With A.A. Milne's beloved children's book Winnie the Pooh entering public domain, an upcoming horror film titled Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey made rounds online, and the internet's childhood is ruined.
The film, directed by Rhys Frake-Waterfield, takes Winnie the Pooh down a more gruesome path. Instead of his usual cuddly form, Pooh looks more monstrous and sinister—like a man-bear hybrid—in first-look photos. This version of the character is not related to Disney's Pooh.
There aren't any plot details online yet, but the movie's IMDB page says it will be a "horror retelling of the famous legend of Winnie the Pooh." It is unknown if other characters from the Hundred Acre Wood will also be featured in it, but so far, it looks like Piglet will be in the movie, too.
Earlier in January, Milne's Winnie the Pooh characters, except for Tigger, entered the public domain which means anyone can create their original iterations of Pooh and include them in any creative work.
On Twitter, users are bewildered by the grisly take on Winnie the Pooh.
WHAT THE FUCK?! WHO WATCHED/READ WINNIE THE POOH AS A CHILD AND THOUGHT "You know what? This will make a compelling horror film one day"?! https://t.co/cVUEfL2Qq6— 🎵 RR: Reese's Geeses (@Kyiel_Reese) May 26, 2022
everything don’t gotta be tampered with in the entertainment industry…. Turning Winnie the Pooh into a horror movie??? Is nothing sacred???? pic.twitter.com/SzlVrNNohB— aco ⁱˢ ᴾʳᵒᵒᶠ (@wytd134340) May 26, 2022
Not even a full year after Winnie the Pooh becomes public domain and y’all are already turning him into a serial killer. What does that say about humanity?— Kevstermania (@TheKevstermania) May 26, 2022
This actually made me kinda sad. In the midst of a world of chaos you turn something cute into horror. Can we keep one thing sane please? Winnie the Pooh— beee (@waterchild92) May 26, 2022
Why would y’all ruin Winnie the Pooh that jus dumb asf https://t.co/XbFNUOaXyd— MFMB_RON (@PabloEscobar23_) May 26, 2022
Meanwhile, others were excited about what the movie has in store.
Awwww helll yeahhhhhhhhh let's goooooo ( ⓛ ω ⓛ *)— Evan🏳️⚧️Gelion (@BlankGelion) May 26, 2022
This is why I love the public domain https://t.co/0jVDyjqUfs
i love when they take things like winnie the pooh or the banana splits and turn it into cheesy, not great slasher movies. the nostalgia of childhood and horror merging into one is so fun, even when it’s shit pic.twitter.com/UoqET8buEU— ･ﾟ･ kyler * ･ (@slshers) May 26, 2022