‘This ain’t no bedside story’
Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey is a 2022 British horror slasher film that follows feral Pooh and Piglet as they go on a killing rampage.
The bloody new take on A.A. Milne’s 1926 childhood classic has been developed as a result of the original character coming into the public domain. The filmmakers have apparently been careful to avoid any copyright issues that may arise via Disney’s 1951 animated version.
Written, directed and co-produced by Rhys Frake-Waterfield (Demonic Christmas Tree; Firenado). Also produced by prolific filmmaker Scott Jeffrey [aka Scott Chambers] (Spider in the Attic; The Mutation; Bats; Bad Nun: Deadly Vows; Cupid; ClownDoll and many, many others).
The Jagged Edge Productions movie stars Amber Doig-Thorne, Danielle Scott, Maria Taylor, Danielle Ronald, May Kelly, Craig David Dowsett, Chris Cordell and Natasha Tosini.
In an interview with Variety, director Rhys-Waterfield said the response to these first images has been “absolutely crazy.” He added: “Because of all the press and stuff, we’re just going to start expediting the edit and getting it through post-production as fast as we can,” said Waterfield. “But also, making sure it’s still good. It’s gonna be a high priority.”
Rhys-Waterfield explained that in the film Pooh and Piglet are “the main villains… going on a rampage” after being abandoned by a college-bound Christopher Robin. “…he’s not [given] them food, it’s made Pooh and Piglet’s life quite difficult. Because they’ve had to fend for themselves so much, they’ve essentially become feral,” Waterfield clarified. “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.”
Rhys-Waterfield also said that balancing the line between horror and comedy was the biggest challenge. “When you try and do a film like this, and it’s a really wacky concept, it’s very easy to go down a route where nothing is scary and it’s just really ridiculous and really, like, stupid. And we wanted to go between the two.”
Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey is currently in post-production and will be distributed by ITN Studios later this year.
Cast and characters:
Amber Doig-Thorne … Alice
Danielle Scott … Mauled Women
Maria Taylor … Maria
Danielle Ronald … Zoe
May Kelly … Tina
Natasha Rose Mills … Jess
Paula Coiz … Mary
Craig David Dowsett … Winnie
Chris Cordell … Piglet
Natasha Tosini … Lara
Gillian Broderick … Therapist
Richard Harfst … Barn Owner
Marcus Massey … James Anderson, News Reporter
Bao Tieu … Caged man