When we think about class horror movies and the tropes that often follow horror movie formulas, the concept of incorporating famous Disney characters may not be the first thing that comes to mind. Childhood favorites and slasher flicks are not necessarily a winning combination, but that doesn’t seem to stop some directors from making independent features of adolescence dreams coming to life. As Giant Freakin Robot reported earlier this week, there is a new Winnie the Pooh horror movie in the works, and the fate of one of its most beloved characters may be at risk.
The new Winnie the Pooh horror movie, Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey seems like a satire, but will in fact be a true horror film that is currently listed on IMDB as in post-production. As expected, audiences may see some of their well-known characters come to life in a twisted way, as we might witness the characters of Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, and even Christopher Robin take friendly stories and turn them into slasher fare. One character of note, Eeyore, will be killed off early on, according to a report from Comic Book.
As this Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey becomes reality, the director of the horror flick has confirmed how this film could ever be made in the first place. As stated to Variety, director Rhys Waterfield said that Pooh and Piglet will go on a killing spree in this live-action version of A.A. Milne’s classic collection of stories. Apparently, these characters have hit the public domain, which means that anyone can take their names and likeness, and produce content based on the original stories without having to pay for the rights. Some characters like Tigger are still copyrighted, so they will not be featured in this new Winnie the Pooh horror movie.
For those that are interested in watching the new Winnie the Pooh horror movie, they may want to brush up on some of the characters’ traits before seeing them in a new light. Winnie the Pooh himself is often seen as a lovable main character, a teddy bear obsessed with honey. Piglet is Winnie the Pooh’s best friend among all of the other animals and is a brave little soul. It will be interesting to see their transformation into blood-thirsty monsters, murdering friends and enemies alike, especially the seemingly depressed Eeyore.
With the upcoming release of Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey, audiences may be surprised to know that this is not the first time a horror movie was made from familiar storylines and characters. Stephen King has made a career out of frightening readers and movie watchers for a generation, including the utilization of a clown as a classic children’s character in It. In the Purge films, many of those taking part in the purge wore masks over their faces, some of which depicted the Statue of Liberty, smiling faces, and even Uncle Sam. It is not without precedent that we would witness the evolution of friendly characters being featured in the slasher genre as a Winnie the Pooh horror movie.