Breaking free from the clutches of Disney, AA Milne’s early “Winnie the Pooh” stories passed into the public domain at the beginning of this year. Now, inevitably, some of Milne’s most beloved characters will be involved in many murders.
Jagged Edge Productions, a UK-based independent film studio, recently released stills from its upcoming slasher film “Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey” on Instagram. To all appearances, the story it will effectively turn the Hundred Acre Wood into the Hundred Acre “Cabin in the Woods.”
“I wanted to do something original. Many 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. “This really excited me because it was so different. I was mainly inspired by ‘Wrong Turn’ for the film, but the two villains are a bit smarter in this.”
Waterfield provided HuffPost with a synopsis of his film.
“Pooh and Piglet experienced a drastic drop in food when Christopher [Robin] grew up, so over the years [they] he became more and more hungry and wild. Eventually, they had to eat Eeyore to survive,” says Waterfield’s description. “Christopher returns to find that his old wild friends are no longer what they seem. Seeing Christopher, Pooh and Piglet go berserk and eventually point to a country cabin, where a group of college girls are staying.”
Filming on the film wrapped earlier this month, but Waterfield explained that due to the excitement the images have generated online, they are speeding up the post-production process and hope to release the film in a month or two.
“We are working in post-production, so there is no official trailer yet,” he told HuffPost. “We expected to wait a little bit to release everything.”
Although the images in the photographs are terrifying, it is, at very If nothing else, some consolation to see Pooh fully clothed and finally embracing the concept of pants.
In fact, Waterfield told Variety There’s a reason for that. Milne’s early stories are no longer copyrighted, but Disney still retains exclusive use of his own interpretations of Pooh Bear and his friends. “We have tried to be extremely careful,” Waterfield told the outlet. “We knew there was a line between that, and we knew what their copyright was and what they had done. So we did everything we could to make sure [the film] it was only based on the 1926 version.”
This is why certain beloved characters, like Tigger, will not appear in the slasher film. Variety reports that there will be a scene with Eeyore’s tombstone, but, sorry horror fans, her gruesome murder won’t be detailed in the film either.