‘This ain’t no bedside story’
Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey is a 2023 British slasher horror film that follows feral Pooh and Piglet as they go on a killing rampage.
This horror take on A.A. Milne’s 1926 childhood classic was developed as a result of the original character coming into the public domain. The filmmakers were careful to avoid any copyright issues that may arise via Disney’s 1951 animated version. Due to online viral interest, a sequel is already in the works.
Written, directed and co-produced by Rhys Frake-Waterfield (Peter Pan’s Neverland Nightmare; Dinosaur Prison; Rise of the Loch Ness; Sky Monster; The Killing Tree; Firenado). Also produced by hyper-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, Natasha Tosini, Paula Coiz, Gillian Broderick, Richard Harfst, Marcus Massey and Bao Tieu.
In the US, Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey was released as a special one-day event in hundreds of US movie houses on February 15, 2023, by Fathom Events.
Altitude will release the film in select UK and Irish cinemas from March 10, 2023, and the sold-out UK premiere will be at FrightFest Glasgow. Meanwhile, Mexican and Canadian chain distributors Cinemex and Cineplex are also planning to show release the movie in their respective countries.
” …the mutated Pooh and Piglet are utter monstrosities and part of the reason for that is Frake-Waterfiel keeps them in shadow most of the time. The silently sinister portrayals of Pooh and Piglet by Craig David Dowset and Piglet Chris Cordell are very deliberate, grim and severe. These are just some of the clever decisions Frake-Waterfield makes that keeps Blood and Honey from becoming an exercise in silliness and parody.” 3.5 out of 5, Binge News
” …this 80-minute lump of a lark that could have been fun if it didn’t come up with a kooky premise and immediately cut off all creativity right there. That premise is the lone novelty. Everything else is derivative drivel that looks shabby to boot. I’d say nice try for the concept alone, except Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey never truly tries at all.” 20 out of 100, Culture Crypt
“There were several ways to make this story work, and I doubt anyone would go to it expecting a masterpiece, but it doesn’t even offer a pleasing experience for the viewer, either narratively or visually. It doesn’t even have that The Room or Cats quality of being so terrible it’s entertaining, it’s just tedious and sloppy.” La Estatuilla [translated from Spanish]
“Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey had the potential to be a classic bit of WTF cinema. The idea of a feral Pooh and Piglet was certainly audacious enough but the script is a mess and does nothing with the characters or the idea. And even if you approach it as two human killers in masks, the film is so poorly put together it fails on that level as well.1 out of 5 stars, Voices from the Balcony
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