Are you ready to have your childhood icons turned into monsters? If the answer is yes, I have good news for you. Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey is in theaters, and it is quite an experience. I have a lot of thoughts on this one, and if you are into campy slasher films, you will want to stick around to read this review.

About Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey

As a child, Christopher Robin (Frederick Dallaway) befriended a group of creatures he found in the Hundred Acre Wood. These are no ordinary woodland animals; they are part human, part animal hybrids. As time passes, Christopher must decide to leave his friends and go to college. Unfortunately, they see it as him abandoning them and vow revenge. After becoming accustomed to Christopher bringing them food, the group must find new sources. When pickings become slim, they turn on one of their own.

Years later, a now-adult Christopher Robin (Nikolai Leon) returns to the Hundred Acre Wood with his wife Mary (Paula Coiz) to introduce her to his childhood friends. Sadly, nothing is the same, and returning is the worst decision imaginable.

Piglet raises a hammer

Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey stars Nikolai Leon, Paula Coiz, Craig David Dowsett, Chris Cordell, Maria Taylor, Natasha Rose Mills, Danielle Ronald, Natasha Tosini and Amber Doig Thorne. Rhys Frake-Waterfield wrote and directed the film. The characters are based on those created by A.A. Milne.

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Fun Fact: This movie was made possible by A.A. Milne’s 1926 novel Winnie-The-Pooh entering the public domain in the U.S. in 2022.

My Thoughts

This movie is a typical low-budget slasher film, complete with familiar tropes and scenes. The premise is somewhat unique since it revolves around the beloved residents of the Hundred Acre Wood. As kids, who didn’t wonder what would become of Pooh, Piglet, Rabbit and the rest when Christopher Robin inevitably grew up and left? Well, we now have an answer. They become feral and develop a hatred of humans. They blame Christopher for what they must do to survive.

I thoroughly enjoyed watching Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey. It is a good time, but it does have flaws. There are multiple scenes that I found entirely pointless. Around 20-30 minutes could have been taken out, and the story would not have suffered. For example, the victim’s shirt randomly rips off during one kill scene. In another instance, a character puts on makeup in her underwear/bathing suit. Completely unnecessary.

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The effects are cheesy, which I do not say as a bad thing. Pooh’s face changes a few times. At one point, most of the prosthetics are missing, and it’s mostly just yellow paint. His hands change as well. Sometimes, they are painted yellow. Other times, the actor wears easily identifiable gloves. In one scene, Piglet appears to have a limp that disappears in the next scene.

Get Out is written on the windows in blood

One of the most amusing moments was Pooh trying to eat honey. The prosthetics on the actor’s face did not move at all. A little later, the mouth opens some, but that’s it.

In terms of acting, it is precisely what I expected. Pooh and Piglet walk around, run and swing weapons, nothing too intense. On the other hand, the victims require more effort and fall short. This fact helps make Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey an epic addition to the cheesy horror, low-budget slasher subgenre.

There are several homages to some of the most popular horror films, such as HalloweenA Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th. There is a car scene that is straight out of the original Halloween. If you know, you know. Likewise, there are multiple shots of running through the woods à la Friday the 13th.

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Overall, this film is fun, cheesy and entertaining. Is it going to win awards? Not likely. However, I highly recommend watching it at least once. If you are incredibly attached to the soft, sweet image of Pooh and Piglet, Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey is not a film you should watch. Give it a chance if you are up for bloody adventures in the Hundred Acre Wood.

Have you seen this movie yet? Let us know in the comments! In the meantime, check out the trailer below.

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