The new film version of Winnie the Pooh made viewers concerned with the idea of messing with the concept of their childhood characters. (Photo Credit: Brooke Fechtel/Achona Online/Canva)
The new film version of Winnie the Pooh made viewers concerned with the idea of messing with the concept of their childhood characters.

Photo Credit: Brooke Fechtel/Achona Online/Canva

Reviewing Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey

March 13, 2023

This is an honest review of the new movie, Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey. This article contains spoilers. 

Winnie the Pooh is a childhood storybook and cartoon series about a young British boy, Christopher Robin, and his animal friends. This circle of friends consists of Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, Tigger, Rabbit, Kanga, Roo, and Owl. They all live happily in the 100-acre woods, a small forest where most of the adventures of Christopher Robin and his friends take place. 

This blissful and childish view of the series was tarnished after the horror movie, Blood and Honey, came out on February 15. This movie, directed by British filmmaker Rhys Waterfield, offers viewers to look at their childhood characters through a new lens. The new film is centered around Pooh and Piglet who have been left by Christopher after he attends college away from the 100-acre woods. Being left to fend for themselves, the animals turn on each other and become rabid. In the new film, Pooh and Piglet are the only animals seen, implying that they have eaten the others. While Christopher is the main character in the original series, he is rarely seen in the film. Instead, a group of girls wanting to get away from home for a bit, find themselves doomed in the territory of Pooh and Piglet. In short, the girls are unable to escape the clutches of the rabid characters and are all killed off while Christopher, who has little involvement in the movie, escapes alive. 

In my opinion, this movie felt like it had no end. I watched the entire spiel, but it just went on and on and on. While believing that at least one of my favored characters would escape with their life, this proved hopeless as each of the girls was hunted down and killed consecutively. Usually, when watching horror films, one is acquainted with the feeling of being at the edge of their seat. After the first three murders, I just helplessly watched each character be brutally and predictably murdered. I lost all sense of suspense. Furthermore, this movie had no plot, unless a vicious rampage of non-stop violence is considered a plot.

Additionally, the video quality was extremely poor. Even the extremely low budget for the movie could not justify the absence of editing in this movie. The screen was so dark for the majority of the film that I found it very hard to see what was going on. Usually, the editing team is able to brighten the screen so the audience is actually able to watch the movie, but in Blood and Honey, it seemed that there was a complete lack of editing, if any at all. The dark screen just added to the unpleasurable experience of watching this film.

This film is a hopeless attempt at turning a childhood classic on its head. By using Winnie the Pooh and Piglet as the main characters, the producers hoped that this movie would appeal to anyone who is familiar with the classic series. However, this film managed to spark more rage than pleasure. Many believed that corrupting the naive characters ruined the pleasant memories they created when they were children. This film failed at appealing to its target audience and instead became a controversial and hated film.

When watching, I could not help but laugh at the overly dramatic and excessive violence mixed with the poor video quality. I really do not recommend this movie to anyone for these reasons; however, if one is in need of a potentially frightening and even comedic film, Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey is definitely a candidate.   


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