of this, the protagonists have had to learn to fend for themselves and have become very wild. “They have returned to their animal roots. They are no longer tame: they are like a vicious bear and pig who want to go around and try to find prey ,” explains the director.
With food shortages and this return to their animal origins, Pooh and Piglet eat Igor , the donkey from the story. “They’ve gotten hungrier and wilder. They had to resort to eating Igor. Then Christopher returns to his wife to introduce him to his old friends. And when that happens, they’re furious to see them. over the years it breaks loose and they go crazy,” states Frake-Waterfield at Dread Central . From there, Pooh and Piglet begin their journey and end up in a rural house where they will find their new victims.
About the image you just saw, in which a woman is relaxing in a ‘jacuzzi’ with the protagonists watching her, the director has said that Pooh and Piglet use chloroform, take her out of the water and drive a car on her head .
Disney is the company that owns some of the rights to Milne’s stories, but Frake-Waterfield was able to make this movie because the earliest stories of the mythical bear are no longer copyrighted. The House of Mickey Mouse only has exclusive use of the interpretations of the characters . “We’ve done everything to make sure the film was only based on the 1926 version,” says the filmmaker.
Winnie The Pooh: Blood and Honey was shot in 10 days in England, not far from Ashdown Forest , one of Milne’s inspiration locations. According to the director, the film has sought a balance between comedy and terror .