Remember Winnie the Pooh?
The cuddly, anthropomorphic, hunny-loving bear stumbling around the woods in a red crop top? Well, this upcoming film is about to taint that precious image in your head.
Written and directed by Rhys Frake-Waterfield – an unknown director who according to his IMDB has a film called Dinosaur Prison in the works – the gruesome plot follows Pooh and Piglet as they set out on a killing frenzy upon being abandoned by Christopher Robin.
While we don’t have all the deets just yet, IMDB shows that the cast members consist of a ‘mauled woman’ as well as a ‘caged man’- some of the basic necessities of a gory movie.
The first stills also display a sinister-looking Pooh and Piglet about to strike a half-naked young woman relaxing in a hot tub.
Spoiler alert: Waterfield says that Pooh and Piglet eventually knock her out with chloroform, take her out of the jacuzzi and then drive a car over her head.
Watch the trailer below:
In a question and answer session with Variety, he stated that the public reaction to the clip has been “absolutely insane.”
“Because of all the press and stuff, we’re just going to start expediting the edit and getting it through post production as quickly as we can.
“But also checking to see if it’s still decent. It will be a primary concern,” he explained.
Seems to us that the team is rushing to air the film before the critics catch on… But I digress.
He also explained the plot, noting that Pooh and Piglet struggle after being forced to part ways with college-bound Christopher.
“Because they’ve had to fend for themselves so much, they’ve essentially become feral.
“So they’ve gone back to their animal roots. They’re no longer tame: They’re like a vicious bear and pig who want to go around and try and find prey,” he said.
Winnie The Pooh: Blood And Honey was shot in England within a mere ten days, not too far from Ashdown Forest, which influenced Milne’s fictional Hundred Acre Wood in the original Pooh tales.
A series of ravenous murders set in the woods, shot in less than two weeks? Seems sketchy, but let’s see.
Although Waterfield refused to disclose the film’s budget, he did say that audiences “shouldn’t consider this to be a Hollywood-level creation.” The film was produced by Jagged Edge Productions, which he co-owns with co-producer Scott Jeffrey, and ITN Studios has already consented to distribute it.
The official release date has not been confirmed as of yet.
In case you were wondering- no, this film has zero affiliation with Disney. Waterfield noted that the team has taken extreme caution as to not plagiarize or abuse Disney’s exclusive rights to their interpretations of Pooh Bear.
“We knew there was this line between that, and we knew what their copyright was and what they’ve done. So we did as much as we could to make sure that the film was based on the 1926, uncopyrighted version of it,” he said.
And that is why Waterfield’s Pooh Bear is dolled up in a lumberjack suit while Piglet is dressed in darker clothing.
Other characters who are still protected by copyright, such as the beloved Tigger, will not make a grisly film debut- however there is a scene depicting Eeyore’s tombstone, the dismal donkey having been devoured by a famished Pooh and Piglet.
“No one will confuse this for Disney,” Waterfield said. “There’s no way anyone will reckon this is a kid’s variant of it when they see the cover, the previews, the outtakes and everything.”
Apart from mild concerns of children stumbling upon the viral clips online, blood-and-guts enthusiasts can hardly wait for the nightmarish flick to air.
It’s not every day that you get to witness your childhood heroes turn into murderous freaks, bitter from the adversities of adult life…
Additionally, the producers claim that the film was masterfully written with the perfect balance of violence and comedy. Perhaps that’s how they coined the phrase Blood and Honey?
Oh, and here’s a complimentary meme to offset the dark mood we’ve created here today.