The Winnie the Pooh horror film, Blood and Honey, will hit theaters in February 2023 after it became a viral topic on social media.
After becoming a viral sensation, the horror movie Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey has secured a theatrical release date in February 2023. The film was first announced last May, not long after the beloved AA Milne Winnie the Pooh characters in the public domain. The gory take on the Hundred Acre Woods animals caused an uproar online when Jagged Edge Productions released photos from the upcoming movie in which a nightmarish Pooh and a tusked Piglet lurk over a potential victim. The August release of the first Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey trailer only added to the online hype as it showed the two beloved characters starting their murderous frenzy.
Directed by Rhys Frake-Waterfield, Blood and honey it was previously confirmed to be set years after the events in the classic stories. In the Frake-Waterfield retelling, Christopher Robin, Pooh’s human companion, stopped visiting the Hundred Acre Wood when he was growing up. Pooh and Piglet starve without their friend and are forced to return to their animal roots to survive, even going so far as to eat Eeyore. In Winnie the Pooh: Blood and HoneyAn adult Christopher Robin (Nikolai Leon) will return to his childhood home with his new wife, where his old friends are in the midst of a murderous frenzy against nearby college girls, seeking revenge.
Looks like the online interest in this fucking Pooh adaptation has paid off for Frake-Waterfield and Jagged Edge Films. The Hollywood Reporter has reported that Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey has secured a one-day theatrical release on February 13, 2023. Fathom Events, responsible for the film’s distribution, will host the events in US theaters, while Altitude, Cineplex and Cinemex will handle the UK, Canadian and Mexican releases. The buzz around Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey also seems to have motivated the filmmakers, as the report also indicates that Frake-Waterfield is both a sequel and a twisted Peter Pan horror movie.
Will Blood & Honey live up to the pre-release hype?
Schedule a sequel before the release of Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey is a bold move for Frake-Waterfield. Much of the buzz for the horror movie right now depends on the novelty of the audience seeing everyone’s favorite teddy bear turn into a slasher villain. But novelty cannot replace quality, and as horribly humorous as the idea of killer Pooh is, there’s no guarantee that Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey will be enough of a hit with horror audiences to deserve a sequel, especially considering it’s only getting a one night release, a model that generally works more for reissues than brand new movies.
Still, horror movies can be fertile ground for unexpected success stories. terrier 2 swept the box office, against all odds for a low-budget sequel to an obscure slasher, going from a weeklong theatrical performance to wide distribution, while Smile would dominate the box office in three weeks. Perhaps Jagged Edge and Frake-Waterfield have every right to be optimistic, and can only hope in February Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey will live up to audience expectations for a gory, subversive portrayal of the AA Milne character. With room for a sequel and a horror adaptation of Peter Pan, perhaps in the future lies a cinematic crossover of everyone’s favorite childhood character wreaking havoc on the screen.
More: Every Winnie-the-Pooh character confirmed for blood and honeySource: THR