It was revealed earlier this week that Winnie the Pooh would be swapping his jar of honey for a baseball bat and embarking on a murderous spree with his cuddly side-kick Piglet.
No, A. A. Milne’s estate hasn’t auctioned off some of his edgier work. We’re talking about Rhys Waterfield’s upcoming horror flick Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey, which sees the beloved children’s characters reimagined as bloody slasher film villains.
On Thursday (26 May), Waterfield offered a little more insight into exactly what we can expect from the movie and it’s safe to say, we’re not in 100 Acre Wood anymore.
Explaining the film’s premise when speaking to Variety, Waterfield said: “[Pooh and Piglet are] the main villains, going on a rampage.”
He added: “Christopher Robin is pulled away from them, and he’s not [given] them food, it’s made Pooh and Piglet’s life quite difficult.”
“Because they’ve had to fend for themselves so much, they’ve essentially become feral.
“So they’ve gone back to their animal roots. They’re no longer tame: they’re like a vicious bear and pig who want to go around and try and find prey.” Nervous smiles all round!
While a full trailer has yet to be released, film stills have been made public which reveal Pooh not as the cuddly yellow teddy we’re used to, but a creepy man in a mask.
As for Piglet, long gone is that innocent little smile and adorable button snout. In their place is a chilling grimace and tusks. Tusks! He does still have quite cute ears though.
Images of Waterfield’s take on Pooh and Piglet have gone viral, with one particularly harrowing film still showing them standing behind a woman in a hot tub, seemingly about to pounce.
Waterfield also told the outlet: “It’s scary but there’s also funny bits…there’s shots of Winnie the Pooh in a car and seeing him with his little ears behind the wheel and like slowly going over there [to murder her.]”
Surprisingly, the hashtag #PrayForEeyore is not yet trending on Twitter, but many social users have been quick to share their thoughts online.
‘Why the f**k [has] Winnie the Pooh of all things made it into a horror movie. Leave Pooh alone,” wrote one.
Another added: “I’m gonna sabotage the creation of that winnie the pooh horror movie,” while a third wrote: “Looks soo fun with such a dark twist.”
Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey was shot over ten days in England, not too far from Ashdown Forest, which was A. A. Milne’s 100 Acre Wood inspiration. The film is expected to be released later this year.
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