Winnie the Pooh Horror Film Set to Release in February 2023

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Winnie the Pooh Horror Film Set to Release in February 2023

The Winnie-the-Pooh horror film ‘Blood and Honey’ is finally set to release on February 2023. In May 2017, not long after A.A. Milne’s famous Winnie, the Pooh characters joined the public domain: the announcement of the film was made. Jagged Edge Productions unveiled stills from the forthcoming movie, showing a nightmare version of Pooh and a tusked Piglet prowling over a possible victim, the film’s dark interpretation of the Hundred Acre Woods creatures provoked an uproar online. Since the first trailer for Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey was released online in August, there has been even more anticipation for the film.

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Blood And Honey, directed by Rhys Frake-Waterfield, has long been known to take place in the future in comparison to the events in the original tales. In Frake-version, Waterfield’s Pooh’s human friend Christopher Robin eventually stopped making trips to the Hundred Acre Wood as he got older.

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 In their desperation to find food, Pooh and Piglet resort to eating Eeyore, reverting to their animalistic ways. An adult Christopher Robin (Nikolai Leon) returns to his boyhood home with his new wife in Winnie-The-Pooh: Blood and Honey, where he finds his old buddies in the middle of a homicidal spree against local college ladies.

Frake-Waterfield and Jagged Edge Films seem to have reaped the benefits of the Internet buzz around their violent Pooh version. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the one-day theatrical release of Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey has been scheduled on February 13, 2023. 

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The film’s distributor, Fathom Events, will be in charge of the screenings in the United States, while Altitude, Cineplex, and Cinemex will manage the releases in the United Kingdom, Canada, and Mexico, respectively. The story also suggests that Frake-Waterfield is planning both a sequel to Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey and a twisted Peter Pan horror movie, suggesting that the success of the first has inspired the latter.

Horror films may sometimes provide unexpectedly fruitful results. Despite being a low-budget sequel to an obscure slasher film, Terrifier 2 did very well at the box office, eventually receiving broad distribution after just a week in theaters, while Smile would reign supreme for three weeks. 

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Perhaps Jagged Edge and Frake-Waterfield have good reason to be hopeful, and they need only wait until next February to find out whether their bloody, subversive take on the A.A. Milne figure, Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey, lives up to fans’ expectations. There’s always a place for another Peter Pan movie, and with the horror genre on the rise, maybe we’ll get to see everyone’s favorite childhood figure wreak havoc on the big screen someday.

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