Winnie-the-Pooh, created by author A. A. Milne and artist E. H. Shepard, is a lovable anthropomorphic teddy bear that has a particular place in many people’s hearts. While the first mention of Winnie-the-Pooh was in a 1924 poem by Milne, it wasn’t until 1961 when Disney obtained the licensing rights to the name and likelihood, creating one of their most popular franchises to date. When writing about Winnie the Pooh, Disney also deleted the hyphens from the title, saving everyone time.
Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh became public domain in January 2022, which means Disney would no longer have complete control over how this “silly old bear” was portrayed in the media. When writer and director Rhys Waterfield decided to make Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey, he took advantage of the chance. Waterfield is well-known for producing campy horror-comedy films such as The Legend of Jack and Jill, Spider in the Attic, The Curse of Bloody Mary, and Wrath of Van Helsing. He presently has numerous projects in post-production and has had multiple recurring collaborations with cast members from his movies.
Waterfield purposely reinstated the hyphens in the film title to emphasize that it is based on A. A. Milne’s 1920s “Winnie-the-Pooh” and is not to be confused with a Disney feature aimed at children. ITN Studios and Jagged Edge Productions are producing and distributing this film. There will undoubtedly be many questions, so keep reading to find out everything we know so far about this forthcoming childhood horror film.
What Is Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey About?
As Christopher Robin gets older, he doesn’t spend as much time in the 100 Acre Woods and doesn’t go on as many adventures there. When Christopher Robin goes to college, Pooh Bear, Piglet, and their other animal friends are left alone and without food. Because of the pain of being left alone and their need to survive, they go back to being more like animals. Winnie-the-Pooh and Piglet become a bear and wild boar running around in a world that no longer seems full of friendship, wonders, and possibilities.
Christopher falls in love with a girl he meets, so he decides to bring her back to the woods to meet the friends he grew up with. He doesn’t understand that they have already turned wild. Will they remember him and change back into cute animals? It’s doubtful. Really, it’s probably best for him if Piglet and Pooh don’t remember how carelessly he abandoned and betrayed them.
Christopher Robin and his new girlfriend also go back to the woods, and a group of college-aged women rents a remote cabin in the woods. Winnie-the-Pooh and Piglet set their sights on these easy targets after seeing Christopher Robin and going into a murderous rage. They scare the women by killing them one by one, like in a slasher movie. Will one of the main characters figure out how to kill these wild animals, or is the 100 Acre Woods doomed?
Cast of Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey
The cast is small for indie filmmaker Rhys Waterfield’s debut picture. Craig David Dowsett, a newcomer to the role of Winnie-the-Pooh, will play the character. Dowsett is also expected to star in the upcoming comedy-horror film The House That Zombies Built, which is presently in production. Chris Cordell will portray Piglet. He, like his co-star, is no stranger to this genre, which twists childhood experiences into a twisted horror-comedy. The Curse of Humpty Dumpty was his debut feature-length film, and it was followed by Spider in the Attic, which was produced by Rhys Waterfield.
Amber Doig-Thorne, who co-starred in The House That Zombies Built with Craig David Dowsett, will play the lead scream queen. Natasha Tosini (Quarantine Leap), Maria Taylor (Perfectly Frank), Natasha Rose Mills (The Heiress), May Kelly (Graphic Designs), and Danielle Ronald are her co-stars (Curse of Bloody Mary). Nikolai Leon, a British actor, will play Christopher Robin. Following the release of Demonic Christmas Tree, this will be his second feature and cooperation with filmmaker Rhys Waterfield. Paula Coiz will play Christopher Robin’s fiancée, Mary (Tooth Fairy: Queen of Pain).
When Is Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey Coming Out?
The potential release date of October 20, 2022, has circulated online. However, this information should be taken with a grain of salt because it has not been confirmed. In addition to a traditional theatrical release, the United States release date may include streaming possibilities. There is also the possibility that Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey will bypass the box office and be released directly to a streaming service. The official trailer merely states “Coming Soon,” so we can only hope that the release will be within the next month.
Positively, since the initial photographs were released in May, Waterfield has expressed a desire to complete post-production as swiftly as feasible. Based on the schedule since production was done, the first Winnie-the-Pooh horror film should be released by Halloween.
Trailer of Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey
Yes! On August 31, 2022, the official teaser trailer was finally released, and it is all excited fans could have hoped for. Watch the trailer below!
Rhys Waterfield is directing and producing Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey. The film is based on A. A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh poem, which was published in 1924. ITN Studios and Jagged Edge Productions are producing and distributing this film. Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey is indie filmmaker Rhys Waterfield’s debut film.