New horror movie Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey turns kids’ character into cold-blooded slasher villain
This is what happens when certain characters fall into the public domain. In what should be considered a ‘brutal moment’ and possibly a cash grab, an indie filmmaker aims to subvert expectations as Hollyweird likes to do and present a classic children’s literary character in a light that empties him. with all his innocence and fantasy.
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Dread Central gives us and any number of gorehounds curious for that sort of thing the first look at Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey, a film and debut effort from writer/director Rhys Frake-Waterfield.
The site provides images courtesy of IMDb and some background information, though there’s not much to discern about the arcane project. We see in the stills people wearing farm animal inspired Halloween masks – one of them in a grotesque piglet cosplay and another wearing the face of the title guy (oh, mind you) .
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Tracking down a group of women who appear to be escaping to a posh – and presumably remote – lodge equipped with a swimming pool and other amenities, the psychopathic killers taunt them – writing “GET OUT” in blood on the windows – before finally hit when the ladies are lounging in a hot tub, going swimming, or trying to escape with their lives to no avail.
There’s almost nothing exact about the plot either, except for IMDb’s tagline that says the movie is “A horror tale from the famous Winnie the Pooh legend. “, but it’s a safe bet that Waterfield is inspired by The Strangers and You’re Next by Adam Wingard. Whether Blood and Honey is dark and cynical like Strangers or humorous like Wingard’s homage to surrealist satirist Luis Bunuel, or somewhere in the middle is anyone’s guess.
Created by AA Milne in 1926, Winnie the Pooh is the simple story of an adorable teddy bear who comes to life, his animal friends in Hundred Acre Wood, and an endless search for honey that has been told and retold over the generations in many children’s books, cartoons. and movies – animated and live.
When the Saturday morning animated series was revived in the 80s, the then unknown and inexperienced Jim Cummings was cast and he became one of the most decorated voice actors in the world.
He, and more importantly his vocal range, co-starred with Hayley Atwell and Ewan McGregor in the most recent effort to bring Pooh to the screens, Christopher Robin. A Disney production, it grossed a respectable $197 million worldwide.
The House of Mouse isn’t involved in Blood and Honey, and now that the honey-loving teddy bear has fallen into the public domain this year, they have no say when budding directors like Waterfield want to make an R-rated horror thriller using the character. resemblance. And people thought Cruella was too far?
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This phenomenon of taking sweet, family property and corrupting it seems ingrained in the nature of the entertainment industry today. 50 years after “Sugar, Sugar,” The CW has decided to turn Archie into the twisted teen drama Riverdale, which is just one example of the agenda and sexuality pushed into TV, movies, and movies. comics – some of them by Disney, a corporate feeling currently blowback.
Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey is in post-production ahead of a release later this year. From Jagged Edge Productions, it stars Amber Doig-Thorne, Maria Taylor, Danielle Scott and Craig David Dowsett as Winnie.
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