Breaking free from the clutches of Disney, AA Milne’s early ‘Winnie the Pooh’ stories entered the public domain earlier this year. Now, inevitably, some of Milne’s most beloved characters will get involved in plenty of murders.
Jagged Edge Productions, an independent film studio based in the UK, recently released stills from their upcoming slasher movie “Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey” on Instagram. Apparently the tale will effectively transform the Hundred Acre Woods into Hundred Acre’s “cabin in the woods”.
“I wanted to do something original. A lot of horror/villain concepts are the same, werewolves, ghosts, vampires, zombies,” director Rhys Waterfield, who also wrote and co-produced the film, told HuffPost in an email. “It really got me excited because it was so different. I was mostly inspired by ‘Wrong Turn’ for the movie, but the two villains are a bit smarter in there.
Waterfield offered HuffPost a synopsis of his film.
“Pooh and Piglet have experienced a drastic drop in food as Christopher [Robin] grew, so over the years [they] became increasingly hungry and wild. Eventually they had to eat Eeyore to survive,” reads Waterfield’s description. “Christopher returns to find that his old wild friends aren’t what they seem anymore. Seeing Christopher, Pooh and Piglet go on a rampage and eventually target a rural cabin, where a group of college girls are staying.
Filming for the film wrapped earlier this month, but Waterfield explained that due to the excitement the stills have generated online, they are speeding up the post-production process and hope to release the film in a month or two.
“We’re working on post-production, so no official trailer yet,” he told HuffPost. “We had hoped to wait a bit to release everything.”
Although the images of the stills are terrifying, it is — at the very less – a comfort to see Pooh fully dressed and finally embracing the concept of pants.
In fact, Waterfield told Variety There is a reason for this. Early Milne stories are no longer copyrighted, but Disney still retains exclusive use of its own renditions of Pooh Bear and Friends. “We tried to be extremely careful,” Waterfield told the outlet. “We knew there was a line between that, and we knew what their copyrights were and what they had done. So we did everything we could to make sure [the film] was only based on the 1926 version.
That’s why some beloved characters, like Tigger, won’t be featured in the slasher movie. Variety reports that there will be a scene featuring Eeyore’s gravestone, but – sorry, hardcore horror fans – his gruesome murder won’t be detailed in the film either.